Microsoft Takes on Rival Calendly with Outlook Bookings – Plus the Latest IT News Updates

Posted on May 13, 2022 by Russell Smith in Podcasts, This Week in IT with 12 Comments

This week in IT, I talk about Microsoft’s latest addition to Outlook, Outlook Bookings. And in addition to a round-up of the week’s news, I show you how to quickly @ mention a group of people in Microsoft Teams using tags.

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12 responses to “Microsoft Takes on Rival Calendly with Outlook Bookings – Plus the Latest IT News Updates”

  1. will

    Is this new? New to Thurrott? I like it.

  2. Russell Smith

    Newish. It's actually from Petri.com but we're promoting it on Thurrott. Thanks, glad you like it!

  3. max daru

    I started watching these weekly roundups a few months ago. They're great. Thanks Russell.

  4. wright_is

    We use COM add-ins for our telephone system and CRM solution, I don't see how Microsoft will support this going forward, if the web version becomes the standard that will break a lot of functionality.


    Surely taking the least powerful version of Outlook and making it the standard is the wrong way to go?


    Neat tip about the tags, I hadn't noticed them before. Are they relatively new?

    • Russell Smith

      Sure, I don't think there's any way a web app could support COM add-ins. I'm interested how Microsoft is going to position the new client when it becomes available. I guess that for many, it would provide more than enough functionality.


      Tags have been in Teams since early 2020. Pretty useful in large environments!

      • will

        This sort of feels like what they did with OneNote and the two versions with Windows 10. At the time they, Microsoft, promised all sorts of stuff with the new Win10 version and how the new app would get all the same stuff and more. It never happened, and now we are back to the OG OneNote with the new version being EOL.

  5. Piyer

    Thanks for your posts, Russell.

    WASM can technically bridge any dlls.

    in our blazer client (WASM) web app, we are able to bridge and call the printer and weigh scale directly.

    • Russell Smith

      Well, that’s certainly interesting. In that case, maybe in the future Microsoft will be able to take the new client to places I didn’t think possible.

  6. ne0kn1ght

    Very helpful!