Back in August word leaked out that Google, at long last, was working on an overhaul of the Google Calendar for the web interface on the desktop. Although details were slim, Google had started some testing and we could tell some of Google’s mobile Material Design concepts were heading to the desktop version of Calendar. With Google’s announcement yesterday the new version is ready not only with a new look, but Google is bringing some new features to users.
As some of Google’s screenshots reveal, Google Calendar is getting an updated color palette and a responsive layout to help keep things looking just right. While the overhauled look and feel is a welcome change to the Calendar, users will likely be more interested in some of the new features. Some of the new capabilities that Google highlights in this update include:
- Formatting options in calendar entries and invites. In addition to being able to link to relevant documents, users will now be able to open them directly in the “Event Detail” view. Google also provides some formatting options in the event details tab, including some basics like bold, italics, underline and bulleted/numbered lists. Users can also insert hyperlinks along with attaching documents.
- G Suite enterprise users can see room details. For users accessing Calendar through a G Suite account, admins will be able to add information about meeting rooms that end users can see. This would include information like where the room is located, how many people it can hold, whether A/V equipment is available, and accessibility information. Google also makes it easy to access this information as users can just hover over the room name to trigger a pop-up displaying the details.
- Side-by-side calendar view. Another improvement aimed at enterprise G Suite users is the ability to display multiple calendars side-by-side in the Day view. This would be used by individuals who may be scheduling meetings for others.
Google says there are many other improvements throughout the new Calendar like the ability to view and restore deleted items, other places where popups are used like contact information for meeting participants, and better accessibility for different views.
The new version is rolling out to personal users now. Just look for the “Use new Calendar” button in the upper right corner of the classic calendar to make the switch. If you decide you don’t like the changes, you can revert via the Settings button. For G Suite users, admins will handle the rollout of the new calendar to their enterprise.