Google Makes Scheduling Improvements to Google Calendar

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Google is rolling out some changes to the event page in Google Calendar. The goal is to make scheduling events easier, while making the style more consistent with other Google apps.

The information that is most commonly used is displayed at the top of the screen, the layout is simplified, and they've added some other features.

"The old interface for creating recurring events was clumsy and took up too much space on the screen," says software engineer Nassar Stoertz. "Now you'll see only a summary of your recurring event on the main event page; if you want to edit it, you can use a window that opens when you select the 'Repeats' checkbox."

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"You'll notice a new tab on the event page that should make it easier to find a good time to schedule an event," adds Stoertz. "When your friends or coworkers give you permission to see their calendars, you can click this tab to see a preview of their schedules and hover over their events to see what conflicts they might have. This should make scheduling a tad easier, especially for events with large numbers of guests."

Google Apps users can see data from other calendar services in the schedule preview thanks to Google's Calendar Connectors API.

Google has also added a "Working Hours" setting and a "Find a Time" tab on the event scheduling page that lets you see coworkers' schedules and choose meeting times. More on these features here.

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