Microsoft is rolling out an update to Outlook that will “dramatically” improve the reliability of shared calendars.
The Redmond, Wash., Based company calls the update “arguably the biggest change to Outlook for Windows since its initial release in 1997,” which seems a bit too much for what amounts to back-end changes to improve functionality. In fact, further down in Microsoft’s update, the company said it hopes people won’t notice the change because it’s “one of those improvements that should be invisible as it eliminates the issues but do not modify the basic functionality of the product “.
Still, if you are a longtime Outlook user and have struggled with the shared calendars in the app, then this update can be a blessing for you.
Microsoft actually started testing the new shared calendar experiences for Outlook in 2019 and will now slowly roll them out to users. Some of the improvements include faster sync times for new and updated meetings, as well as new capabilities for meeting organizers to extend or end recurring series without affecting exceptions for past meetings, Automatic updates of modified participants in a meeting list and more. When Microsoft started previewing the changes, they shared a video detailing what’s new, which you can see below:
The edge points out that these changes should resolve long-lasting issues with Outlook on Windows, which may take too long to sync changes to shared calendars. These delays can cause meetings to disappear, calendars out of sync, and other headaches.
Microsoft currently has about 10% of Outlook for Windows users on the enhanced shared calendar experience and will continue to roll out the features in the spring and summer. It’s also worth noting that features are already available for those who use Outlook on the web, Mac, or mobile.
Source: Microsoft Via: The Verge