Microsoft Bookings to be added as an Office 365 App

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Microsoft Bookings, a self-service scheduling tool, will be made available as an Office 365 web app in mid-May to all Office 365 E3 and E5 customers. Microsoft Bookings makes it easier for your users to manage appointments both inside and outside of your organization. With this update, Bookings will transition from an add-in to an integral part of Office 365.
Microsoft Bookings will be on by default, which gives all of your users the ability to create and manage a Microsoft Bookings mailbox and calendar.
•    Administrators can turn Microsoft Bookings off for their organization.
•    In the near future, administrators will be able to limit Microsoft Bookings to specific users within the organization. We will update this post with those details when they are available.
Your end users will access Bookings from the Office 365 App Launcher in the upper left corner of the browser in Office 365. As a web application, Bookings is only accessible online.

What do you need to do to prepare for this change?
When this change takes effect, customers will need to verify that "Allow Microsoft Bookings" is set for the experience you prefer.
•    To allow all users access to Bookings, there is no action required. This is the default.
•    To turn Bookings Off for the entire tenant, follow the instructions detailed in this support document
•    To limit access to Bookings, you can use a Mail Policy (via PowerShell) and grant only specific users the ability to create Bookings pages. 
Learn more about Bookings in the enterprise.
Note: If Bookings is currently enabled in a tenant via the “Business Apps (Free)” add-on, existing Microsoft Bookings mailboxes and related data will not be impacted by this change.

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