FindTime, a nifty little tool from the Microsoft Garage folks, aims to ease the circus surrounding scheduling a meeting. You know, the dance we do until we find a time where all the participants can meet? FindTime essentially uses a survey allowing everyone to vote on proposed times until consensus is reached. FindTime then sends a meeting invite on your behalf. A great tool aimed to prevent us spending more time scheduling meetings than participating in them. Learn more about FindTime at https://findtime.microsoft.com/.

Deploy FindTime to your Exchange Online deployment using the Services and Add-ins blade in the M365 Admin Center. Setup couldn’t get much easier, requiring only a few straightforward steps. FindTime is an Office add-in. That means that it installs on the Exchange side of things and there is no .exe or .msi to run locally on clients!

Get started by browsing to https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal/Home#/homepage (login if prompted).

Expand Settings, then click Services & add-ins

Click +Deploy Add-In.

Click the Next Button on the Deploy a new add-in flyout

Click the Choose from the Store button.

In the Select add-in flyout, type FindTime in the Search Box, click the magnifying glass, then click the Add button next to the FindTime result.

Click the Continue button to agree to the FindTime license and privacy policies. The Configure add-in flyout displays.

Under Assign Users click the Everyone radio button. Under Deployment Method click the Fixed (Default) radio button. Click the Deploy Button.

The system will prepare the add-in, then display a message “Your add-in has been deployed,” click the Next Button.

Click the Close button on the Announce add-in flyout. As the message states, it could take up to 12 hours for the Add-in to be ready for all users, be patient.

Once the Add-in is ready, have users close Outlook, then re-open.

The FindTime add-in appears in the Outlook Ribbon all the way to the right.

That’s all there is to it! I hope FindTime makes scheduling your meetings less of a drag. Until next time checkyourlogs.net fans…

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