Google, the company behind the popular Android OS platform, has dished out a new tool for its Google Calendar service, coined 'Smart Rescheduler'.
This nifty service automatically reschedule meetings created by Google Calendar users by grabbing information from the schedules of the people involved in the meeting or event.
According to a blog post on the official Gmail Blog, the feature, which is now available for download from the Google Calendar Labs, will present users with a ranked list of best possible timings for the meeting to be rescheduled, by 'investigating' the Calendars of other members who have shared them with the meeting group.
Google explained that once the tool has been downloaded, in order to reschedule a meeting, all the user has to do is select a meeting and click the 'Find a new time' button. The tool has been devised after months of research and finding the best possible algorithm for automating the date finding process.
Commenting on the capabilities of the new Calendar tool, David Marmaros, Software Engineer, Gmail software engineer at Google, wrote on the blog that “Google Calendar can make some educated guesses about how easy it might be to reschedule a conflicting meeting and even find you a replacement conference room nearby.”
A complete overhaul of Google Calendar is well overdue. This is one service that Google will have to integrate more tightly with Gmail in order to give to Outlook users the incentive to move from Microsoft's proprietary solution.