Friday, 18 January 2013

Long Live Appointment Slots

We are pleased to announce that as of yesterday, Google have reversed their decision to discontinue the appointment slots feature in calendar. This is great news for us, as although appointment slots weren't used widely in terms of Google's overall user base, here and all over HE institutions the feature is used widely.

Here at CiCS we have been heavily involved in the ongoing dialogue with Google about their initial decision. We lead HE institutions from both the UK and around the world in expressing our concerns over the removal of the feature. We also provided detailed feedback on the numerous (double figures) suggested alternatives to the appointment slots feature, and their various shortcomings. Hearing our feedback, Google have listened and elected to retain the feature for Apps for Education, Government, and Business domains.

For those of you previously unaware of the appointment slots feature, it lets you set a period of time on your calendar, divided into available time slots for people to reserve. You simply choose your time period and appointment length then email your calendar's appointment page to people to book their slot.