Microsoft introduces mobile scheduling app for Outlook

Like the desktop version, Outlook for iOS lets you see co-workers’ schedules

Microsoft introduces mobile scheduling app for Outlook
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Stating it wants Outlook for mobile to be more than just checking messages while waiting in line for coffee, Microsoft today announced a new scheduling experience for Outlook for iOS that's similar to the Outlook feature on the desktop. 

The scheduling assistant for Outlook for iOS is similar to the desktop version of the app, which lets you see your co-workers' schedules, so you can schedule an event at a time that works for everyone.

First, you create an event in your calendar, then add co-workers to the “People” field. Times that work for everyone show in white, yellow indicates availability for one or more people in the group, and red indicates times with no availability. 

To reschedule, tap the time picker and just drag and drop until it turns green, which means everybody you chose is available at that time. 

This new feature is part of a series of features Microsoft announced at Ignite, all around a theme of adding intelligent features to Office. Microsoft actually announced a lot of new features coming to Office 365, including new security features, new intelligence and integration with Azure.

The feature is currently available on Outlook for iOS when connected to Office 365 or the latest versions of Exchange. Versions for Android and Windows 10 mobile will be available soon.

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