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Michael Arrington with TechCrunch called it "fast, slick and stable" and indicated that the "key driver" of Google Calendar would be its Gmail integration. CNET pointed out that there's some very likely integration with other emerging Web technologies such as podcasts, where the time-based integration is a logical connect to have an easy means to find and trigger such "programming" (Think TV Guide for the Web).
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I'm not sure how all this will pan out, but at first glance, Google Calendar has a nice and simple UI, does what you need it to do in terms of easily jotting down events, busy time, etc., and, most importantly, allows one user to share their calendar with other individuals and the world. It's this last feature that most intrigues me: Suddenly, my calendar isn't locked up on an island anymore, but has an API open to the rest of the Internet.
We inside IBM have been using the Lotus Notes calendar feature for years. My entire work existence is driven by that calendar. I'd completely lose my mind without it, and so would many of my colleagues. IBMers can send invites to one another and to the outside world to schedule conference calls, meetings, block busy time to get some real work done (shhhh), etc., and much of it (but certainly not all) without an assistant's intervention.
And, most all of it in hour increments (You want to catch an IBMer in between calls? Be sure and call them at 2 minutes after the hour: that's when they're in transition from their previous call to their next call.) When you're a peon like myself who doesn't have an assistant, frictionless, effortless calendaring is absolutely crucial to your work sanity.
So here's my take on Google Calendar from what I've seen thus far: Assuming this neat, clean, easy-to-use AJAX-driven calendar app stays stable, dependable and secure, Google will help bring this capability we've had inside IBM for years to the rest of the world.
Just get ready: Your time may never again be your own!