Microsoft today dished out a little calendar love for its mobile apps on iOS and Android. The Outlook app on both platforms has been updated with some of the most requested features by users to make scheduling their busy lives a little easier.
The first new addition is syncing shared calendars, with the app now allowing you to not only manage Office 365 and Outlook.com calendars but to also share them with others or accept invites from others wanting to share theirs with you. Planning Grandma's birthday will certainly be much easier after the update. If the feature's not yet working on your device, be patient as the company is rolling out the change on its side.
If you're a secretary or assistant and responsible for scheduling someone else's calendars, the new Outlook app will also make your life easier, allowing the management of delegate calendars directly from a phone. It also has the option to specify which calendar you're accepting a meeting invitation for so you don't mistakenly add a family dinner to your boss's calendar.
Event management gets an upgrade with the ability to add events with different cadences (daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly), which first appeared for Office 365 users on iOS back in January, and the ability to specifically opt in or out of single events without removing a recurring event from your calendar entirely. You can even see your colleague's availability when considering a specific time for meetings. Additional features like setting your status as free or busy or marking events as private are already available on iOS and will soon be making their way to Android.
Lastly, Microsoft is adding support for the Meetup app so you can not only manage work and personal appointments from within the app but can also meet up with others who share your interests and hobbies.