The redesigned Google Calendar, which rolled out to users on Wednesday, are designed to be “just cosmetic.” Google hasn’t added any new features to Calendar, but instead has made it look more like Google+.
Some of the changes to Google Calendar include merging the Quick Add button with the Create button, adding more icons for functions such as Print, Refresh, reminders and guests, and the removal of the Save and Discard buttons on the bottom of the page. The big change that users will notice though is the blockier interface, the changes in color and the increased use of white space for the background.
In an announcement, Google says that the changes are all about removing clutter and increasing the interoperability between the desktop and mobile devices.
“The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience — one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on,” the company said.
The search giant recently redesigned its popular homepage with a smaller logo and the darker Google+ navigation bar. Expect more Google products to be redesigned to fit in with Google’s new social project.
To see the revamped look for Google Calendar, click “Try the new look” in the upper right corner of the app. You can always go back to the old way if you don’t like the redesign.
Screenshots: What Google+ Looks Like
This is the Google+ logo.
The Google+ icons. Starting top left and circling to the right: Circles, Hangouts, Home, Sparks, Profile, Photos.
New Google+ Navigation Bar
All Google sites will sport the new Google+ navigation bar. It includes notifications, profile information and content sharing options.
This is the Google+ Stream, where users share content and see what their friends are sharing. It is similar to the Facebook News Feed.
Google+ Circles is Google’s version of the Facebook friend list or the Twitter List. Users can select multiple friends and drag-and-drop them into groups. This makes it easier to send stuff to friends, family or the entire world.
Google+ Circles Editor
This is the Google+ Circles editor in action. Google has created unique animations for adding and removing friends through HTML5.
Google+ Sparks is Google’s content recommendation and discovery engine. Users can search different topics and find relevant articles, videos and photos. Users can then share that content with their friends.
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