As of yesterday’s announcement of CalDAV support in Google Calendar, you can now sync your Google Calendar with virtually any popular desktop calendar for free. Not only can you enjoy your favorite desktop calendar software and still get the benefit of the web interface, you can also sync any desktop calendar with any other across platforms using GCal as a go-between. Let’s take a comprehensive look at how to set up bidirectional syncing between Google Calendar and your favorite desktop calendar—from Outlook and iCal to Sunbird and Thunderbird—for free.
Remember, this doesn’t mean that you can sync Google Calendar with just one desktop calendar. It means that no matter what you’re using—Outlook at work and iCal at home, for example—you can always stick to desktop calendars if that’s what you prefer. Google Calendar now works as both a great web application and a dedicated syncing tool. It’s the cloud, and once it’s set up, you don’t ever have to access your calendar through the web again if you don’t feel like it. But when you’re not at a desktop, you can fire up GCal from any web browser, make changes, and still be confident your desktop is completely in sync next time you fire it up. Let’s get started.