Not content with controlling a majority of the market for online search and search-related advertising, Google has been rolling out add-ons to its online hegemony over the past year or so, including GTalk, Google Analytics and so on. And the most recent – not including the hideous and lame Google Page Creator – was the addition of a hosted email and domain service, which The Scobleizer got all upset about for some reason.

But there’s more. Garett Rogers, the ZDNet columnist who first spotted evidence of the hosted email solution — hidden inside the Javascript code that underlies Google’s Gmail webmail service — has found something else in the entrails of Google’s programming. It appears to be the precursor of a voicemail offering Google plans to roll out, which would make sense considering that voice-over-Internet calling is part of its GTalk service. What would make more sense than bundling instant messaging, voice calling and voice messaging into one web-based application?

So let’s think about that for a minute. Email, contact manager, voicemail, instant messaging all integrated into one app. What is it missing? If it were Microsoft’s Outlook, it would be missing a calendar, so you could schedule things with all your business or social contacts. So where’s the calendar, Google? It has been much rumoured in the past, and rumours have sprung to life again more recently.

Will Google do it? It seems like a natural fit in many ways, and it could be one of the last links in the chain – apart from the word processor and spreadsheet part, of course – creating a Google hosted-Office suite of some kind. One thing is for sure: many people seem to want them to do it. And the customer is always right.

Update:

Google also appears to be getting close to finally launching a Finance hub. And Google Page Creator has been having some teething problems.

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22 Responses to “Hey Google — where’s my calendar?”
  1. some plans for telephony or a voice mail service? Will it connect with Google Talk? Update: It looks like several others have found this in the code and have written about it Garett Rogers at ZDNET, Boris MannVancouver who’s also from Vancouver andMathew Ingram from the Globe and Mail. We all know the Google calendar has arrived, but we are waiting for the some more integration to provide an online alternative to Office.

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  3. Office, once again a Google Calendar project is the sasquatch of the online world, with rumoured sightings everywhere, including by Paul Kedrosky (now at least a part-time Google spotter). Except … this is starting to look real. And, of course, asMathew Ingram points out, it makes sense and the market wants it (and if the latest version of Google Desktop Search can share my search results across platforms, surely a shareable calendar can’t be far off?). Latest sign?

  4. One billion iTunes sold. Lucky Alex Ostrososky whose $.99 to download “Speed of Sound” sent the counter rolling over to 1,000,000,000 won 10 iPods, a $10,000 iTunes music card and a 20 inch iMac Wired says the Mac Attack a Load of Crap.Matthew Ingram asks when will Google launch its calendar, Loren Baker speculates that Google is about to launch a finance channel and Gary Price asks why did Google launch a web page creator only to shut down registrations to use it.

  5. Google to Host Analyst Day Google has announced they’ll be hosting an Analyst Day on March 2nd. WebProNews > Blog Talk > Blog Talk 2006-02-24 Google Voicemail and Calendar? Mathew Ingram has evidence

  6. some plans for telephony or a voice mail service? Will it connect with Google Talk? Update: It looks like several others have found this in the code and have written about it Garett Rogers at ZDNET, Boris MannVancouver who’s also from Vancouver and Mathew Ingram from the Globe and Mail. We all know the Google calendar has arrived, but we are waiting for the some more integration to provide an online alternative to Office.

  7. If/when they do it, I hope they make it sync seemlessly with a pda running windows mobile.

  8. They will do it differently thats for sure

  9. yes please Google!

    having ditched outlook recently I’m eagerly anticipating a G-flavoured calendar.

  10. […] Except … this is starting to look real. And, of course, as Mathew Ingram points out, it makes sense and the market wants it (and if the latest version of Google Desktop Search can share my search results across platforms, surely a shareable calendar can’t be far off?). Latest sign? calendar.google.com exists (though (for now?) it points to google.com) – first spotted in the wild by SexyNinjaMonkey here. (Yet another reason to expect the PDA google-sync app I recently predicted?). Related Posts […]

  11. […] It’s coming, well so the analysis, trends, and slight rumors say. […]

  12. There’s a great number of people who have been waiting a long time for a Google calendar offering. Hopefully Google is waiting until they get it just about right. There have been many calendar offerings lately but none of them have what it takes to really take off. Maybe paitience is the key here.

    I hope it’s soon though…

  13. I agree i can’t wait till we see something else new from google.

    I disagree with your comment about google page creator. I think they hit the nail on the head with it. It is easy to use, intergrates well……it is just another peice in the puzzle.

    Thanks for good reading

    cheers

    scott

  14. The last time I really waited long for a Google product launch was their RSS feed reader and then they launched Google Reader, I still have NOT got over my utter revulsion to that offering

    So, in short … dont place your bets on a Google Calender product

  15. It’s all about the 30 Boxes. ;-)

    We hope that google can cobble together a nice events database, but for UI, social network, and an open API that already has people hacking, we’re moving fast!

  16. Google’s Scattered Science Experiment/Strategy

    There’s plenty of comment out there about Google Pages (Mathew Ingram, Search Engine Watch) but what really fascinates me is the company’s scattered approach to launching new services – something Peter Cashmore describes as "Spray and Pray"…

  17. Thanks for the comments, everyone — I think Dave the lifekludger has a good point about interoperability. I hope it is cross-platform and searchable and supports the iCal format and all those other good things.

    And Narendra, I wish you guys luck with 30 Boxes — it’s a cool app.

    Mathew

  18. hey matt – will GL2 will launch soon…((2nite ? at zero PDT ?).
    take a look at your account links

    and you will see;
    “Google CL2 – remove from your links
    A calendar for you and the world”

    you asked ..so theres the cutting edge info :)-

  19. Hey thanks, Peter — that’s pretty cool.

    Mathew

  20. your welcome

    …and an FYI.. also watch the cnet space :)- it will be transformed under an M&A mandate !!

  21. […] Google Calendar Rumors Heating Up “The World’s Information”, remember is a pretty broad net to cast.Google’s mission statement to organize the world’s information usually makes people think about all that public content. But, really, it also includes all of your own personal content: email, photos… stuff.Mathew Ingram points out that one enormous category of content that is not currently organized by Google is dates, appointments and events. Google Calendar, where are you?The question has to be: “what specific value does Google-organization bring?” They seem to have good solutions for email and content in general. How will they makes calendar information organization any more valuable? […]

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