How to create 'Bookings with me' from Personal Outlook Calendar

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Microsoft has recently released a new feature ‘Bookings with me’ in Outlook which is a web-based application that enriches you with a personal scheduling space for people to schedule a meeting or appointment. It also integrates with the free/busy information from your Outlook calendar.

Bookings with me is an ideal solution for enterprise, small business, and users in education to schedule 1:1 meetings with those inside and outside their organizations.

Here are few scenarios where how you can utilize “Bookings with me”. Please note that you can customize the time slots for each of a booking you schedule.

Microsoft Bookings Vs Bookings with me

‘Bookings with me’ is nothing new but a personalized experience of the existing Microsoft Bookings App. Though these two variants share the same licencing requirements, they vary in the below aspects.

Microsoft Bookings Bookings with me
It is an independent Microsoft 365 application It integrates with your Outlook calendar
It is intended to manage scheduling for a group of people It can only be used for 1:1 meetings
For each new “Bookings Calendar” a corresponding mailbox is created in Exchange It won't create a new mailbox for each Bookings with me page

Benefits of “Bookings with me”

Benefits of “Bookings with me” include :

      Customize your meetings to share with others

      People can schedule time based on your availability and preferences

      Both the parties will receive the invite via mail

      Convenience to update or cancel scheduled meetings


A user had to satisfy the below criteria to use the “Bookings with me” in Outlook.

      Microsoft 365 / Office 365 License

      Microsoft Bookings App to be assigned to the user

      Calendar FreeBusy Anonymous sharing must be enabled

How to enable Calendar FreeBusy Anonymous sharing

To check if it is enabled, use the below PowerShell command.

Get-SharingPolicy -Identity “Default Sharing Policy” | fl Domains

“Anonymous:CalendarSharingFreeBusyReviewer” should be one of the domains in the response. If not, to enable it, use the below PowerShell command.

Set-SharingPolicy “Default Sharing Policy” -Domains @{Add=”Anonymous:CalendarSharingFreeBusyReviewer”}

How to turn-on / off “Bookings with me” using PowerShell

At Organization Level

To turn-on “Bookings with me”

Set-OrganizationConfig -EwsAllowList @{Add=”MicrosoftOWSPersonalBookings”}

To turn-off “Bookings with me”

Set-OrganizationConfig -EwsAllowList @{Remove=”MicrosoftOWSPersonalBookings”}

At User Level

To turn-on “Bookings with me”

Set-CASMailbox -Identity -EwsAllowList @{Add=”MicrosoftOWSPersonalBookings”}

To turn-off “Bookings with me”

Set-CASMailbox -Identity -EwsAllowList @{Remove=”MicrosoftOWSPersonalBookings”}

How to Create a new Booking

You can access your Bookings with me page through Outlook on the web whereas it is currently not supported in the desktop version.

Navigate to Outlook web view -> calendar -> “Create bookings page” option in left panel.

Bookings with me – Home Page [Organizer View]

Step 1 : Choose to create a Public / Private Booking, fill the necessary information & ‘Save’. The Booking created is ready to be shared with others.

Note : When the “Teams Meeting“ option is enabled, a Teams Meeting link is shared along with the mail invite.

Step 2 : You can choose to share either the booking page link OR the booking link with others. You can share the booking link with the intended person & your job done.

Bookings with me – Attendee View

Attendee is not mandated with a Microsoft account to use Bookings app. The user can either sign-in with a Microsoft account or Continue as a Guest to access the Bookings app.

Step 1 : Choose a different time zone if required & choose the desired date & time. And then click ‘Next’.

Flow 1 : When you continue as a Guest

Step 2 : Enter the Name and Email to which the invite has to be shared. Enter “Notes” to add any custom message and click ‘Email verification code’.

Step 3 : Enter the verification code sent to the entered email in the previous step and click ‘Schedule’.

Step 4 : A booking confirmation page appears summarizing the details of the meeting just scheduled. Click ‘OK’.

Step 5 : The Booking with me page is loaded with the meeting just scheduled. You even have the option to re-schedule / cancel OR schedule a new meeting. A meeting invite is also sent to the organizer + to the Email provided in Step 2.

Note : You can anytime manage this meeting from your calendar / the email confirmation sent to your inbox.

Flow 2 : When you sign-in with a Microsoft account

Step 2 : The details - Name and Email are auto-populated and disabled. Enter “Notes” to add any custom message and click ‘Book’.

Step 3 : A meeting is scheduled, and an invite shared to the organizer + user’s Email.

Note : You can anytime manage this meeting from your calendar / the email confirmation sent to your inbox.

Bookings with me – Organizer View

To access the Bookings you have created,

Navigate to Outlook web view -> calendar -> “Edit bookings page” option in left panel.

All the public & private bookings created are listed here.