The need to collaborate with scheduling is something that every busy parent is quite familiar with. While most 6 years old might not have a Gmail account, they probably do have quite a busy agenda filled with items like soccer practice and violin lessons. After a request from a friend on what online shared calendars exist outside of Google Calendar, we decided to compile this list.
Online Shared Calendars
- Famundo: With tools created for families and organizations, Famundo aims to be a product that makes it easy for a family or a small group to keep abreast of appointments and events with numerous ways to communicate and a private place to store photos. Free, Plus = $49 a year
- AirSet: Instead of simply being a shared online calendar, AirSet is basically a "cloud computer," with it you can of course collaborate with schedules but also backup and share files. Free - $7 a month
- HyperOffice: With a name like HyperOffice they are obviously targeting businesses, but that is not to stop families from taking advantage of their online calendar tools. HyperOffice can function as a Microsoft Exchange Server replacement and does a lot more than simply provide an online calendar. Pricing depends on the amount of users and starts at $45 a month
- Cozi: Created for families, Cozi includes online shared calendars as well as chore and grocery lists. Cozi also has an iPhone and Android app. Free
- KeepandShare: Calling itself "group sharing made easy and secure," KeepandShare is a very simple group calendar very similar to Google Calendar. Free
- iCloud & iCal: While we cannot speak to using iCloud, we definitely love iCal & MobileMe. In our household this has been the primary means of online calendar collaboration for quite some time, we love how well it syncs with our devices and the clean user interface. Another option for iCal collaboration is using OS X Lion Server with the new improved iCal Server, setting up a server has never been easier or cheaper. iCloud is Free and Lion Server is $50
- Microsoft Office Online: Via Office Online, Windows Outlook users can share their calendars to others with a Windows Live ID. We have never used this form of sharing (since we don't have a PC), but instead have shared calendars via Office for Mac 2011 within an enterprise organization. Office with Outlook starts at $280
- Google Calendar: Of course we could not do a post about online collaborative calendars without mentioning the elephant in the room, Google Calendar. Google Calendar is quite possibly the most popular online calendar and it's easy to see why... with so many people with Gmail accounts, using Google Calendar is a no-brainer. Free
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