Microsoft brings Trello-like Board View feature to Outlook

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The personal information manager software system Microsoft Outlook is receiving a redesigned calendar view, the first big update to the tool since the integration of Sunrise and Wunderlist, starting with the web client.

The new Outlook calendar design includes a Board view that looks quite similar to Trello, a common workflow management tool. It lets you organize multiple calendars, tasks, goals, notes, links, reminders, and more. Microsoft has also made it easier for you to arrange meetings on Outlook for iOS with the help of its scheduling assistant.

Announcing the new Board calendar view in Microsoft Outlook for the Web over a blog post, Mr. Gabriel Valdez Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Outlook remarked that “On average, people use 6 tools to track all the things they need to get done. That is a lot of context switching, back and forth, and maybe even double tracking. You live your life beyond the grid of your traditional calendar – Those 30-minute slots are not enough for everything you need to do, track, or achieve. There must be a better way to manage your most important and urgent things in one place, for you to organize it the way you want, in an easy to use, the visual way”.

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The new Outlook calendar Board view, which aims to provide users with a Kanban-style “free form, the ever-expanding board” will help declutter your calendar and save time switching between apps. The new Outlook calendar Board view makes it easier to arrange meetings and your calendar by enabling you to add new information cards. Files, notes, goals, and reminder cards can be set according to the time and date of your choice. It will continue to expand as needed, centralizing everything to keep your calendar clean and up to date.

As previously mentioned, the Board view calendar update will be available first for Microsoft Outlook for the site, followed by commercial and educational users. There is no indication about when the Board view will be available in the Outlook app for Windows or Mac or make its way to the smartphone apps.

The new Outlook for Android and iOS Scheduling Assistant feature will be available for all commercial and educational users starting at the end of March.

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