– Microsoft’s AI-based scheduling assistant

By chance, so to speak, my colleague and I stumbled across the Microsoft Research Project

You are going to ask yourself now – what is “ is a service that allows people to delegate their scheduling tasks to their own virtual scheduling assistant.

In other words, once you’ve registered with your Office 365 account, Cortana will take care of the scheduling – if you want. To make this possible, it is sufficient to set Cortana “[email protected]” to CC in an appointment request.

How it works

This can be done in two different ways: On the one hand by writing in the mail text when and where you want to discuss how long and where with the person:

  • specify the length of the meeting (e.g. “let’s make this one 90 minutes”)
  • timing (e.g. “sometime next week”)
  • location (“make this a Skype meeting”)

It is also possible to set presets to Then these will be selected automatically. I also recommend to adjust the working hours on the website so that no appointments take place at unwanted times. Please check out the FAQ for more information.

I added some screenshots from the Microsoft blog post and a short how-to setup

Follow three easy steps to ‘hire’ your very own personal assistant:
  1. Register at using your Office 365 address
  2. Use the following code to get early access: IceCreamCake or CupcakeFrosting
  3. Add [email protected] in Cc. Cortana will start looking for keywords in order to set up an appointment.

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Other invitation code: MSPartner

Author: Patrick Riedl

I am Patrick Riedl, and as you can see I am totally Microsoft enthusiastic. Through my work as a Cloud Architect and my background in IT- & information-security, I always try to be ahead of times. With this blog & podcast I hope to give back some knowledge and learning to the online community. I am always looking forward to feedback.

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