Microsoft adds several new calendar features to Outlook for iOS and Android, including an ability to sync shared calendars to phones, and to manage and RSVP to recurring events.
Now, right from the Outlook app, users can now view and edit shared Office 365 or Outlook.com calendars, share own calendars with others and accept sharing invitations. Those, who don’t see shared calendars now, it’s because, the existing shared calendars are currently in upgrading process to start syncing to Outlook.
This GIF animation shows syncing shared calendars:
However, re-accepting sharing invitation from Outlook on iOS or Android, will immediately show your shared calendar. You can also ask calendar owner for new invite, if don’t find original calendar sharing invitation.
Those, who manage calendars for others can now perform a range of functions on the go, including for example, manage delegates, accept delegation request, view and edit delegated calendar. Additionally, meeting invitations and responses now more clearly indicate users.
The changes also include support for Meetup, a new calendar app in Outlook, joining already launched Facebook and Evernote suuport. So, you can now connect a Meetup account to Outlook to see all upcoming Meetups directly on your calendar.
Also, the following abilities and functionalities are included in this release, such as,
- Create recurring events with daily, weekly, monthly or yearly recurrences.
- RSVP to a single occurrence of a recurring event series e.g. decline one instance without removing entire series from a calendar.
- See coworkers’ availability when scheduling meetings.
In addition, the features including, add a message when responding to a meeting invite, set an event as private, to keep details to yourself when sharing calendar, mark calendar events as Busy, Free, Out of Office, or Tentative, available on iOS are coming soon to Android, too.
Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent assistant, began rolling out to Skype on Android and Skype in the United States, to help in everyday conversations, from suggesting useful information like restaurant options based on your chats to offering smart replies that help you respond to messages without typing a thing.
“At Skype, we’re committed to making your Skype experience even better. With Cortana, we’ve added a powerful, intelligent assistant to help you with your everyday tasks right where you are and save you time,” writes the Skype team.