The leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! Inc. has announced the launch of its all-new Yahoo! Calendar, which is a popular feature within Yahoo! Mail, currently being rolled out in beta to users in United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, India and Taiwan.

“With the new Yahoo! Calendar, we’ve taken the concept of a traditional paper calendar and transformed it into a smart, yet simple online tool that helps people to keep track of their schedules, stay organized and be more productive,” said John Kremer, vice president, Yahoo! Mail. “We’re executing against our vision of a smarter inbox, and this is just a preview of what’s to come in terms of integrating other network properties into the Yahoo! Mail experience. In the coming months, users will see additional features in Yahoo! Calendar to help them discover and keep track of their favorite events – like sports team schedules and concert dates – and even more features to enhance their overall communications experience.”

Main Features Of New Yahoo! Calendar:

  • Sharing – Layering functionality that makes sharing events and keeping track of group activities easier
  • Zoom – Calendar zoom capabilities make it easy to add and view new Calendar entries
  • Photos – Integration with Flickr adds an interesting visual component to the Calendar and gives it the feel of a classic wall calendar through interesting public, Creative Commons designated photos on Flickr
  • Alerts – Reminder feature makes it simple to set email, IM or SMS reminders for important Calendar activities
  • Drag and Drop – Web 2.0 drag and drop functionality makes it simple to move appointments to new times – all without refreshing the Web page
  • “To Do” List – A simple and handy “To List” feature makes it easy to keep track of important chores and tasks

According to the company, “The new Yahoo! Calendar is built on the Zimbra platform using the iCalendar (iCal) and CalDAV standards. The new calendar is interoperable with other online calendar services including those from Mozilla, Apple, Microsoft, AOL and Google, so users can share their calendar data with friends who use other online calendaring services and subscribe to any iCal-based public calendar.”

User who wants to try out the all-new Yahoo! Calender can sign up for the beta at http://switch.calendar.yahoo.com/.

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