The biggest problem in planning a gathering of people is checking everyone’s availability, so Microsoft’s Invite app is looking to make meetings easier to arrange by providing with an easy way for users to interact with each other.
Coming from Microsoft’s experimental ‘Garage’ project where employees can just toss in new ideas, Invite has made its way to the Apple Store, exclusively for iPhones in the United States and Canada. It will help co-workers and colleagues arrange meetings by synching the app with their e-mail account.
By simply proposing a meeting, users will be notified of the available hours and will be able to choose which works best for them through a vote of sort within the app. For those who have Invite on their phones, they will receive a notification with the meeting, but it will also inform those who do not own it through an e-mail.
It will make arranging one much easier as it will no longer require to constant shifting from the message to your calendar in order to check availability. And once the date will set, the app will automatically update your calendar inside your e-mail account.
This will be a quick and easy way to keep tabs on everyone’s responses, even if they’re working in other companies.
The interface is reported to be relatively easy-to-use, which is precisely the kind of time-efficient services that are needed for most business men. Users will simply send invitations to a meeting, and the others will respond with the hours when they’re available.
It eliminates the dreaded need for calling or messaging with multiple people, possibly through different apps. Invite steps in with the purpose in mind of synching everyone together, along with your e-mail calendar in order to provide each user with a quick and efficient experience.
Users will instantly know which time works best for the majority of people. Once the date and hour are set, invitations are sent and marked upon their calendars for easy access and as little effort on their part as possible.
According to Microsoft, the app will work best with Office 365 business and school subscriptions, but it will function just fine when synching with others, such as Outlook, Yahoo Mail or Google Mail.
So far, Microsoft’s Invite is only available for iPhones available on the store, but future versions are in development in order to cover both Android devices and, curiously, Windows phones that have been so far deprived of the app.
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