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You'll soon be able to schedule out of office hours on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard
Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams will soon let you schedule out of office hours.
  • The feature is currently available for the public preview versions of Teams on the web and desktop.
  • You can use the feature to send automatic replies to people when you're away.

Microsoft Teams preview users can now set a schedule for when they're out of the office. When your schedule is set to mark you as away, it will change your status on Teams and can send a status message to people that try to reach out to you with a message. According to OnMSFT, this feature is rolling out now to the public preview versions of Teams on the web and desktop.

The Microsoft 365 roadmap describes the feature:

Microsoft Teams: Out of OfficeLet others know that you are not available by scheduling your Out of Office in Teams. During this time, your presence status will change to "Out of Office" and your status message will be displayed when someone reaches out to you via chat. Additionally, your Outlook calendar and automatic replies will be updated accordingly.

The roadmap currently states that the feature will roll out this month, but that's always subject to change.

The feature supports an option to send automatic replies to people when you're away. It also syncs with your Outlook calendar.

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  • WTH? Doesn't TEAMS understand my Outlook calendar, where I already have schedules?
  • Of course it does, but to set your OOO message requires you to use one of the forms of Outlook (Client, OWA or mobile client) this will let you do it from within Teams.
  • Teams is one of the best pieces of software I've ever used. You can really manage everything on it.