Outlook gets a new scheduling assistant for iOS

Back in July of this year, the Outlook team put out a long-anticipated update to Calendar on iOS and Android which improved event creation and added a calendar map display to the Outlook experience. Today, the Outlook team is at it again and has announced a new scheduling assistant for iOS, which aims to make it easy for you to see your coworkers’ availability.

As seen above, all it takes to use the scheduling assistant is to create an event from your calendar, add your coworkers to the people field, and then tap the date picker. According to the Office team, the times will then be color coded for certain people, with yellow and white meaning availability for one or more people in the group, and red meaning the person is not available.  You can then continue by tapping the time picker and dragging and dropping until it turns green, which means that everyone is available for the event at the selected time.

Currently, this feature is limited to Outlook accounts which are connected to Office 365 or the latest version of Exchange. The Office team notes that support for the feature is coming soon for Android and Windows 10 Mobile, and that you can check your iPhone today to see if the feature is available for you.

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