Without room finder new outlook for Mac isn't desirable to use - if it's there it's not obvious how to get at it
Shannon Murdoch commented
The new UI and associated flows for creating meetings is extremely convoluted and inefficient. I really don't see why we've gone from an interface where you can get everything done in one place to an interface where you need to burrow 2-3 levels deep to view room availability ('Scheduling Assistant'), adjust repeating rules, adjust alarms.
Not only this, but the new interface is just so hard to learn - it doesn't follow any common conventions a user would have learned from other apps/websites. ie I need to 'intuitively know' that two opposing arrows is what I must click to get a little bit closer to the room availability interface ('Scheduling Assistant'). When in the Scheduling Assistant interface it takes a while to figure out how to get back to the spot where you type the meeting description. Oh - a randomly placed 'Done' button at the top-left. 🤦♂️
When I create a meeting I start with availability of people, then room, then description, then send. This interface requires me to start with a time (not knowing anyone's availability), then go past the meeting description interface to view availability, then come back to the meeting description interface prior to sending the meeting invite. I just seems back-to-front and not mirroring real-world use.
Doug Ruggiero commented
Per this article ( https://support.office.com/en-us/article/the-new-outlook-for-mac-6283be54-e74d-434e-babb-b70cefc77439 ) a number of features haven't made it back into the new interface, one of which is Room Finder.
We have a number of large offices that are predominantly Mac users. They depend on Room Finder to find and book conference rooms for meetings. Please consider this a request to get Room Finder back into the interface ASAP. Our users will not be able to use the new interface until it returns. Thanks.
In the past, it was very easy to quickly see all conference room availablity by multi-selecting them and looking at what's available.
Now we have to individually look at availability which is highly inefficent. Maybe there's a way to dynamically display it when you multi-select.
This should also apply to people.
Jean Michel commented
When organizing a meeting (or "event" with new wording), the locations (in my case, meeting rooms) have to be added manually.
By Manually I mean I have to know the exact name, whereas before I could select a location (like an office) and have automatically added all meeting rooms for that specific office.
In big companies, with many locations and dozens to hundreds meeting rooms, you can't know them by heart, I don't even know their office names by heart (beside mine).
Need to be able to find a meeting room easily and quickly without knowing its name but just the office where it is.