If you are one of the busy people in the world who manages everything on your Online Calendar, Microsoft plans to offer a service which helps to schedule a meeting looking at your calendar. Tightly integrated with Cortana, things go one step ahead.
Calendar.help is the service which was acquired from Genee which excelled in scheduling meeting. To make things simpler, Microsoft has included a feature which lets you send an email to Cortana ( on CC), which in turn finds out which could be the right time for your meeting. Once you confirm, a calendar event is created, and invite is sent to everyone who should be attending the meeting.
- To use Calendar.help, cc: Cortana in an email with other people and ask her to schedule a meeting. Cortana handles all the back-and-forth emails to find a time when everyone can meet and then sends out an invite on your behalf.
- Cortana communicates with your contacts by email to provide a natural, almost human, scheduling experience.
- Calendar.help works with your Office 365, Outlook.com, or Google calendar. Cortana, using Calendar.help, knows your meeting preferences and uses them to find the best times.
Announced on the Official Office Blog :
After you send the email, Cortana looks at your calendar to find times you are available and then reaches out to the invitees to propose times. Cortana communicates directly with the attendees so the back and forth emailing won’t clutter your inbox. As attendees reply with their availability, Cortana keeps the conversation moving forward until a time that works for everyone is found. Cortana also follows up with attendees if they don’t respond within 48 hours.
As of now its only invite based, and you will have to give access to your calendar to let them decide if its really worth. Go head to try the preview at Calendar.help