New Labs Experiment for Google Calendar: Smart Rescheduler
Article by George Norman
On 25 Mar 2010
The development team behind Google Calendar keeps working on experiments during their 20% time (the one day per week when working on something that is not in the job description is okay) and keeps posting them on Google Calendar Labs. Earlier this month three Labs experiments were released: Event flair, Gentle reminders, and Automatically declining events.

A new Google Calendar Labs experiment has now been released: Smart Rescheduler. What this experiment does is it allows you to reschedule an event by looking at everybody else’s schedule, to assess whether rescheduling it on a particular day or a particular time would conflict with someone’s plans. All you have to do is turn on this Labs experiment (details on how to do this are available at the bottom), select an event, and click “Find a new time…” Smart Rescheduler will do the rest.

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Software Engineer David Marmaros, the one to come up with this experiment, explains:

“You'll see ranked list of possible times for your meeting. By investigating the calendars others have shared with you, 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. This process is 100% automated — no Google employees are doing any work behind the scenes. You can refine the results by marking people as optional, changing the meeting duration, ignoring certain conflicts, or specifying the earliest and latest times you'll accept. The results will immediately update to reflect your new requirements.”

Here is what you have to do to turn on the Mark Unread From Here offering in Gmail Labs:
  1. Go to Google Calendar (click here – a new tab will open), enter your login credentials and click Sign in. If you are already signed into your Google account, click this link and you can just skip step 2 in this tutorial.
  2. In the top right corner of the screen, right next to your username you should be able to see a green vial. You must click it. Alternatively you can click “Settings”, then click “Labs”.
  3. Scroll down until you find a Labs feature called Smart Rescheduler. Select Enable, then click Save Changes (there’s a Save Changes button at the top of the experiments list and at the bottom as well) and you’re done.




Tags: Google, Labs, Google Calendar, Smart rescheduler
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