Eight months ago, Microsoft announced a new tool to join the Office 365 suite: Microsoft Bookings. Since then, customers in U.S. and Canada have already had access to it. Today, the appointment scheduling software is rolling out globally.
The online scheduler lets customers make appointments with your business/organization, not to mention the addition of a private calendar to manage personal affairs on the sideline. From reminders, re-scheduling, customer lists, and automatic calendar updates, your business can access all of your booking needs through the addition, hence the name. Customers that use the tool to make appointments don't have to even have a business email to be routed through Office 365 to your calendar.
Here are some of the features rolling out worldwide:
- Add your Office 365 calendar to Bookings—Connect your Office 365 calendar to Bookings, so that the times you are busy will automatically be blocked in your public Booking page.
- Add buffer time before and after your appointments—Do you need prep time before or after an appointment? Adding buffer time to a service automatically blocks that time in your Booking page too.
- Bookings apps for your iOS and Android phone—Now you can book an appointment, contact a customer or check a staff member’s appointments while away from the office.
- Customize your Booking page—We added more color customization options, so you can better personalize your Booking page.
To use Microsoft Bookings in Office 365, you have to have a Business Premium subscription. It is also available to download via iOS and Android to keep up with new appointments. Check them out with the links below.