Sunday, November 30, 2008

Google Apps calendars - need to display current time-zone in the UI

A few weeks ago I noticed issues with Google Calendar synchronization related to how Google Mobile Apps Calendar vs. Google Apps Calendar handled time zone assignment.

Around that time Google changed their Calendar App behavior to display events in the user-specified settings time zone (not, I think, by IP address location assignment).

The problem is, they don't display the time zone information in the user interface. The only place to set time-zone is in the Settings, and then you have to remember to change it back as you travel.

They need to change their display from
Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2008
Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2008 Central Time
where a click on "central time" would allow time zone to be changed. When appointment details are shown the applicable time zone should be included.

It's disturbing that Google implemented the time zone behavior changes without making these very obvious UI changes.

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