February 27, 2018

New Google Calendar Coming Feb. 28!

Effective February 28, Google is permanently replacing their current Calendar application with a brand new design. Starting the 28th, there won't be an option for you to "opt out" of using the new design.  

New Features

See conference room details when booking a room. ITS can now enter detailed information about meeting rooms—so you know where a conference room is located, how large it is, and whether it has audio/video equipment or is wheelchair accessible. Simply hover over the room name in Calendar when you want to book a space, and a pop up will appear with details about the conference location and resources. This feature will be coming soon!

Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites. Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This can help you create more detailed agendas and ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.

Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view. Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for employees who manage multiple calendars, like administrative assistants, to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.

There are a number of other changes in Calendar, too. Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite. There’s also a new way to view and restore deleted items in one place in case you accidentally delete a meeting invite. Additionally, "Day,” "Week,” and "Month" views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers. 

For more detail on the changes, check out this post from Google.