Users will be able to select a section of the day they would like to block off for appointments, which can be split into any type of time block (e.g. 30 minute slots). Each Google account will also have its own appointments sign-up page that users will access to book appointments. That page can also be embedded into personal websites.
Google uses the example of college professors booking appointments with students and hair dressers as some of the obvious candidates for the service.
The new feature will begin rolling out today, according to the official Gmail blog. The blog post didn’t indicated if people booking appointments need a Google account or whether the new feature would roll out for Google’s enterprise app accounts.
I was hoping to get the feature before this post went up so I could offer some initial feedback but I’m still waiting for Google to enable my account. For now, check out the initial screen shots from Google’s blog post.