After months of testing by Google Top Contributors and Googlers, the new Material Design look of Google Calendar has gone live. All accounts should be seeing the option to go to the new calendar look over the course of the next 48 hours.
The update brings a much needed refresh of the Google Calendar interface which, let’s be honest, was a bit “engineering looking” for the longest time. The new look fits well into the overall Material Design look and feel that Google is after in their own apps for Android and other web-based apps.
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While overall a minor update, the latest build of Google Calendar for Android brings a long desired feature by users: Drag & Drop moving of events. The new feature is in version 5.7.29 and that update is now rolling out into the Play Store. Expect the update to hit your phones and tablets over the course of the next few days.
With this new feature, when you are in any view except monthly, you can now tap & hold then move an event on your calendar to a new time or day. No more having to go into the event and manually edit the times or day. Once you have moved it, anyone who is associated with that event will automatically get an update emailed to them of the day and/or time change.
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With the 2017 Major League Baseball season underway, you may want to keep up with your favorite team’s schedule. Given that the baseball season is at least 162 games (if your team doesn’t make the playoffs), who they are playing, where and when can be a bit of a challenge to keep up with day-to-day. Google, however, has made it pretty easy. In Google calendar, they have the schedule for all of the MLB teams but also for a wide range of other global sports such as cricket, rugby and football (or soccer as we call it in America). While you can’t add these calendars from the Android app for Google Calendar, you can sync them with it so you have your favorite team in your favorite sport schedule with you all the time.
In this How To, I’ll show you were to go to add these calendars to your Google Calendar then how to sync them with your phone or tablet.
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Most certainly file this one under finally! Microsoft has announced that support for Google Calendar and Google Contacts is finally coming to Outlook for Mac. For those on Windows 10 using Outlook for Windows, this is no big deal. The support for integrating your Google Calendar into Outlook has been there pretty much from the beginning. Not the case for Mac users. While adding your Gmail account to Outlook for Mac was no biggie, your calendar and contacts from Google would not sync. It just wasn’t an option.
In an announcement to the Office Insiders, Microsoft has started rolling out the support for Google Calendar and Contacts to those in the Insider Fast Ring. The feature is certainly still in the test phase, so much so that Microsoft isn’t rolling it out to everyone who is an Insider. Those who don’t get it immediately will be prompted at some point in the future to add their Google account so they can start testing.
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To help you keep track of your exercise goals, Google has announced a new integration between Google Calendar and Google Fit. The change is behind the scenes and once it rolls out to everyone, you can track your exercising in Google Fit and it will automatically mark your time slot for exercising in Google Calendar as “done”. It is a nice and easy way to keep track of your exercise routine while making sure it is built into your daily schedule.
Goal tracking in Google Calendar is not new. It has been there since April of last year and allows you to track anything from exercise to reading time to learning a new language. The goals are quite handy actually and the app is smart enough to look at what is on your calendar and schedule that goal in a time period where you don’t have other activities. You can also tell it to set a time for the goal in the morning, afternoon or evening for even more refinement. Now, on your exercise goals, you can tie them in with Google Fit so when you complete an exercise there, it update Calendar automatically as the goal being complete.
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Google Calendar for Android has an update rolling out that brings mostly one new but desired feature by users: A monthly calendar view widget. The updated version of the app, version 5.6.2 for those keeping score at home, allows you to add a widget that can be resized to show an entire month of your calendar without having to open the app itself. This is a feature that many other calendar apps have already so it is very much a catch up feature. Previously you only had one widget which provided you the schedule view. It too was resizable but it would just stretch out the items on your schedule. Not super useful if you need to see what you have going on a few weeks from now.
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Google Calendar for Android has been updated and with it comes a new event conflict notification feature. This feature shows you in the app as you try to schedule another event where you have conflicts in your schedule. The idea is to prevent yourself from double-booking events only to realize it later. This feature actually rolled out to those who use the app as part of Google apps for Work or Education last month as they were tied to domains associated with those services. Google has now rolled it out to everyone although it does have some limitations.
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