Google Calendar just launched a new feature into Google Calendar Labs called Smart Rescheduler that uses a scheduling algorithm to suggest “best candidate dates and times” for scheduling meetings.
Once enabled through Calendar Labs, Smart Scheduler will show up to the right of your calendar (if you don’t like the extra space it takes up, you can toggle its visibility by clicking the small bar next to the calendar interface). When you’re looking to reschedule any event and could use a little help finding the best time for everyone included on the event, just click on the Find a new time link in the Smart Rescheduler module; you’ll see something like the image above, which is a:
…ranked list of possible times for your meeting. By investigating the calendars others have shared with you, Google Calendar can make some educated guesses about how easy it might be to reschedule a conflicting meeting and even find you a replacement conference room nearby. This process is 100% automated — no Google employees are doing any work behind the scenes. You can refine the results by marking people as optional, changing the meeting duration, ignoring certain conflicts, or specifying the earliest and latest times you’ll accept. The results will immediately update to reflect your new requirements.
If you, your school, or your workplace uses Google Calendar for the majority of its scheduling, Smart Rescheduler seems like it could come in very handy.
Smart Rescheduler in Google Calendar Labs [Official Gmail Blog]