Microsoft Bookings is a new scheduling tool available with certain plans for Office 365 | This tool was built for businesses who depend on scheduling appointments with their customers. Examples of where this tool is a perfect fit is for an accounting office, an insurance agent, a hair stylist, a dog groomer, an auto mechanic shop, a dentist office, etc.
Customers can schedule your business directly online
Bookings provides your business with a unique web page that your customers can use to schedule appointments, directly in your published calendar. The web page is simple to use: the customer first selects the service they want and, based on availability you provide, chooses a day and time when you or one of your staff is available, enters their contact information and books the appointment.
The tool is mainly designed for small business and with comes with Office 365 Business Premium as a standard app. But since a while ago even enterprise customers with Office 365 E1-3-5 can now add it to their users.
To configure it you must have the admin rights to purchase new services from the admin center.
So step one: Login and click on the Admin icon so that the admin center opens up
Under the tab Billing you will see Purchase Services. And at the very bottom you will find Business Apps (free).
Browse over with the mouse and press Buy Now. And dont worry it is free for real!
Next follow the guide and dont forget to add the amount of licenses that you want, this should probably match the number of total users in your organisation that you later want to enable this service for.
Click next if it looks correct!
Then when the licenses are added you will have to assign them to the users that you want the service enabled for.
They will then see a new app in the meny.
If they click that they will then see the following screen that is part of the first setup experience.
So it might be good that you as an admin walk through this wizard for your users and before you assign them licenses.
All done! Or now its time to configure the service!
How do you configure and set it up?
The following links are two great posts on how to configure the Bookings service for your organisation.