It has taken seemingly forever but a new update to the Google Calendar app for Android finally, finally lets you duplicate events in one calendar and copy events between calendars. The updated build of the app is version 5.8.18 for those keeping score at home. It was released late last week but it is just now rolling out to everyone.
The update to Google Calendar brings two big improvements. First, you can now duplicate an event on your calendar. Now, instead of having to create it completely from scratch, you can duplicate a current event on your calendar and use it as a template of sorts.
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Google has announced the dates when G Suite customers will begin getting the new Google Calendar. To this point, G Suite admins have been able to manually force the update on domains or to delay the release of the new Material Design calendar on their domains. Now that is changing with several key dates coming up.
For domains that are in the Rapid Release schedule, users will start getting update next Monday, January 8th if their domain is set to automatic updating. Users can still opt out, for now. For those domains in the Scheduled Release bracket, you will get the update following Monday, January 15th. Again, users can opt out for now.
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For those readers who administer a Google G Suite environment, take note of an announcement that Google made this week. On February 28, 2018 the classic Google Calendar interop tool will be shuttered, meaning that you will need to be using the new tool which was announced back in July.
For those who aren’t familiar with this tool, it allows for the seamless coexistence of a Microsoft Exchange or Office 365 environment within a G Suite account in that same environment. That means users can search across not only Google Calendar but Microsoft-based calendars for information, meeting times and the like.
In July, Google released a far more robust version of this interop tool, bringing several new features and overall stability to the solution. That is the version that Google wants you using and, come February next year, you will have to use it going forward.
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Microsoft has quietly rolled out a new feature on their personal assistant Cortana that Android users will appreciate. Now in Microsoft Cortana, you can set up the assistant to have access to your Google account, allowing it to access both your Google calendar as well as your contacts. Previously calendars and contacts were limited to Office 365 accounts or to an Outlook.com account.
The addition of Google services means that users of Cortana on their Android phone, PC or their Harman Kardon Invoke, will be able to ask Cortana about events on their Google Calendar or make a call to a Google Contact, a likely scenario for Android users.
As you would expect, this new integration requires that you connect your Google account to Cortana and authorize it. This is done via Connected Services which can be found in your Cortana Notebook section of the app or on your PC.
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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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