Choosing a Web Calendar
The web calendar market is a very crowded and confusing one. It's really
difficult to understand what to purchase. As a web calendar vendor, MH Software,
Inc. understands the market and what features people are looking for in a
calendar system. Our goal is to help you find the right calendar to meet your
needs. We're going to focus on helping you select a web calendar, but before we
can get there we should review the types of calendars on the market.
Broadly speaking, the kinds of calendar programs are:
Out What You Need
A PIM is a personal information manager application. An example of a PIM would
be Outlook without Exchange, or Palm Desktop. PIM's typically include a to-do
list function, contact manager, and may include Email capability. PIM's usually do not have a web
- Meeting Scheduling/Groupware
Software designed to coordinate large numbers of people. It's usually deployed
in a corporate environment. The major use of this software is to allow
scheduling meetings between many people. Typically this kind of software can
check free/busy schedules and tell you if a proposed meeting time will work for
the selected attendees. Examples of this type of software would include
Microsoft Exchange, IBM/Lotus Notes, and Novell Groupwise.
- Event Publishing Software
This kind of software is designed to publicize events on a web site. Examples of
people using this kind of calendar are schools, churches, universities,
corporations, etc. In general if you want to put a calendar on your web site,
this is what you want. Sometimes this software can be used by small groups to
coordinate their activities. If your greater need is to know what people are
doing rather than coordinating group interactions such as meetings, this
category can be a cheaper alternative to Groupware.
- Specialized Calendars
This is a kind of catchall grouping. Things that would fall into this category
would include employee scheduling, and appointment scheduling software. Some
event publishing software calendars may be suitable to these needs. If event
publishing calendars can be used for your application, they will usually be much
cheaper than specialized software.