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April 23, 2020

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Updated Feature: Updates for time management and calendaring in Outlook mobile

MC208463, Stay Informed, Published date: Apr 3, 2020


We are making a few updates in Outlook for iOS that can help users easily schedule meetings, get additional calendar context at a glance, and show up on time.

These changes relate to the following Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs: 54450 and 61412.How does this change affect me?

1. Calendar week numbers.

We recently added the week number to three- and seven-day calendar views in Outlook for iOS. Next, we’ll add add it to the Month view.

2. Adding time zones to events.

We communicated in MC193281 (October 2019) that Outlook for iOS would support scheduling meetings in specific time zones. We then let you know that the feature would be delayed. In the coming weeks, we will restart this rollout. Your users will soon be able to add a time zone to new events in Outlook for iOS. Support for an additional time zone in Outlook for Android remains on hold, but it is prioritized in our backlog.

3. Time To Leave.

Apple introduced a change in iOS 13 that restricts Outlook for iOS and other apps from using the device location in the background. As a result, Time To Leave notifications from Outlook will no longer be reliable. We will therefore disable the Time to Leave notification capability and remove the option to set this notification in Outlook for iOS Settings.

  • Effective the end of April, users who have Time To Leave turned on in Outlook and Notifications enabled on their device will no longer receive notifications about the best time to leave based on their location and the start time of calendar events that include rich locations (full addresses).
  • A time to leave indication will still be visible in the Agenda view in Outlook for iOS as well as in the event details page if Location Services are enabled in the device settings and the calendar event has a full, mappable street address.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change however you might want to update your user documentation and training.

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