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Google Calendar invitations will show whether people will join remotely or in person – MobileSyrup


Now that more than 40,691,665 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada and the majority of people have received their first injection, normalcy is almost upon us.

Businesses and offices have started to implement hybrid models that involve working from home but also from an office in certain situations. To accommodate this hybrid future, Google has updated its RSVP feature for Calendar with two new options.

When responding to an invitation, you can now choose to join the meeting virtually or in person. To do this, click on the drop-down menu next to the “yes” button in the meeting invitation. The drop-down list will display three options: “Yes”, “Yes, in a meeting room” and “Yes, join virtually”.

By reviewing the event details, the meeting host and invited attendees will be able to see how people intend to attend the meeting. Those who choose “Yes” will have symbols next to their name that reflect their decision. If the participant wishes to attend in person, a door symbol will be added next to their name. If the attendee wishes to join virtually, this will be indicated by a camera icon next to their name, allowing attendees and the host to prepare accordingly.

This drop-down list launches first in Google Calendar, then in Gmail invitations. These participation details will not be shared with users on other platforms like Microsoft Outlook.

The feature has started rolling out for “Rapid Release” domains (fast release users receive updates as soon as they quit) and could take up to 15 days or more for the feature to become fully active.

For those in the Schedule Release domain, the new RSVP functionality will begin rolling out on July 22 and could take up to 15 days or more to become fully available.

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Source: Google