Especially helpful for those on the go, Yahoo Calendar imports and exports data to and from Palm and Pocket PC, as well as Outlook DBA files, Lotus Organizer, and Act. Such synchronization demands the free Intellisync app, which took a few brief minutes to download in our tests on Windows XP. However, once we opened Intellisync and established our settings, it was unable to log in to Yahoo. This glitch mysteriously resolved itself about 15 minutes later, after which Yahoo seamlessly added all of our Outlook appointments to its Calendar. But while all of our Outlook Reminders appeared, Yahoo did not pop up alerts before impending events (though it can remind you via Yahoo Messenger, Mail, or mobile device); Google Calendar succeeded here.
Also unlike Yahoo Calendar, the AJAX-based Google Calendar beta not only imports from Outlook but also operates with XML, iCal, and CSV standards. However, we suspect that Yahoo may follow, especially as its acquisition, Upcoming.org, already offers RSS feeds, iCal integration, and event exports to Yahoo Calendar. While Yahoo Calendar lacks the potential to add outside content via RSS, for now it does enable you to schedule updates from Yahoo Groups, Sports, and Finance services. Yahoo is planning to follow Google's open-source lead by eventually opening its Calendar code to developers, as it did for Yahoo Maps following the popularity of Google Maps mashups.
Aside from linking to your in-box, Yahoo Calendar lacks integration with Yahoo Mail. Google Calendar goes a step further by building in natural language skills that recognize a potential appointment within an e-mail and flag it for scheduling. For instance, we'd like Yahoo Calendar to let us instantly insert names and contacts from our e-mail address book.
Yahoo Calendar is easy to learn. You can access a well-organized, searchable online knowledge base from a Help link on each page, but Yahoo offers no phone or e-mail support. For complex questions, you're out of luck in trying to reach a Yahoo expert.
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