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Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 4: Google Calendar
Published on Jul 18, 2011
Read our article, 'Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 4: Google Calendar' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
In previous installments of our Fantastic Free Cloud Apps series, we discussed DropBox, Survey Monkey and Evernote. We also defined the “cloud,”and discussed some of the ways it can be harnessed to help your small business.Next up in the series is Google Calendar.There was a time, not that long ago, that I used my Moleskine Weekly Plannerexclusively. Don’t get me wrong, Moleskine makes some fantastic notebooks and planners, and I still use them regularly. But trying to schedule my work, my wife’s work, as well as the kids’ camp, school and play dates proved difficult.
Enter Google Calendar, the free calendar service that you can access from any computer, as well as many mobile devices. It’s easily accessible, and since you can sync up with the Google Calendars of family, friends and coworkers, you can finally gain a clear picture of everything that’s going on. If you're a small business owner, syncing up with your team can help you keep your ducks in a row — making it easier for your business to grow. And, since the calendar lives in Google’s cloud, every time you add an event, anyone who has access to your calendar will see the update — whether they’re viewing it prom their iPhone, Blackberry or great grandma’s old desktop.
Here’s an overview of some of the benefits you can expect from this calendar app:
Easily share your schedule
Receive e-mail and text message reminders to keep you on schedule
Send invitations through the app, and receive RSVPs via e-mail or Google Calendar
Sync with iCal, Outlook and Mozilla Sunbird
Choose different colors for your events and the events of others
View and edit your calendar from any computer or mobile device
Offline access lets you see your schedule when you don’t have access to the cloud