DAV’s Not Here, Man (But It Almost Is…)

DAV’s Not Here, Man (But It Almost Is…)

If you sync iCal and Google Calendar, you know that up until now, basically your only choice was a paid solution. I wrote extensively about our firm’s calendaring solution recently.

Well, today I read that Calgoo is changing its business model to be ad supported, meaning that, as of July 22, 2008, it is free. Calgoo will sync not only sync iCal and Google Calendar, but also a whole host of other calendars – Mac, PC and Linux.

In even more exciting news this afternoon, I read on Cnet’s Webware that Google Calendar now supports CalDAV. According to Cnet:

  • Mac users who use Google Calendar and iCal to manage their on and offline calendaring have had to use a myriad of third-party products to keep the two in sync. That’s changed now that Google is including CalDAV support as part of Google Calendar’s built-in functionality. This means you’ll be able to make changes in iCal and have them instantly reflected in iCal and vice-versa. Previously that data swap was a one-way affair, with users simply subscribing to their Google Calendar feeds in iCal.
  • CalDAV is a standardized sharing protocol, allowing you to access the same set of data with others to edit and sync data changes between multiple users. On a workflow level, this means people with access to edit your Google Calendar will be able to make changes in both iCal and Google Calendar that will sync up with both.

Cnet does warn, however, that the CalDAV for iCal is not officially supported by Google at this very moment, and that there is a long list of known issues. So, you may want to hold off just a bit while they work out the kinks.

I haven’t tried out Calgoo or Google Calendar’s CalDAV yet. Given that I still have until the beginning of 2009 before my paid Spanning Sync subscription runs out, I think I’ll stick with that until then. But, I am super excited to try out Google’s CalDAV solution.

Gratuitous, barely related, but funny, clip of the day: DAV’s not here, man (yet).