Apple has previewed a new version of the MobileMe calendar web app. It is now available as a beta on Me.com.
The Calendar beta includes a new web application featuring redesigned day, week, and month views, and a new list view designed to make scanning events easier. Improvements in performance will make calendars load faster, Apple says. The new web application works best with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6, and — for Windows users — Internet Explorer 8.
New features include a web application, calendar sharing, calendar publishing, invitations with RSVP, and interoperability with both desktop and mobile devices.
MobileMe’s Calendar beta
To sign up, users can go to me.com/calendar and click the Request an invitation link in the lower left-hand corner. They will receive an email notification when they are added to the beta. Members will be added in order of request over the next few weeks.
Users can share calendars with other MobileMe members to coordinate events and activities. Those sharing the calendar can edit events and set up email notifications for changes.
The Calendar beta lets users share a read-only public calendar that can be viewed by anyone. After creating the calendar, just send send out a link to view it on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.
This version makes it easier to invite guests to events. Users can add the email address to the event (recipients don’t have to be MobileMe members) and guests will get an invitation email they can respond to by clicking a link. The event automatically updates, making it easy to track RSVPs in the calendar.
The MobileMe Calendar beta uses the CalDAV standard, letting users view and edit calendars with the built-in calendar applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Support for PCs with Microsoft Outlook is coming soon, Apple says.
While you can leave the Calendar beta at any time, all changes made after joining the beta will be lost if you leave (unless you manually export your calendar before leaving). You will revert back to the calendar data that you had prior to joining the beta. If you downgrade, you will not be able to upgrade again.
Availability and requirements
To use the MobileMe Calendar beta, you need to be running iOS 4 on iPhone or iPod touch, iOS 3.2 on iPad, Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6.4. For more details on system requirements and answers to other questions, please read this FAQ.
Apple has already published a number of support articles about the Calendar beta, covering known issues, preparation, backing up calendar data, general troubleshooting, troubleshooting the upgrade process, and downgrading . The company has also published a FAQ about the new web app that contains a good amount of additional information.