Apple Rolls Out New MobileMe Calendar Beta

Apple offered up a preview of what’s in store for the MobileMe Calendar Web app Wednesday morning with a public beta. The beta Web app more closely resembles the Calendar app on the iPad, complete with matching day, week and month views.

The public beta includes calendar publishing and sharing, and users that are part of a shared calendar can modify events and send email notifications to other participants to alert them to the changes. Users can also invite people to events from the Web app and request RSVPs.

MobileMe’s Calendar beta

MobileMe’s beta Calendar app uses the CalDAV standard, so users will ultimately be able to manage their online schedule data with other apps on their Mac or iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Support for Microsoft Outlook on Windows is in the works, but isn’t available yet.

Users wanting to participate in the Calendar public beta need a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4, or an iPad.

MobileMe subscribers can sign up for the public beta at the MobileMe Web site. Apple warns, however, that while you can leave the beta program any time you want, changes to your beta calendars won’t appear in the current Calendar app.