On December 14 Google announced a “Winter cleanup” and among other things, also announce end of life for its Google Calendar appointment slots feature.
For those who are not familiar with Google Calendar appointment slots – This feature allowed you to mark slots in your calendar and then send a link to others so that they could make bookings in the slots. This feature was stepping into the domain of Google’s partners in the Google Apps Marketplace which do the same thing but with much more features.
End of life for Google appointment slots is a good thing as it will allow Google to focus on its calendar and eliminate the need to get into the scheduling space which is already crowded with many scheduling vendors that integrate with Google Calendar.
In the same way that Google is not developing its contact management into a CRM it should not develop its calendar into a scheduling tool – This is what the vendor partners are for. You can get a CRM that works very tightly with Google from the Google Apps Marketplace and from the same marketplace you can also get a great scheduling app that does everything that appointment slots did and much more. Take a good look at ScheduleOnce and YouCanBook.me. You will be happy that you switched over.
Thank you Google for doing the right thing!