Boomerang for Outlook
Send messages at the perfect time, receive reminders if your email doesn’t receive a response, and utilize a smart calendar assistant. This can all be accomplished without leaving your email for the ultimate email productivity when utilizing the Boomerang app for Outlook.
To ensure you are sending well-timed emails, you can utilize the send later feature to compose an email now and schedule the delivery for whenever is best. If a recipient does not respond to one of your emails, there is an option to be notified within a chosen time period. Once notified, you can easily follow-up, rather than forget about the important conversation. An assistant using artificial intelligence can also be used to help write better and more actionable emails in real time.
Other features of the Boomerang app include Inbox Pause and different types of Scheduling. Inbox Pause gives you control over when emails appear in your Inbox in order to lower stress and increase productivity. One option for scheduling is using the recurring messages feature to send out repetitive emails on autopilot, like weekly or monthly reminders. Another type of scheduling option is clicking times to meet inside a view of your schedule, and sending it as an up-to-date visual calendar grid embedded inside an email. Recipients have the ability to confirm the meeting by clicking a time that also works for them, prompting calendar invitations to be sent to all attendees.
The Boomerang app for Outlook will share your real-time availability within an email, eliminate human error from meeting scheduling, and track when your emails are being read or clicked. To learn more about each feature within the app, visit here.
Bookings in Outlook
Bookings in Outlook is coming to help you reduce the back and forth in scheduling as well as maintain control of your calendar.
Microsoft Bookings is designed for group and team scheduling, but Bookings in Outlook is meant only for the owner of the mailbox based on their preferences and availability. As the owner of your mailbox, you will be able to create custom meeting types to share with others. They can use this to easily schedule a 1:1 meeting with you, where both parties will receive an email confirmation. Attendees also have the ability to update or cancel scheduled meetings with you from your personal bookings page.
Bookings in Outlook will roll out as a preview version, beginning in early June for the targeted release, and is expected to complete by mid-June. The standard will then roll out mid-June and is expected to complete by the end of June. Users that meet the licensing requirements will have Bookings in Outlook be enabled by default during this time period. There are also instructions available to disable access to creating a personal booking page for your organization or select users if needed.
To learn more about Bookings in Outlook, including if you qualify for the roll out, visit here.
Save the Date
Next month, on June 15, 2022, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be retired.
The best way to prepare for IE disablement after June 15 is to proactively retire IE in your organizations before then. The first step is to make sure you have set up and tested IE mode with any sites identified as IE-dependent. IE mode in Microsoft Edge is how users can access IE-dependent sites going forward.
Next, you can determine a date to deploy the Disable IE policy; this will be an internal retirement date prior to June 15. This will allow time to resolve any issues before the official retirement. The third step is to inform users of the upcoming change. There are various end user adoption resources available to use to help with change management and transitioning users. User data can also be imported to Microsoft Edge before the internal retirement date.
Lastly, the official retirement date of June 15 will come! Users working in IE mode in Microsoft Edge should be able to work as usual, simply using Microsoft Edge instead of IE11. For more information, please feel free to reach out to the office.