Microsoft Bookings for small business is now available to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide along with several new features that make it even easier to schedule and manage appointments.
The new features released today include the ability to connect Office 365 calendars to Bookings, add buffer time before and after appointments, and book appointments from iOS and Android phones.
Additionally, new color customization options allow users to better personalize their Bookings pages.
Add Office 365 calendar to Bookings, so that the times you are busy will automatically be blocked on the Bookings calendar and on the public Booking page. Similarly, staff also doesn't get double-booked, you can also add their Office 365 calendars.
To activate this option, click the Staff tab on left navigation panel. And, on Staff details page, select the Events on Office 365 calendar affect availability checkbox.
Adding buffer time to a service automatically blocks that time in the Booking page too. To add buffer times, click the Services tab in left navigation column and either edit a current service or create a new one.
Next, turn on the toggle below the Buffer time customers can't book and you'll get buffer time selections that can be applied before and after the service appointment. "These are times your customers can't book an appointment with you before and after an appointment."
Bookings apps for iOS and Android let you now book an appointment, contact a customer or check a staff member's appointments while away from the office.
Added more color customization options, so you can better personalize your Booking page. To customize the page, click Booking page in the left navigation list and select the color. For hiding logo from display, uncheck the "Display business logo" on the booking page checkbox. Once you are done, simply click Save and publish.
To get started with Bookings, just sign in to Office 365 Business Premium and click Bookings tile on the App Launcher.
These new capabilities will start showing up automatically in Bookings in the coming weeks.