FREE Calendar syncing for your PC, Mac, and/or Smart Phone!

I have been doing some digging and testing lately to find a good, free calendar system to keep track of birthdays, holidays, vacations, work travel, and all other important dates that I don't want to forget. I found a solution: Google Calendar.

I have been a long time user of Gmail (free) and other Google services but not the calendar until now. They now have the system set up where you can sync your Google-based calendars to iCal (Mac), Outlook (PC) and almost all smart phones (Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, etc) seamlessly and automatically. You can make a change on any one of the devices which could be your PC, your phone, or online via Google Calendar. It will automatically update in all other places. This is great!

The best part: It is 100% FREE!

Once you get your calendar(s) created via Google Calendar on the web they have very good tutorials on how to set up all of your various devices to work with it. They even have tutorials on the net on how to export your calendars from other systems such as MobileMe (Apple), Outlook (local only), and iCal (local only) among many others.

This is truly a great service that took me about 20 minutes to get set up and going and now I can access all of my calendar data no matter where I am. If you use Gmail you also have the option of adding appointments to your Google calendar (which it can "see" from your emails) and they will of course be pushed out to all of your devices. No more missed dates! Give it a try and I am sure you will wonder why you didn't do this before.