Gadgets coming to Google Calendar. (Some have them already).

Gadgets coming to Google Calendar. (Some have them already).

google-calendar-gadgets-appearingA Google Blogoscoped reader sent in an interesting email with screenshots indicating Google Calendar is to receive Gmail like Gadgets. With tasks recently added to the app, its not surprising Google are taking things further with new enhancements.

Andrew Pariser describes what he sees:

Opened up gcal today, to find an interesting new “Gadgets” link under the google logo. Clicking it opens a right side pane that introduces a gadgets menu and a selection of gadgets to choose from:

  • Add Tasks
  • Add Googler Search
  • Add Jump to Date
  • Add Next Meetings
  • Add Time Zones
  • Add Where Are My Friends?

I also have a nice “INTERNAL ONLY” tag at the top of this menu, even though I’m not and have never been a google employee. (…)

Most of the gadgets (tasks, jump to date, time zone) are pretty obvious. Next meetings shows the next event scheduled in your calendar. Googler search presumably allows me to search the employee database, although I think it’s disabled for me. Where are my friends allows you to add friends and it displays their availability information as decided by their google calendar (provided they keep this information publicly viewable).

Commenters on Google Blogscoped have confirmed they too see the new features, but clearly the features have only been enabled for actually Google employees and something (or someone) has unintentionally made it available to a select few non-Google employees :)

Do you see them?

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