Calendar management software has moved in a couple different directions in the last few years, and the crowded field is filled with solutions that offer a wide range of benefits and features. The list below is a partial list that I put together top help you navigate the field. To make it on the list, multiple calendars must be a feature and the ability to share or publish those calendars to others was a must.
As with most things, you get what you pay for, but within the price ranges from free to thousands per month, there are definite best in class selections, as listed below.
Google Calendar, Airset, Cozi, Timebridge, Tungle and Yahoo Calendar mostly work on the principle that you can get a limited functionality for free (users will generally see ads on the screen when managing their calenders) with the option to purchase premium services for additional monthly or annual fees.
All of these free solutions offer some kind of calendar sharing between individuals, but they do not allow the establishment of groups of individuals that share certain resources in common. Work groups, sports leagues or volunteer organizations could use these solutions, but people involved in multiple groups could quickly develop a long list of calendars that could become unwieldy. This issue is addressed in different ways by the group sharing solutions listed below.
Group Sharing Solutions
Microsoft Outlook, CalendarWiz and ClearSync all offer solutions which make calendar sharing among groups possible. Unlike the previous free services, which will provide limited setup help and service & support, the following products all have customer service departments, which allows you to speak with a knowledgeable person who can help you become productive with the service.
This table offers a side by side comparison of the previously summarized services.
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