Hey Google — where’s my calendar?

by Mathew on February 23, 2006 · 22 comments

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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  • http://lifekludger.net Dave the lifekludger

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

  • http://www.folknology.com/1/1/ Al

    They will do it differently thats for sure

  • http://www.disambiguity.com leisa reichelt

    yes please Google!

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

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  • http://automailer.com/tws/ physio

    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…

  • scott brooks

    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

  • http://hawkeye.weblogs.us Murali

    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

  • http://www.nosoapradio.org Narendra

    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!

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  • Mathew

    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

  • http://peterdawson.typepad.com /pd

    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 :)-

  • Mathew

    Hey thanks, Peter — that’s pretty cool.

    Mathew

  • http://peterdawson.typepad.com /pd

    your welcome

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

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