Google has just added a long-overdue feature to Gmail — now, users can add a calendar event to their Google Calendar by clicking on dates and times in email messages. Gmail will even attempt to come up with a proper name for the event, though you can swap it out if you please. It also shows you a handy view of your day so you can tell right there whether or not you have time for the selected appointment.
It's a smart addition, and the type of feature we're a bit surprised Google didn't add to Gmail a long, long time ago. As with many of Google's improvements, this feature will be rolling out in waves to users over the next week or so, and it'll only be available to US English users, though Google plans to add support for other languages down the line.