Microsoft added some important new features to the Outlook mobile client last month and also promised to add some more features by the end of this year. In early 2023, Microsoft is also planning to add a new feature to its email client to help users better focus on work.
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Microsoft is developing the Focus Time feature for Outlook, which can schedule focused events directly from the Outlook Calendar. This will help users work uninterrupted as Teams and Outlook notifications will not pop up during this time. This is similar to how the Focus feature in Windows 11 works.
When the feature arrives, users will be able to schedule focused events directly from their Outlook calendar. This is very similar to setting an event type in a calendar like “out of office”, “busy”, etc.
While Microsoft hasn’t shown how users will set it up, it’s most likely that when you start creating new events from your Outlook calendar, focus time is tied to “Free,” “Busy,” “Working Elsewhere,” and “Out of Office.” ” option will be available.
Google Calendar and Microsoft’s Viva Insights apps allow users to schedule their key events. Users can also set it up in Outlook with the Insights Outlook add-in, but this requires a Viva Insights subscription.
Instead, Schedule Focused Events is available to every Outlook user for free. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap page, Focus Time is expected to be available to all Outlook clients in January 2023.