Microsoft today announced the addition of two new features to Microsoft Bookings, an Office 365 service that allows small businesses to schedule and manage appointments with their customers.
First, they are adding support for multi-day services like lodging, tours, and extended excursions.
To set up all-day and multi-day services, click the “Services” link in the left side of the Bookings web page. Create or edit a service and look for the “Default duration” label on the relevant Service details page. You will see a “Days” option – just select the number of days your service requires and click Save.
Second, they are adding support for customizable time increments that will give businesses full control over exactly when their appointments are available. Previously, businesses only had options like 30 mins, 45 mins, 1 hour and so on. Now, they can have granular control over the timings.
To customize bookable time increments, first, click the “Booking page” link in the left navigation bar of the Bookings Web app. Then, click on the drop-down arrow next to “Time increments” in the Scheduling policy section of the page. You’ll see that we added several new choices to our list. Scroll all the way down to see the “Custom (in minutes)” option and click on it. You will see an additional text box where you can enter the number minutes you want your appointments’ time increment to be.
Microsoft will be rolling out these features to Booking customers next week.