Front, the company that lets you manage your inboxes as a team, acquired Meetingbird last year. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Front is about to roll out its own calendar. This way, you can manage meetings within Front and find time that works for everyone.
Integrating emails with your calendar makes a lot of sense. There’s a reason why Outlook lets you manage both your inbox and your calendar. And there’s also a reason why Google includes both Gmail and Google Calendar in G Suite accounts.
Front Calendar works with both Google and Office 365 accounts as the backend infrastructure for your calendars. You can open a day view by clicking on the calendar button in the top-right corner.
As you can see in the following screenshot as well, you get a preview of your existing events when somebody sends you a calendar invitation:
A day view doesn’t cut it when you’re trying to plan further ahead; that’s why you can expand the calendar and get a full-fledged calendar in glorious full screen:
Finally, Front Calendar is bringing back Meetingbird’s core feature. You can insert a widget in your email with your available meetings times. Recipients can click to accept a time slot.
It looks like a good Google Calendar or Outlook alternative. But Front says that it wants to add a multiplayer component — beyond just inviting people to events. You could imagine opening an event and @-mentioning your teammates to reschedule an event. You could also imagine setting up sophisticated rules to automatically tag and organize events based on multiple criteria.
The first version of Front Calendar will be available in December.
Source: Front announces Front Calendar to integrate scheduling with shared inboxes – TechCrunch
By Romain Dillet
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