Microsoft is getting ready to sunset its Bookings mobile apps next month. The apps will be retired on July 15, and users will no longer be able to access Microsoft Bookings through Android and iOS devices.
Microsoft Bookings is an appointment scheduling and booking management service that launched in March 2017. The tool is primarily designed to help small businesses track, manage, and organize their appointments and calendars. It’s possible to create an online booking page that lets customers view available timeslots and create appointments. The scheduling tool integrates with other Microsoft 365 services like Teams and Outlook.
Microsoft had already removed the Bookings mobile apps from the App Store and Google Play Store back in February this year. However, the apps continue to work for existing users who have already installed them on their mobile devices.
With Microsoft Bookings mobile apps shutting down soon, users will no longer be able to access the service on iOS and Android phones. The company suggests customers use the Bookings app via the web browser.
“We have launched the mobile friendly web version for users to access Bookings web page (https://book.ms) on their mobile browser. We recommend users who are using the mobile Apps to transition to the mobile web version,” the company explained in a message on the Microsoft 365 admin center.
Microsoft didn’t explain why it’s retiring the Bookings mobile apps, but it seems likely that the decision is driven by low usage. Meanwhile, the Bookings web client will remain available for both mobile and desktop users. “We will continue to invest into improving the web version and providing a consistent experience across desktop and mobile,” Microsoft added.
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