Accessing the free Yahoo Calendar is as simple as signing in to your Yahoo account from any Web browser on any PC; just visit calendar.yahoo.com. You can also access the calendar from within Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger (we hope that the next version of Yahoo Mail will do the same).
Yahoo Calendar offers a clean, intuitive layout with well-organized grids and plenty of white space. You can pick from among 16 color combinations and four background photo themes. Yahoo offers more in the way of cuteness than its rivals; its holidays, weather, and horoscopes pop with bright graphics.
Drop-down tabs across the top of the page let you skip to and from the Calendar and your Yahoo Mail messages, Address Book, and Notepad. A left-hand pane offers a tiny monthly view, as well as links for quickly adding events and tasks and searching scheduled appointments. The central pane features the calendar, viewable by lists of events and tasks or by day, week, month, or year. A printable view comes in handy if you need to slip a printout of events into a pocket.
Yahoo Calendar lets you click a time in the day view or the Add link in other views to pop up the entry window and start typing an appointment, and its central pane offers a Quick Add Event box that accepts free-form text input before demanding the date and time. Microsoft Outlook allows you to click twice on a time to add an event. Google Calendar lets you add appointments faster by clicking once on a date, then immediately typing into a text balloon.
We found Yahoo Calendar to be accessible enough for tech newbies to figure out, yet complete enough to keep a mobile professional on his or her toes. This service's sharing features can help you to coordinate events with other people if they are also Yahoo users. By default your calendar is private; just change the Sharing options to permit others to peek at your plans and make changes. You can also establish a Group Calendar, integrated with Yahoo Groups.