Provide an option to automatically set an Out Of Office message in Microsoft Outlook 2016 if a meeting in Calendar is set to Out Of Office
Provide an option to automatically set an Out Of Office message in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as soon as a meeting in Calendar is set to Out Of Office.
Ashley James commented
Apparently I'm not the only one who really wants this feature. It would make life so much easier if there was an auto-reply when the calendar has an event shown as busy, meeting or appointment.
I block off time in my calendar to get reports done, but some people might not know that I'm not checking email because they can't access my calendar and don't know to call me if it's urgent without having to go through the manual process of doing an out-of-office every time.
It's crazy that people have been asking for this for so long and it hasn't happened. The other updates that have been made are usually not for the benefit of the user, or a button is moved just to agitate users and look like improvements are being made. Plus they usually have bugs for weeks. At least do something that helps the users, even if kinks need to be worked out after implementation. At least it's kinks in something we want.
Generic Automatic Out of the Office replies when an appointment is scheduled with an out of the office status.
why not commented
I was looking 15 years ago for this feature. Now in 2020 a lot of useless garbage features exist, but such a simple logical feature is still not in sight.
instated of doing OOO everyday you get the option to set up OOO linked to the calendar selecting hours as well by creating event
Matt W. commented
This idea was created back in 2017 and has a ton of votes. is there a roadmap for this feature yet?
This would be amazing!
Oh and btw... this is all available through Google since 2018. M$ needs to get there act together...
2 Optional fixes:
Add 2 checkbox to appointment dialog:
1 - Enable auto reply for this event
2 - include calendar entry in response
PS garbage in background to make work.
Probably 10 lines of code or less.
Option 2 - allow us to do it with inbox rules
Add Checkboxs for Calendar availability or time/date rules.
In my opinion, there is no reason for these both to be available.
There are literally 1000s of uses for more advanced automatic reply options and why this has not changed in 10 years is a massive oversight
M$ needs to get a handle on this. Its freaking 2020, and the opinions currently available are unacceptable.
for small 1-2 hour of out of office, I do not want to go to complected steps to set out of office message. I would like to have a default message sent if in calendar I mark "Show As = Out of Office"
Jakub Gatys commented
In addition to this it should automatically put dates (from - to) in autoresponder message so you don't have to edit autoresponder message to change date in text. This is also ridicoulus. First you need to enable the autoresponder and provide dates and then manually change the same dates in autoresponder message so people can know when you will be back.
Mac Readhead commented
Can this go one step further and include different replies for different calendar statuses?
Miroslav C. commented
How is this not a feature in 2020? I don't think it would take more than a day for a developer to program this. And it will be SUPER useful to lots of people :)
Juraj S. commented
Outlook should be able to look at events that you selected "show as out of office" and create automatic out of office replies. It should also know when you are going to return.
Kevin Perocheau commented
Yes I really can't believe that this feature still doesn't exist. Actually I can't believe that microsoft is still on the market, they have the most buggy SW ever. Teams and Word are the most buggy software ever. Outlook is just not peronalizable at all. You cant automatize anything. Excel is not adapting itself to the cloud tendancy....
Microsoft is so present on the market that they feel themself very powerfull and litarally stopped developing and improving their softwares since 1990. They just don't care about their customers. I guess Microsoft will just keed losing market shares along the year and almost disapear by 2030... Unless they change their politic and begin to produce quality softwares...
Vassilis Sap commented
How is this not a feature in 2020? I don't think it would take more than a day for a developer to program this. And it will be SUPER useful to lots of people...
Austin Headley commented
This would be a huge boost to productivity and visibility for both managers and their teams. No more having to remind people to set their OOO. No more having to remember to turn it on and off throughout the year.
And the other 20+ times throughout the year you step out for a couple hours or need to set your OOO for an appointment, no more tedious process. All done when you create the calendar item.
Honestly surprised it hasn't been implemented yet considering how much time and effort it would save people!
Jinn Gon-Qui commented
I would think that regardless of quantity and frequency of documented requests for this, that it would be simple enough to make a binary option facing the user, and leveraging existing functionalities in a streamlined manner in order to implement this.
Nathan Spiecker commented
The automatic response function in Outlook should have an option or rule where it detects when you have scheduled to be out of the office, and gives an option to send automatic responses during that period of time.
Olaf Wrieden commented
Through the Outlook Calendar, events showing as Out of Office should have an option to configure automatic Out of Office email replies.
Currently, the only way is to set up manual automatic replies between a date range, but for those of us who live out of our calendar, or work part-time, this isn't a viable option.
If I work on say Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I have to turn them on between now and 12 AM Tuesday, then turn them on again between Thursday 12 AM to Tuesday the next week. Things get worse for people who don't work consecutive days and find themselves toggling automatic replies all day long.
It would seem like such an intuitive feature to associate Out of Office calendar events with an automatic email reply (if desired). With all the connectivity between Office 365 apps, this is a logical step in the right direction and would save a lot of people a lot of time.