Microsoft is bringing quite a few calendaring and scheduling options to its email client Outlook on Android and iOS platforms, it said, as the company puts efforts to better contend with Google’s Gmail and Inbox, and Apple’s Mail applications.
The first addition is “synced shared calendars,” which will enable users to view and edit shared Office 365 or Outlook.com calendars. Users will also be able to share the calendars they have created with others and accepting sharing invitations can be easily handled from the mobile app as well.
Microsoft claims it is upgrading the current shared calendars so that they start off syncing with Outlook. Some end users might not see this option on their cell phone just still, in which scenario, Microsoft indicates them to wait around a little. Alternatively, one can re-take the sharing invitation from Outlook on iOS or Android to avail the new element.
The Redmond-headquartered company is also building it much easier for people today to routine other’s calendars. A user can now manage their delegates, accept a delegation request and assume full control over viewing and editing rights of delegated calendar from the Outlook on their Android phone or iPhone, the company said. Microsoft says it has taken extra measures to ensure that a user knows whether the meeting invitations or responses they are receiving are meant for them or their manager’s calendar.
Microsoft is also upgrading the party management element, introducing the capability to incorporate and react to situations with various cadences (each day, weekly, month-to-month and so forth). It is also much easier to retain a tab on a co-worker’s availability when scheduling conferences.
In addition to the aforementioned new options, Microsoft is also introducing guidance for Meetup, a new Calendar app in Outlook. Microsoft presently supports Facebook and Evernote in Outlook on mobile platforms.