I love my iPhone 4S. I love Siri. I love Google Calendar.
However, using Google Calendar there doesn’t seem to be a way of turning off the automatic invite email that gets sent when you tell Siri to “Schedule a meeting with [person’s name] on Monday at 10am”. If the the person is in your contacts with an email address they are added as an invitee and Google Calendar automatically emails them the invite. Of course, there are ways around this by changing what you tell Siri but that misses the point of the intuitive nature of Siri and impacts it’s usefulness.
I’ve had a few emails go out to unexpected invitees for tentative meetings I was just planning before contacting the client. I really wish Google would made the automatic sending of invite emails a setting based feature.
If you know of a fix, add-on or workaround that includes leaving the name of the person in the meeting request to Siri, please comment here. Of course, if I find anything on the web I’ll be sure to post it here too.
UPDATE: September 2012 – I’ve updated to iOS 6 and have been testing the unwanted automatic email invitations and it looks like Siri is doing something a little different. I’ll keep playing around with it but at the moment it seems to still be adding the event to the invitees calendar.
UPDATE: For a little clarification in why I point to Google Calendar as the source of the problem, when I create an appointment WITH someone and it sends out the automatic invitation to the meeting it comes from the email address associated with my Google Calendar not the email address used on my iPhone. Looking at the message source code you can also see that it is coming from Google Calendar firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: April 2013. FINALLY…Thanks to Peter here is a usable workaround. You can say “schedule quote lunch with Joe end quote at noon” so that no email is sent and they are not added as attendees.
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