Yahoo Calendar is one of the newest additions to the Yahoo collection of applications and websites. Users can add events complete with notes and times. The application also supports shared calendars so users can collaborate with others. Event invitations can be sent so that others can be aware of important dates. The user can also track guests through Yahoo Calendars. Calendar layers allow the user to group events while additional color customization features allow for further organization and grouping. Reminder can be set up as much as two weeks in advance or as soon as only five minutes prior to the event or activity. Mobile phone synchronization is available that permits the user to view their Yahoo Calendar online or with their mobile web browser. Additional features include the ability to print a calendar, stickers, to do lists and a web search tool bar.
While Yahoo! Calendar was rolled out back in 1998 (long before the latest and greatest in technology), little was changed until 2008. The new Yahoo Calendar was released in public beta in October of 2008. The application was designed to match the new look of Yahoo Mail and included support for subscriptions to any iCalendar public calendar. Other features such as Flickr integration, Outlook sync and a drag and drop interface were also added. It took a couple of years for the application to be perfected and stabilized. The official stable release occurred in November of 2010.
Yahoo Calendar is not terribly unique. Many other companies already offer a calendar application, including Google. Users may prefer Yahoo Calendar if they already use other Yahoo products, such as Yahoo Mail. The calendar includes all of the features that internet visitors have come to expect from modern calendar applications, including event invitations, calendar sharing tools and to do lists.
Yahoo Calendar keeps things simple with a plain white background and pale blue header bars. The calendar appears as a plain, block style calendar with the month and days of the week across the top. The user can click black arrows on either side of the month to shift dates. Buttons at the top of the page allow the user to add events, view months or dates, print calendars, change to a list view or add colorful stickers. A long to do list appears along the right hand side of the calendar so the user can compare dates and activities. A Yahoo web search bar is positioned in the upper, right hand corner of the page.
A new user must create a Yahoo account use its calendar application. This can be done by visiting the Yahoo homepage and clicking on the bold “Sign In” link along the right hand side. The following page includes a black and grey button that reads “Create New Account” in the lower, right hand corner. The user can also click either of the two buttons above it to log in with a Facebook or Google account. The following page contains a form that requires two security questions and answers as well as a name, gender, birth date, country, postal code, desired Yahoo ID and password.
Yahoo Calendar is available for free, much like many other Yahoo applications. The user only has to create a Yahoo account to begin using the calendar. There are no restrictions on usage and the user can access all current features.
Yahoo Calendar is ideal for anyone who needs to find a simple calendar to manage their personal schedules. The application is even more appealing for anyone who already has a Yahoo account. Users can access all tools with their Yahoo login.