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Blog Post - Microsoft 365 Updates

This blog post is regularly updated with announcements from Microsoft regarding updates, features and rollouts in the Microsoft 365 suite of products. Bookmark this post so you can stay up to date with the latest news, without all the jargon!

If you would like to know about these and other benefits of Microsoft 365, become a Thriving with 365 member and get direct access to me, your Microsoft expert, to help you navigate what's important for you and your business, and what you don't need to worry about!

Outlook Bookings Personal Page

11 May 2022 | Bookings, Outlook

Bookings in Outlook is coming to help you reduce the back and forth in scheduling, while helping you to maintain control of your calendar! Users of Business Basic, Business Standard and Business Premium will have access to Bookings in Outlook by default when the general rollout is completed (expected to be late June 2022).

Bookings in Outlook is coming to help you reduce the back and forth in scheduling, while helping you maintain control of your calendar. You'll be able to create custom meeting types to share with others so they can easily find a time to schedule a 1:1 meeting with you according to your availability and preferences. When someone schedules a meeting with you using your personal booking page, you will both receive an email confirmation.

Attendees can update or cancel scheduled meetings with you directly from your personal bookings page. While Microsoft Bookings is designed for group and team scheduling, Bookings in Outlook is meant only for the owner of the mailbox and is based only on their preferences and availability.

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What you need to do to prepare

Bookings in Outlook will be enabled by default for users that meet the licensing requirements. To disable access to creating a personal booking page for your organization or select users, follow these instructions.

Additional Information

Office 2013 - End of Support Notice

14 April 2022 | Office 2013

If you (or any of your clients) are running Microsoft 2013, Extended Support will cease on April 11, 2023.

Client versions of Office that are currently supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 (and Office 365) services:

🌱 Microsoft 365 Apps 
🌱 Office LTSC 2021   
🌱 Office 2019   
🌱 Office 20

What does this mean for me? 

After Office 2013 reaches the end of support, Microsoft won’t provide any new security updates, and the continued use of Office 2013 after April 2023 may increase your organisation’s exposure to security risks or impact your ability to meet compliance obligations.

Also, if you connect to Microsoft 365 with an Office 2013 client, you might experience performance or reliability issues. Since October 2020, Office 2013 is not a supported client to connect to Microsoft 365 services.

You can read the full announcement from Microsoft here.

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Marianne Tansley

Marianne is your fast-talking, cheese-loving 'Microsoft Magician' and Online Business Manager (OBM) at Thrive Admin Services. Based in Hervey Bay, QLD, with her husband and their two dogs (Eli and Skye), she's a natural problem-solver, with a knack for seeing both the big picture and the small steps needed to make it a reality.

With over 20 years' corporate admin experience, she specialises in working with administration professionals and professional services business owners to share the tips, tricks and features inside your existing Microsoft 365 subscription to create the systems and processes of your dreams! It's all about reducing the overwhelm, frustration and heavy tech-talk, to create common-sense practical systems and processes that make sense to you! After all, sharing is caring!

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