On Tuesday, Google launched new scheduling-related options for Gmail with Google Calendar integration together with fast occasion creation and simple availability sharing. Gmail will now have a calendar icon on the backside of the dialog view, which may have two choices — “Create an occasion” and “Supply occasions you’re free”.
The “Create an occasion” button is kind of easy — it generates a Google Calendar occasion with the e-mail topic because the occasion title and recipients of the e-mail as individuals. It additionally generates a gathering abstract within the e-mail physique to shortly share the assembly. This function was already out there in Gmail, however was below the three-dot menu.
The brand new availability-sharing function opens the calendar within the sidebar and allows you to drag slots throughout completely different days to share them with the recipient. Whilst you can share your availabilities in an e-mail with a number of folks, solely the primary individual accepting a slot shall be added to the invite robotically.
The scheduling area has seen the rise of a number of instruments together with Calendly, open-source Cal.com, Spark Captial-backed Amie, and Y-Combinator-backed Vimcal. Google is now providing a straightforward various to those instruments in relation to reserving 1:1 conferences and sharing availability.
Google Calendar is on a feature-releasing spree with features like assist for paid conferences and higher work location data sharing. The primary function permits freelancers to take paid conferences with a Stripe account integration. The second function, launched final week, lets hybrid employees share their work location primarily based on the time of the day to point if they’re working from residence, the workplace, or one other location.