15 free calendar tools

Busy busy busy. A meeting here, an appointment there, an important telephone conversation without an agenda, we are hopelessly lost. We present you fifteen free agenda, tasks and calendar tools that make planning your appointments a lot easier!

1. Google Calendar

Google's calendar service is used by thousands of people worldwide. That has its reasons. The service is completely free and has several useful features. This way you can share (part of) your calendar with friends, relatives or colleagues, making scheduling appointments very easy. Are you often on the road? You can also access Google Calendar from your mobile phone. In addition, you can synchronize your online calendar with Microsoft Outlook or Apple iCal. Requesting an offline version, printing your most important appointments or setting reminders is also possible. Appointments that you receive via Gmail can be immediately recorded in Google Calendar.

The extended appointment mode allows you to set repeats and add attachments.

2. Remember the milk

The to-do list reinvented is a great description for the online service Remember the Milk. After a short registration procedure you can create your to-do lists. Deadlines, notes, keywords, web pages, estimated time to complete the task or adding locations is a piece of cake. Are you quite forgetful? You can receive reminders via email or text message. Do your friends or colleagues also use Remember the Milk? Then you can share tasks or to-do lists. It is even possible to link your account to Apple iCal or Google Calendar. You can also add tasks via iPhone or Gmail. Handy tool for anyone with an extensive to-do list!

You can set priorities and organize your tasks into different categories.

3. Rainlendar 2.6

Rainlendar is a tiny program on your desktop that remembers all your appointments, birthdays and tasks. The widget-like application is a great digital mnemonic. Entering appointments or tasks can be done quickly (in the form of a scribble) or extensively (with location, web address, priority and category). An alarm signal or recurrence pattern is set like this. Those who use Rainlendar often will be able to navigate through the calendar, appointments, birthdays and tasks very quickly with the help of key combinations. Do you like a personal touch? You have access to countless free skins. Rainlendar is so compact that it never gets in the way. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

You determine the appearance of Rainlendar yourself.

4. Tibu

The Dutch service Tibu manages your appointments, provides you with route descriptions and weather forecasts if required, sends you reminders by e-mail or text message and shares your agenda with other Tibu users. You can import calendar data from Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Calendar, Apple iCal, Google Calendar or Lotus Notes. You can easily import contact data from Twitter, LinkedIn, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! and MobileMe. Creating appointments and notifying other Tibu users about meetings is very easy. You can also send text messages, but you need Tibu credits for this (10 credits for 1.3 euros). The only downside is that the agenda is not encrypted via https. Nevertheless, Tibu is a nice organizer with a fresh interface.

You decide how much information you enter.

5. EssentialPIM Free 3.54

A calendar, a to-do list, a notepad, an address book and an e-mail client EssentialPIM Free bundle these functions in a well-arranged interface. Making appointments, making to-do lists, saving notes, it's all just as simple. Thanks to various colorful categories, your agenda remains organized, even if it is packed. Do you want to switch from your existing client? You can import data from Outlook (Express) and iCal. Do you want to share your data? You can export your calendar to html, iCal, txt or rtf format. Even more features? The Pro version (29.95 euros) offers, among other things, better encryption and access to multiple mail accounts.

Thanks to the different colors, your agenda remains clear.

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