A few months ago, Google launched a new design for Google Calendar—and frankly, it was long overdue. Google Calendar has been using the same interface for ages, and the new one is nice and modern…except it’s missing Google Calendar’s best feature: adding events with natural language, like “Dinner with Mom at 6pm”.
There’s a tendency on the internet for everyone to scream “This is awful!” every time a website or service changes their design. It’s often unwarranted. People just don’t like change, and most of these complaints are overblown.
This is not one of those times.
Google Calendar’s Natural Language Processing Is Gone from the Web
I’m usually not one to cry foul at every new design, but in this case, Google has gotten rid of an actual feature that used to exist, and for reasons I can’t quite understand. Its natural language processing just doesn’t work anymore.
Here’s how it worked in the old Google Calendar: you could add an event with the text “Dinner with Mom at 6pm”…
…and it would create an event called “Dinner with Mom”, at 6:00 PM on the day you selected.
In the new design, however, you can still create an event called “Dinner with Mom at 6pm”…
…but Google Calendar will just create an all-day event called “Dinner with Mom at 6pm”. This is not even remotely the same thing, and it’s far less useful.
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