Google Calendar Gets a Big Update on the Web

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud with 21 Comments

Google Calendar Gets a Big Update on the Web

Google Calendar on the web is getting its first major refresh in years today with a modern and responsive new design.

Which is great news: Google Calendar on mobile has long been a visual treat, but the web version is … decidedly less so. But that’s about to change.

“Starting today, a fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web to help you manage your time more efficiently and get more done,” Google Calendar product manager Lars Krüger writes. “We’re taking a lot of what you know and love from Calendar’s mobile application, like the modern color palette and sleek design, and bringing it to the web with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size. We’ve also added more features for enterprises to help teams schedule and prepare for meetings.”

Here’s what’s new.

Responsive design. Like Google Calendar on mobile, the web version now sports a modern, colorful, and sleek design. It’s responsive, too, so it should look and work well across different form factors.

Meeting room details. G Suite admins can now configure detailed information about their organizations’ meeting rooms so employees can find out where it is, how large it is, which amenities it offers, and so on.

Rich formatting and hyperlinks. I’ve never understood why Google Calendar’s event details pane was only plain text, but now it (finally) offers rich formatting, including hyperlink support. You know, like a big boy calendar.

Side-by-side calendars. Now, you can view two or more calendars side-by-side in separate columns. (You must be in Day view to access this feature.)

But wait, there’s more. “Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite,” Krüger explains. “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.”

You can learn more about the changes in Google Calendar support.

According to Google, the changes are rolling out to personal users (with Gmail accounts) immediately, and you can select a “Use new Calendar” option in the upper right to access it immediately. I’m not seeing that with my Gmail account, however. At least not yet.

If you’re on a G Suite account, you might need to wait: The new Google Calendar will rollout starting on November 14 for those on Rapid Release and November 28 for those on Scheduled Release. Each rollout will occur over 8 weeks, so it could be early 2018 before some users see it. (You can also choose your own timing in the G Suite Admin console.)

 

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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Google Calendar Gets a Big Update on the Web”

  1. Nicholas Kathrein

    looks very nice

  2. sportflier

    Interesting, I'm not seeing the new version nor am I getting the option to switch to it.

  3. Bob Shutts

    If you're using the Google Calendar App, it automatically opens in the new format.

  4. polymath

    ...and... local weather...where did that go?


    www.wikihow.com/Display-Weather-Information-in-Google-Calendar


  5. dc696969

    But, we STILL can't create a repeating entry for the last day of every month!!!

  6. germdy

    About time....

  7. dontbe evil

    outlook.com say welcome to 2010

  8. theshum

    Finally!

  9. Jeff Jones

    In the screen shot it looks like they merged the double header together into a single bar, freeing up some extra space for the calendar. So that's pretty nice. Then they used up that extra space with gigantic numbers at the top of each day. I like the overall look though with those extra-large space-wasting numbers.

  10. pepesilvia

    You can upgrade to the new design by visiting

    https://calendar.google.com/calendar/render?new_calendar_optin=true

    and clicking on the Use new calendar button

  11. skane2600

    Yes, it's more colorful. "Modern" and "sleek" are just gobbledygook terms.

  12. nightmare99

    Wow that looks almost usable.

      • Stooks

        In reply to Waethorn:

        Explain how Outlook's is not usable. I just did a side by side test and there is nothing I could not do that the other one does not do. Both were fast and responsive.


        Or is it just your inner Google fangirl coming out??


        Personally I use Gmail as my default email/calendar/contact service and I thought the old version worked just fine.

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