Everyone understands how calendars work
Events have some great advantages over an appointment created in Google Calendar, but for something as simple as "let schedule a time to meet" and do it as a Hangout, this is it.
The image below shows a typical appointment window. The important items to note are
- Add a Google+ hangout. Clicking on this will generate a URL for your hangout and now becomes attached to this appointment
- Add guests. You can type in contacts from your address book or an email address. The beauty of this is you already have their contact info.
- World Clock. When creating an appointment, you can see what time it is in other places. This is one of the tools in Gmail Labs (http://goo.gl/5P8c0). You can select a number of different world timezones to be displayed when you create an appointment.
Another important thing to note: when you create an appointment and invite someone, the time is shifted to their time zone. For example, when I invited +Michael Daniels to an appointment I created that started at 1p.m., it showed up in his calendar at 3 p.m. (
Question: for the majority of your regular Hangouts, would Google Calendar work for you?