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Calendar.help taps Cortana to schedule your meetings for you

Alongside some other Cortana improvements Microsoft has recently announced, the company has also unveiled Calendar.help — a service that leverages the digital assistant to help you schedule meetings. Rather than relying on a tedious back-and-forth with multiple co-workers to set up a meeting, Calendar.help uses Cortana to arrange meetings for you. The service was, in part, spawned by technology acquired from Genee — a startup Microsoft acquired in August.

To use Calendar.help, you'll first have to sign up for the preview waitlist at the official site with your work email. Once you're in, using the service is relatively easy: simply add Cortana to the Cc: line on an email. In the body of the email, you'll want to specify the length of the meeting, the timing and the location. Afterwards, Cortana does all of the dirty work. Microsoft explains (opens in new tab):

After you send the email, Cortana looks at your calendar to find times you are available and then reaches out to the invitees to propose times. Cortana communicates directly with the attendees so the back and forth emailing won't clutter your inbox. As attendees reply with their availability, Cortana keeps the conversation moving forward until a time that works for everyone is found. Cortana also follows up with attendees if they don't respond within 48 hours.

After everything is confirmed, Cortana will then create a calendar event and send an invite to everyone involved. Overall, this is pretty impressive if you need to schedule a lot of meetings and are struggling to find the time. If you're interested in checking the service out, you can head to Calendar.help now and sign up for the preview!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • I always thought that Cortana would automatically schedule event/meetings based on times and dates in texts and emails but she doesn't, i need to manually create the calendar entries, she also doesn't navigate based on a location in a text/email either, another feature that would be really awesome.
  • I agree, it would be nice if Cortana would have a notifications that said "I see you want to go to the movies with (friend name) on this date. Can I add that to your calender?" And maybe one day she could give movie times or movie locations or food places depending on the time it is. There is a lot of growth for her...
  • If the attendees also have this, can your Cortana communicate with their Cortanas to schedule the meeting without anyone having to do a back and forth?
  • This is what i expected when i read the news. Ok, internal you anyways share the Exchange-Calendar, but externals are allways a guess or a phonecall. Would be cool to "have my assistant call your assistant for details".