Wednesday, 19 December 2012

New Year Changes to Google Calendar

Google Calendar Appointment slots
As part of their “Winter Cleaning”, Google are discontinuing some features which experience low usage. Unfortunately they have included the Appointment slots feature as one of the features to be discontinued. This means that after January 4th, you won’t be able to create any new appointment slots. However, any that you have created before that time will work for the next year. Your normal Google Calendar events will not be affected, only those created with the Appointment slots feature.
We are currently assessing some promising alternatives to the Appointment slots feature and will have some advice ready for you in the new year.

Smart Rescheduler
The Smart Rescheduler lab, used for automatically finding alternative times for meetings has been replaced by the Suggested times feature, which is a part of calendar now, rather than an add on. If you have the Smart Rescheduler lab installed on your calendar, it will disappear from January 4th.

Google Sync
We also wanted to give some clarity on the situation with Google Sync, which many of us use to get mail and calendar on iPhones etc using Microsoft Exchange. This feature is being discontinued for personal Google accounts, but not for Educational domains. So for any personal accounts, this method will not work after January 4th, but your university, @sheffield.ac.uk, account will not be affected and will continue to work as it has been.