–Google Calendar working hour feature is not a new feature
-What is new on the feature is the ability to activate it by default without having to do so through app settings
-The new update can also notify your colleagues whether or not you are around
Google first rolled out the Calender’s working hour sometimes in June 2009, and ever since then, it has been receiving updates until now. The app is known for its time-management and scheduling attributes- allowing users to create and edit events. Also, the app Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time.
Over time, Google has added functionality that makes use of machine learning, including “Events from Gmail”, where event information from a user’s Gmail messages are automatically added to Google Calendar; “Reminders”, where users add to-do activities that can be automatically updated with new information; “Smart Suggestions”, where the app recommends titles, contacts, and locations when creating events; and “Goals”, where users enter information on a specified personal goal, and the app automatically schedules the activity at optimal times.
As part of its scheduling features, the app lets you inform others when you’ll be around for meetings and when you’re unavailable.
About what is new about the calendar working hour feature- unlike before when users had to manually activate reminders to inform colleagues at work when they will be around for meetings and when they will be unavailable; the new update will be able to the setting by default. This way, the calendar app can guess your work and off-hours based on previous appointments (which you can tweak if they’re not quite right), and further, notify your colleagues about your whereabouts.
In line with the new development, if assuming you’re creating an event, you’ll get a warning notification that “some people might decline” if you schedule it outside of other people’s working hours, which will be displayed in a new grid view.
According to Google, the idea is to avoid the back-and-forth that comes with finding a meeting time that suits everyone — and to help you better manage your work-life balance without the awkwardness of telling your boss “no.”
The updated feature is rolling out to G Suite users now and will be available to free Google Calendar users soon.