M365 Changelog: (Updated) Outlook on the web – Work Hours and Location

MC553273 – Updated June 16, 2023: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

To help organizations manage hybrid work, users can set up their work hours and location (WHL) in Outlook on the web, specifying when they’ll be remote or in the office. They can also setup different working hours per day, or multiple work slots in a day. Additionally, if your organization uses Teams and a user sets up WHL, their location will also be shown in their Teams profile card.

The new WHL also impacts how “suggested times” work when creating a meeting event in Outlook on the web. Suggested times will take into account the WHL of the attendees before suggesting times when people are available.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88822

When this will happen:

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out in mid-May 2023 and expect to complete rollout by late May 2023.

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out in late May 2023 and expect to complete rollout by late August (previously early June).

How this will affect your organization:

If users set up WHL, people in their organization will be able to see whether they are working in the office or remote when using the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook on the web or in the Teams profile card.

If users don’t set up WHL, nothing will change.

What you need to do to prepare:

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change, but you may want to communicate to your users on this feature which could make hybrid work and meetings a better experience.

For more info on the feature, please read this blog.