From the very beginning, our goal with Outlook has been to provide a mobile experience that’s good for more than reading messages while standing in line for coffee. As part of our mission, we released a new and improved calendar on iOS and Android in September that brought you things like Maps and Skype for Business integration.
Today, we are thrilled to announce another step in that journey with a powerful scheduling assistant on Outlook for iOS. Inspired by the well-loved scheduling assistant of Outlook on the desktop, you can now easily see your coworkers’ availability and find a time that works for everyone—all from the palm of your hand.
Schedule meetings with just a few taps
You’ll just need to follow a few simple steps to see your coworkers’ availability and schedule a meeting right from your phone.
Once you’ve created an event from your calendar and added your coworkers to the People field, tap the date picker. If the selected time works for everyone, the day will be displayed in white. If the selected time doesn’t work but there other times that do, the day will appear in yellow. And if no time works, the day will show in red. Next, tap the time picker and just drag and drop until it turns green—indicating everyone is available at that time.
Once you’ve found the date and time that are just right, fill in the other fields and tap the checkmark at the top to save and send your event. It’s as easy as it sounds.
The feature is currently available on Outlook for iOS when connected to Office 365 or the latest versions of Exchange. Check your phone today to see if it’s available for you. It will follow shortly on Android and Windows 10 mobile.
We’d love to know what you think! Let us know through our in-app support by going to Settings > Help & Feedback.
—The Outlook team