- Posted October 8th, 2008 at 12:46 pm by HuongT
- Categories: Address Book & Calendar, All-New Mail, General, New Stuff, Screencasts
It is with much excitement (and much relief because I can stop ducking the questions) that I can share with you the news about our All-New Yahoo! Calendar.
You’ve been asking (a lot) and I’ve been rather coy, but now you know why. Yahoos have had a chance to play with it for a few months now, and I’m very comfortable telling you (and all of my friends) that it is worth the wait.
Granted many of you may be wondering why an online calendar is that big a deal. After all, despite the fact that most web-based mail services have integrated calendars, adoption has remained somewhat low (by comparison). We think that is going to change, and here’s why:
- Open standards like iCalendar and CalDAV make all calendars work together so people can share their schedules online without the hiccups of the past.
- Broadband and mobile device ubiquity means you’re always connected, even if you don’t like to admit it. You need your busy life to be in order and follow you wherever you go.
- Web 2.0 technologies have made it possible to incorporate very cool visual effects and practical functions like event discovery.
By leveraging some of the technology that the Zimbra team has brought to the table, and by working with many other groups in the online calendaring community, we have brought a lot of exciting stuff to the new Yahoo! Calendar. One of the components we deemed most critical was improving the ways for you to connect with your friends and family – even those who aren’t using Yahoo! Calendar. Our new Calendar is interoperable with the other popular services, including calendars from Apple, Microsoft, AOL, Mozilla, and Google.
Other bells and whistles include:
- Subscribe to any iCalendar-based public calendar and add upcoming events and show times to your Yahoo! Calendar. This means you’ll be able to plan for a local concert when your favorite band comes to town and you’ll know when the next new episode of 30 Rock will air.
- Personalize your Yahoo! Calendar with interesting photos from Flickr to make your online calendar as visually appealing as it is productive.
- Set email, IM or SMS reminders for important activities and never miss a birthday or anniversary again.
- Easily drag and drop events to reschedule appointments without having to refresh your Web page.
And this is really only the beginning. We are working on auto-sync capabilities with Outlook, options to download relevant calendars with ease (think sports teams, class schedules, etc.), and snazzy integration with many other Yahoo! properties.
So whether you were among those who have been eagerly awaiting news of an update, or are just someone curious about how useful an online calendar can be, you should head over to http://switch.calendar.yahoo.com and sign-up for the best Yahoo! Calendar we’ve ever offered. The early stages of the Beta are limited, so get on the waiting list now! If you want to take a look before you sign-up, or want our Calendar guru (Herbert) to show you around, check out the screencast below. We’ve also got a jumbo version if you’d like to view the video more clearly.
Thanks to the magic of recent polling, it looks like many of you are using the All-New Yahoo! Mail. The tip I wanted to go over will be focused toward you guys, but maybe some of you Classic users will be compelled to give New Mail another try after learning this.One of the most popular features in the All-New Mail is the Preview Pane. When you click on a message in your inbox, it loads automatically in the window just below. This can be an amazing time saver if you are reviewing a lot of messages.
Anyway, some folks may not like the size of their Preview Pane. Maybe it’s not big enough to get a good look at some of the fancier emails you receive. Maybe it’s too big and keeps you from seeing a preferred number of messages in your inbox. Maybe still you just don’t want it at all, but still like the other aspects of All-New Mail.
I have good news for anyone in one of those three categories, because you can resize your Preview Pane anywhere from small … to giant … to non-existent. Just look for the three little dots at the center of the bar dividing the two sections. If you mouse over it you’ll see that you can click and drag it up or down, depending on how you want your space arranged.