On February 4 at 14:35 GMT (9:35a ET/6:35a PT) we quietly reopened the public beta of Spanning Sync. The new server infrastructure seems to be handling the load well so far, but we're keeping a close eye on it.
Hundreds ThousandsOver 17,000 new beta testers have started using the system and we're already getting some very valuable bug reports and feedback.
To participate in the beta, just download Spanning Sync v1.0b16 (if you haven't already), install it, and log in using your Google Calendar account name. If you haven't yet set up Google Calendar, you'll need to do that first.
Beta Means Bugs
We're thrilled at the level of interest and enthusiam we've seen around Spanning Sync, but we want to make it perfectly clear that this is a beta release, meaning it has bugs. Some of those bugs could do things like:
- Destroy your iCal and Google calendar data
- Silently move events from one time to another, or delete them altogether
- Silently fail to apply changes made in one calendar to the other
- Make duplicates of your calendar events
- Send duplicate email invitations to the attendees of all of your events
- Ruin your whole morning
So while we want as many people as possible to help us test, we don't want to be anyone's reason for missing an anniversary, flight, or meeting. Please back up your calendars before using Spanning Sync. Directions are included in the ReadMe file in the download package. And please don't rely on the Spanning Sync Beta to handle information that hasn't been backed up.
Once we're confident that the major bugs have been fixed, we'll release v1.0. Until then, please consider Spanning Sync a beta service. Please send all bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a detailed description of what you did, what you expected to happen, and what actually happened.
For those of you whom I haven't managed to scare away, thanks for helping us test our service!