Microsoft Teams may just help you get out of that dull work meeting

Attending another unnecessary Microsoft Teams call could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new addition to the service.

Microsoft has revealed that it is working on a feature for its video conferencing tool that will allow users to adjust their Microsoft Teams status ahead of proposed meetings.

The feature should mean users will be able to signal when they’re free for a Microsoft Teams meeting, or alternatively when they’re too busy to attend or out of the office.

Microsoft Teams Calendar Update

In the official Microsoft 365 roadmap entry for the new feature, officially titled “Microsoft Teams: Calendar View as in Meetings”, Microsoft explains how it could benefit users with busy schedules.

The company notes how it would allow organizers and attendees of a Microsoft Teams meeting to choose a “Calendar Show As” status to reflect their availability, with options such as free, busy, or OOF.

Organizers will also be able to select the private meeting feature, which will allow users to hide meeting details from other users when their calendar is shared.

The feature is still listed as being in development at this time, with Microsoft estimating a general release date of June 2022. The company says that when available, the addition will be provided to all PC and Mac users.

The update is the latest in a series of features introduced by Microsoft in an effort to make hybrid working and online collaboration less taxing for users around the world.

The company recently revealed that a separate update titled “working hours and location” will allow users to set a notice of where they work, whether it’s home, the office or somewhere else specifically, giving managers more visibility into where their key employees are.

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Users of its Outlook email service will also be able to view a second type of calendar, with the company noting that users will have “a variety of global calendars” to choose from, including the Chinese lunar calendar, Indian calendar and Islamic calendar. calendar will soon be available as options in Outlook, so that certain holidays or celebrations are not missed.

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