Google has introduced a useful new feature that makes Google Calendar “more flexible” in the hybrid workplace. With RSVP options for calendar invitations, you can now specify whether you will attend a meeting in person or virtually.
You can access the feature from the drop-down menu that appears when you click the “Yes” button at the bottom of a Google Calendar invitation. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are two RSVP options: “Yes, in a meeting room” and “Yes, join virtually”. The meeting organizer and attendees will be able to see how attendees plan to attend the meeting by going to event details. This, according to Google, “will help meeting participants know what to expect when they join a meeting and prepare accordingly.”
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Invitees who choose to physically attend the meeting will have a door icon placed next to their name on the invitation, while a camera icon will appear next to the names of invitees participating virtually. You can easily change your login method by tapping the event on your calendar. Google also states that the details of the join method are not shared with contacts on other platforms such as Microsoft Outlook.
The new RSVP options will initially only be available on Google Calendar, but the company has confirmed that it will be coming to calendar invitations in Gmail “soon”. RSVP options in Google Calendar will roll out over the next few weeks to all Google Workspace customers, including G Suite Basic users. As you might expect, the functionality won’t be limited to Google Calendar on the web. It will also be available on iOS devices and top Android phones.