The tech giant, Microsoft, recently announced some updates to its Outlook Web. The company now has gained the ability to integrate users’ personal Outlook.com or Google Calendar accounts to an Outlook work account. It will help the users in scheduling their work appointments, meetings, and other official work chores right from their Outlook inbox.
As the pandemic takes over the world, more people are now working from home. This means more virtual meetings, more follow-ups and preparation as opposed to an office environment. This increased amount of work sometimes even blurs out the line between personal and professional time. According to Microsoft, the latest updates are aimed to “help you get back more control of your day, spend less time preparing for meetings, protect your personal time, and organize your calendar to stay balanced”.
The android’s Outlook app has even gained a one-tap join option for third-party video calling tools Zoom and Webex.
Calendars and tasks
The company was testing the functionality for a brief period of months. In March they rolled out the feature to certain Outlook users for testing.
The company did this as a part of its Microsoft 365 AI and cloud-powered announcements. Now, this new feature is rolling out now to all Microsoft 365 users with a work account. However, we have no update as to when users will be able to add Gmail and Google Calendar accounts.
“Now when you add a personal calendar to Outlook on the web, the times for those events will be shown as busy (with no details or information) when someone wants to schedule a meeting with you using the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook, and you can also see your personal calendar side by side to your work one or in one view.”The tech giant said in a statement on Tuesday
Outlook’s Google Calendar integration
Apart from the Google Calendar integration, there are some other new functions as well.
The user will now be able to save his emails in the draft and schedule them prior to sending them out. They will also receive suggestions for replying to an email in Outlook on the web and Outlook mobile. Apart from this Microsoft is also planning to add several features to Outlook mobile. The iOS users will be able to create a task from an email message in Outlook.
The tech giant is also on the improvising the calendar management system in the Outlook web. This will enable the user to triage their calendar right from their inbox, instead of switching between inbox and calendar. Microsoft also integrated third-party video calling applications, such as Zoom and Webex. This will help you in joining these apps in just one-tap from Outlook mobile. The “Play my emails” feature which was already available on iOS, is now finally coming to Android.
Microsoft’s latest release is going to help millions of users across the globe, who are stuck and working from home. These improvements will make Outlook a little easier to use and take the experience to the next level.
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