It seems as though it’s ready to add to that reputation with yet another iOS-first app.
Invite intends to do away with the hassles when it comes to scheduling meetings, and that would be the inability to check out other folks’ calendars who are not within your organization. By letting attendees pick times that work for them, even when it means moving one of their own meetings, can stop that meeting from being scheduled on a Friday evening, VentureBeat says.
Once you’ve connected your email account, you can suggest various times that work for you and invite attendees. Not only that, Invite will also show everyone else the times in which other people are all right with. The app is a standalone app but it works best with an Office 365 business and school subscriptions, but also works with Outlook.com, Gmail and Yahoo Mail.
With Invite you won’t have to worry about whether attendees are inside or outside your organization, what platform they’re on, or whether they have less important meetings squatting on valuable calendar space. The recipients select all the times they can attend from the app itself or from a browser, once votes are in, you pick the time that works best. The organizer then gets a notification that their invitees have responded, and can pick a final time for the event based on when people are available before sending out a calendar invite that blocks the time out on everyone’s schedule.
The app is another aesthetically pleasing take from Microsoft, which has upped its mobile design game in the last couple of years with its Office for iOS suite and a handful of other iOS and Android products. It will arrive for Windows and Android users in the near future. Once again, Microsoft reiterates that it is shipping Invite through The Garage with an intent to learn, nearly like some sort of beta project.