Deprecating the Outlook version of FindTime?
Received this notification today and want to understand if FindTime will continue to be available for Outlook or if it is now an OWA-only feature:
"Since FindTime was an add-in for Outlook, we decided that the best way to help even more people save time was to transition FindTime functionality directly into OWA. With the comparable "Find a time" now available in OWA, we are discontinuing FindTime as an add-in for Outlook."
Agree; now is not the right time to deprecate. Evolve the Outlook app through time to be more connected to the cloud framework, just like the web OWA client. That will reduce Microsoft's support burden through time, while still engaging in "customer delight".
THANK YOU for listening and bringing it back to outlook on the desktop !!!!
Indeed. IT IS ALIVE!!! thank you for bringing it back to life. I am glad I was curious to check today, as I actually did not receive any communication whatsoever about this great feature coming back to life.
Thank you MSFT!
Looks like it is back?
Pam stanley commented
THIS IS TERRIBLE! I NEVER use OWA! Bring back the addin!
What Alternative Products are people using now that Microsoft has abandoned this feature?
Chris Lewis commented
Agree with all here. FindTime is a good tool, so deprecating it and forcing us onto OWA to use it is boneheaded. May as well use Doodle.
Two suggestions: (1) get rid of the HBS egg-head who made this ridiculous decision and (2) bring back the plug-in.
Completely agree with the sentiments shared here in this thread. I never ever never and I do mean never go to the online version of outlook either on my laptop or on my phone. Why would it make sense to do that just for Find Time functionality. Hope this is not a sign of other useful stuff becoming web based only.
Bryan Kidd commented
We use FindTime constantly. Its the ONLY way we can schedule meetings with customers. A process of scheduling a meeting used to take hours and so much time. No one sitting at their desk uses OWA. The move forward would be to keep it as is and build the functionality right into Outlook itself. This is a BIG step backwards. :((((((
Rob Christensen commented
Removing FindTime from native Outlook is a huge leap backwards. This will definitely impact our organization in a negative way is it is used daily in native Outlook. While it is a nice add to OWA, our users are not using OWA for regular business. And honestly this was a very, very short notice for this type of change.
I'm at a loss for words what to tell my staff as I have no alternative solution for them since they will not go into OWA just to use FindTime. :-(
Please reconsider this or have a replacement in place very, very soon!
Ivan Bakran commented
I really hope you strive to invoke the function in the desktop version of Outlook in some other way. To have to go on-line to schedule a meeting is not very convenient for our users, who all are working in the desktop version of Outlook. At least you could have a button/link to the FindTime online service from Outlook (preferably in the window where you are planning a meeting).
Joseph Losinski commented
Find Time is a must when trying to schedule meetings between various organizations and tenants with no access to each others' availability. Please keep Find Time in Outlook.
This stinks, we had alot of staff using this feature.
Vince Little commented
Why on earth would they discontinue Findtime, with no replacement? What a useful tool? What a horrible thing to do to customers. I used it at my other company very frequently. I joined my new company recently, and I can no longer install it. I am highly disappointed.
Please bring it back!
Bring back FindTime for Outlook O356
Kevin, CIO commented
I got very positive feedback from other colleagues and clients about this feature - everyone loves how it simplifies our effort to set up a meeting. Please do not take it away!
Just came across FindTime and it looks great - tried to install and got the message that it's no longer available :-( I think the promo video should be removed if this is no longer available.
Find a Time in OWA is the replacement? Why kill the plug-in for the desktop client??
It's now missing from OWA too. A Huge issue for us.