Posted July 15, 2009 12:22 pm by with 6 comments

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A year ago, Gmail added a “lab” to introduce optional and experimental features. If you were worried about the future of Gmail Labs when Gmail finally came out of beta last week, I think we don’t have to worry anymore.

This week, another app that lost its beta status premieres a new Labs feature—Google Calendar. Google Blogoscoped noticed the addition today.


The first Labs features are:

  • Adding a background image
  • Attaching a Google Documents document, spreadsheet or presentation (but you have to share the doc in Gdocs to give others access)
  • World clock so you can see your friends’ local times
  • Jump to date for faster navigation
  • Countdown clock to your next meeting
  • Your friends’ status—free or busy (depending on whether they’ve shared their calendars with you)

We were initially disappointed with Gmail Labs (and they’ve only added a few of our suggestions). What do you think? Could Gcal have chosen better, more useful premiere labs, or is this a good start? Will you use these? What would you like to see added?

  • I think out of the gate you’d be hard pressed to find something more useful than the ability to attach Google Docs to Calendar events.

    Now only if I could paste images directly into calendar entries or Google Docs… that would be fantastic.

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  • Google is getting better with this.. I was really glad when they introduced the theme feature in gmail. Getting rid of the boring layout is now more fun. Lets see how it is with Google Labs, since I have not tried it out yet

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  • I see the new gmail theme and like it, I hope they will more better and make we satisfied use they service because they are best email but we not enjoy like use yahoo

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  • Google labs never disappoints. Sometimes I feel we are expecting too much good stuff because it is google.

  • Good stuff. I wil test it. Google is the king 🙂

  • Google is moving forward to gather personal information. Thanks for the information. Calender with good features.