Google Calendar Now Lets You Schedule Optional Attendees

Some people have to be there to lead the meeting or help make decisions, whereas others are gathering information they may be able to digest just as well via the notes. Bringing its features up to more closely match Microsoft's enterprise-focused Exchange and Outlook environments, Google is bringing a new feature to Google Calendar that will allow users to schedule meetings, appointments, and events for optional attendees.

With a couple clicks, you can openly communicate the importance of a meeting for each attendee. Click on the “Make some attendees optional link” above the guest list and then toggle the role of each attendee by clicking the icon next to his or her name. The feature is getting slowly rolled out right now, and will allow your guests to manage their meetings more efficient.