Outlook for Windows gets new time-management capabilities with Office 365

Outlook Calendar for Windows has picked up some new features in Office 365 (opens in new tab) this week, all aimed at helping you manage your time more effectively. In a blog post (opens in new tab) this week (via MSPU), Microsoft detailed a wide variety of new features built directly from user feedback.

Kicking things off is a new option in the meeting form to specify required and optional attendees while making it faster to create invites. And while you're putting together invites, Microsoft will now suggest names of people you work with as you start typing out attendees.

Also speeding things up is the ability to set default durations for meetings, along with the ability to reserve multiple rooms in multiple locations via the Room Finder. Microsoft is also working to limit confusion due to time zone differences, and each attendee will now see meetings in their local time instead of the organizer's.

Rounding things out is attendee tracking, which provides tracking information on who is invited and who has responded for organizers and attendees. Organizers can also now use the "Response Options" menu to allow or disable forwarding of invites to others by optional attendees.

These features are available now in the Office 365 Monthly Channel, Microsoft says.

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  • But, Bleached says nobody uses Outlook.. 😭😭😭😭
  • I wish they'd take an update and dedicate it to features users are actually asking for: https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/322590-outlook-2016-for-windows/fil...
  • I read over some up voted features and there are some responses that they are under review or they're working on it, so it's not like they're completely ignoring them and also just recognizing that what they prioritize isn't purely based on what people are up voting or suggesting. That being said, the one listed on there that is most important to me is to be able to cancel/edit FUTURE recurring appointments while still keeping past ones the same. I personally would love if they could prioritize that lol.
  • If memory serves, that or something like it is already in Mail, and if that's the case I figure it'll make its way to Outlook.
  • Ugh... That single-line ribbon is awful! What next? Going back to a menu bar? They need to stop promoting that nonsense and bring 3-line ribbon to UWP OneNote.