April, 2023 Blog archives

Microsoft Bookings – A Good Meeting Scheduling Tool

Published April 14, 2023

Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting between more than two individuals? It’s difficult with just 2 people and becomes exponentially harder with each additional person. At times, it seems like more time is spent trying to find a common meeting time than in the actual meeting. But the time spent scheduling meetings — the back and forth between people trying to figure out the best day and time @mdash; can be avoided using meeting scheduling tools. Microsoft Bookings is one such tool and makes scheduling/managing appointments easier.

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, then you should consider using Microsoft Bookings. Bookings has a web-based appointment calendar and integrates with Microsoft Outlook allowing customers and clients the flexibility to book a time that works best for them. Email and SMS text notifications that are a part of the Bookings app can reduce missed meetings and improve customer satisfaction. Just think of the time that can be saved with a reduction in repetitive scheduling tasks. An added bonus is that Bookings has a built-in ability to be customized to meet multiple needs of any organization.

Bookings also has features included to allow virtual meetings to be scheduled. Appointments booked as online meetings have unique meeting links included so attendees can join via Teams app, phone dial-in, or web browser. Bookings works effortlessly with Teams which allows users to create Bookings calendars, assign staff and schedule both new and manage existing appointments without ever leaving Teams.

Bookings is made up of these key features:

  • A booking page where your customers and clients can schedule appointments with the staff member who should provide the service or run the appointment. This web-based scheduling page can be shared via a direct link, your Facebook page, and even through link embedding within your website.
  • A web app that contains a set of web-based, business-facing pages where Bookings calendar owners and administrators within an organization can define appointment types and details, manage staff schedules and availability, set business hours, and customize how appointments are scheduled. These pages allow for versatility and the ability to customize a Bookings calendar to fit the diverse needs of the person or organization.

If you haven't already, check out the short introduction video from Microsoft above.

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