Yahoo Calendar incorporates Zimbra, integrates Flickr, adds features
Do you use Online Calendars? May be not, then it is time to give online calendar a try. Because Yahoo has recently made lot of changes to its Calendar (you might have not even seen the old one, huh…).
This new calendar has lot many features:
- Entire interface is renewed. Yahoo calendar now integrates Zimbra architecture as backend which provides cool enhancements to Yahoo Calendar. Zimbra is the email startup that Yahoo bought last year in $350 million.
- Flickr integration is a hint at where Yahoo is taking the calendar. Its integration converts the calendar to a window to discovering interesting events and content, as well as a window to the past.
Some salient features you will notice:
- You can easily share calendars with your friends as Yahoo now follows open standards like iCal and CalDAV.
- Yahoo Calendar incorporates Web 2.0 technology which provides cool visual effects. Feel it yourself.
- The new calendar is interoperable with the other popular services, including calendars from Apple, Microsoft, AOL, Mozilla Thunderbird, Evolution and Google.
- Subscribe to any public calendar with iCal format.
- Personalize calendar with Flickr photos and make it more appealing.
- Color coding allows you to manage different calendars.
- To-Do list is also available to keep track of action items.
- Complete list of changes you can view at Yahoo Mail blog.
Even though there are so many improvements in Yahoo Calendar, yet there are lot of important features still missing:
- Yahoo Calendar doesn’t sync with Outlook etc.
- You can’t specify which Flickr photos are shown. They appear randomly.
- You can’t embed your calendar in a website or blog etc.
- There is no support for weather as you might have seen in Google Calendar.
- In my personal opinion, Yahoo should look at iScrybe, Timebridge and 30boxes to check other advanced features they have to offer and see if Yahoo can incorporate some of them.
But since it is in early beta, so I am sure lot of new feature are in the pipeline. This new calendar is really a leap from its predecessor. You may try it by heading over to http://switch.calendar.yahoo.com and sign-up for it.
Hey, by the way, FYI, Windows Live Hotmail Calendar also got a facelift recently. Check that out too.