Managing your meeting workloads and working time may soon be much easier for Outlook users thanks to a new update.
The email client is working on a new feature that will allow users to create their own specific windows of free time during the day for meetings or appointments.
This “bookable time” will be set aside to allow others to arrange a time slot, so that bosses, employers or small business owners can have a set window for appointments separate from their daily workload. .
Outlook meeting calendar
In his entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab)the company notes that the new bookable time feature complements the existing “Bookings with Me” feature, which allows Outlook users to find mutual availability in their schedules in order to book a meeting.
Bookable Time is currently listed as “in development”, but has an expected general availability date of January 2023, which means users shouldn’t have to wait too long. Upon release, it will be available worldwide for Outlook web users, with other platforms likely to follow soon.
This is the latest in a series of new additions to Microsoft Outlook as it seeks to become a more intuitive and useful platform for users around the world.
It recently announced the introduction of “Focus Time”, which will allow users to turn off all notifications for a set period of time to perform these vital tasks.
Blocking calendar time will also disable notifications from Outlook and Microsoft Teams, cutting users off from two of the most disruptive presences many workers face.
They’ll be able to block “targeted events” directly from their Outlook calendar, which should be visible to anyone else with access to it, meaning colleagues, colleagues or clients should leave you alone.
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