Microsoft Bookings is a schedule and appointment manager application by Microsoft. It is one of the productivity applications included in the Microsoft 365 suite. Microsoft Bookings was designed originally for small businesses (Hairdressers/Car Garages etc.) as a way for their customers to book and manage their appointments online.
Key features of Bookings:
It is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Android, Apple IOS and on Linux using WINE.
Microsoft Bookings can allow people to book into their choice of time slots via a website, thereby scheduling appointments with staff members providing a service or running an appointment. The web-based scheduling page can be shared via a direct link, e.g. via email or through a link embedded within a website.
You can fully customise a Bookings calendar to fit the specific needs of your organisation, by defining appointment types and details, managing staff schedules and availability, setting business hours and customising how appointments are scheduled.
Bookings is also accessible via a business-facing mobile app, where Bookings calendar owners and administrators can see their appointments, access customer lists alongside contact information and make manual bookings wherever they are.
Please note: with effect from 1st December 2022 the Bookings Mobile Apps on Google Play store and Apple App store will no longer be available for download. Any existing users of the app will be able to continue to use the app but will not receive any support or updates. Users who want to access Bookings on their mobile device can do so via the Bookings web page (https://book.ms) on their mobile browser.
This application integrates with Outlook. You can synchronise staff calendars with their assigned Bookings appointments, making Bookings a good scheduling solution for those already using Outlook.
If you want to use Bookings to manage 1 to 1 appointments, please use the Personal Booking tool.
Microsoft Bookings is available to all University staff.
You can access Microsoft Bookings by logging into the Office 365 portal, clicking on all apps and selecting Bookings.
Alternatively, you can access Bookings via an app in Microsoft Teams desktop.
You can request a new Bookings calendar to be created via the request linked in the related requests section (please note: you will need to be logged in to access this form).
Click the Microsoft Bookings tile from the Office 365 portal (or you can enter 'Book.ms' in the web browser address bar).
If it is the first time you have used Bookings, you will see the following screen:
If your calendar is not visible in the list, click 'Discover calendars' button and then enter the name of the Bookings calendar in the box provided and press enter to start the search. Select your calendar from the list of results.
Please note: 'Create new calendar' will not work as you will need to complete the request to create a new Bookings calendar.
Currently, users have the option to switch between the old version and the new version of bookings. If you use the old version you will be migrated to the new version automatically after the 14th November 2022. There is no impact or loss of any data.
Microsoft Bookings training is available via LinkedIn Learning.
For further information on Microsoft Bookings and for support, please see the Microsoft Website.