Google unveils Calendar beta service

— 9:12 AM on April 13, 2006

Google has officially taken the wraps off its Calendar service, and it is now freely available as a public beta. Last month, TechCrunch leaked screenshots of the app, then code-named CL2, which was reportedly in a closed beta with only 200 users. The Calendar uses an asynchronous XML and JavaScript interface with a layout and color scheme quite similar to Gmail's. It allows users to share their calendar with other people, as well as set up multiple calendars, send invitations, quickly add events, and search through one or more calendars. The service also integrates with Gmail, which Google claims now automatically recognizes "events mentioned in emails." A complete overview of the Calendar's features is available here, and Google has set up a five-page tour of the service, as well.

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