Posted by: kurtsh | December 4, 2018

BETA: – An artificially intelligent agent for Office 365 users

clip_image002Scheduling meetings is painful, time-consuming, and complicated. 

By now, however, you’ve hopefully heard of & used Microsoft FindTime™, Microsoft’s self-service solution for Office 365 users that facilitates meeting scheduling between both internal & external participants by automating the process of sending inquiries regarding each person’s availability for a meeting.  This solution has been readily available for Exchange Online/Outlook 365 & delighted Office 365 users for more than 2 years!

Introducing (Preview)
Move over FindTime.  There’s a new assistant in town to both automate & expedite the scheduling of meetings for Office 365 users and it’s called does one thing really well:  Quickly schedule meetings for you with other people based on everyone’s availability.  You simply put “Cortana” on the cc: and instruct her in the email body as to what you want to schedule.

  • “Cortana, can you help us book a 30 minute call next week?”
  • “Cortana, can you find us an hour for coffee at Starbucks at 5th Ave and Broadway?”
  • “Cortana, schedule Tuesday at 3pm for us to Skype.”’s intelligence addresses most meeting scenarios:


  • Saves you time – To use, cc: Cortana in an email with other people and ask her to schedule a meeting. Cortana handles all the back-and-forth emails to find a time when everyone can meet and then sends out an invite on your behalf.
  • Schedules intelligently – With the speed of artificial intelligence and the personal touch of a human assistant, it’s the best of both worlds. Cortana communicates with your contacts by email to provide a natural, almost human, scheduling experience.
  • Knows your calendar – works with your Office 365,, or Google calendar. Cortana, using, knows your meeting preferences and uses them to find the best times.

Here’s a video demonstration of comes with Office 365 & requires that your mailbox be in the cloud. (i.e. Exchange Online)  Interested in giving it a try?  Here’s the sign up page:

  • – An artificially intelligent agent for Office 365 users from Microsoft

(Note: This technology accesses user’s calendars for availability as well as others in your organization.  Usage of is predicated on your IT organization’s participation.  In order to facilitate this process, an Office 365 Administrator needs to kick off this authorization process by going to:


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