You know the TV ads for prescription drugs that warn of side effects "including blindness or death?" Something similar can happen when you forget the wrong birthday. That's why Google Calendar is one of the most popular Google Apps: People all over the world rely on it to remind them of those birthdays and events it's unwise and even unhealthy to space out on. Google Calendar Windows Client is a free tool that lets you use Google Calendar without opening Chrome or any other Google application. You still need a Google Account to use it, though.
Google Calendar Windows Client is portable freeware, so it runs from any folder or directory without needing to be installed, even from portable devices such as USB drives. Most of the time, this tool sits in the System Tray, displaying pop-ups as needed, though it also has a compact calendar view that hugs the notification area when it's open. This compact window displays a scrolling calendar in the top half and selectable Events beneath. Three buttons fill out the view: Refresh, Hide, and Preferences. We opened the program's preferences, which included a choice of calendars to display, basic housekeeping like pop-ups and offline mode (including a wise warning never to save offline files on a public computer) and an About page with an update link. The default list of holidays includes everything from Mother's Day and Tax Day to Cinco de Mayo, though we could add, edit, and delete as may different calendars as we cared to from the Preferences page. We could also send calendars to Outlook and export them as vCalendar files.
The only fault we could find with Google Calendar Windows Client is the misspelling of "Discard" as "Discart" on the button to discard changes made to the Preferences. It's hardly worth mentioning. We're surprised we couldn't change the program's background color, too. But there's always room for improvement, and Google's always changing things too. If Google Calendars helps keep you out of trouble, try this free tool: It just might help you avoid certain complications!