Online Scheduling software
Updated: January 19, 2021
2020. Undock raises $1.6M to make group meeting scheduling easier
Over the past decade, many startups have tried (and many have failed) to rethink the way we schedule our meetings and calls. But we seem to be in a calendrical renaissance, with incumbents like Google and Outlook getting smarter and smarter and newcomers like Calendly growing significantly. Startup Undock, which is also looking to enter the space, has recently closed a $1.6 million seed round. Undock is a Chrome extension that allows users to seamlessly see mutual availability across a group, whether or not all users in the group have Undock, all from within their email.
2019. Workforce management solution Quinyx raises $25M
Quinyx, the cloud-based workforce management solution, has raised a further $25 million in funding. The company’s workforce management software helps businesses of all sizes manage employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration. Quinyx’s core focus is shift-based or ‘flexible’ workers, including but not limited to those operating in the fast-food industry. Clients include McDonald’s, London City Airport, Burger King, Rituals, Swarovski, IHG, and Boots. I’m told that more recent wins include Daniel Wellington, and Odeon Cinemas Group. The software’s feature-set includes scheduling, shift planning and swapping, timesheet functionality via workers checking in using Quinyx’s mobile apps, and budget forecasting.
2018. Zoho People 4.0 adds employee services portal
Zoho unveiled new version of its online HR management system Zoho People 4.0 with a new look and a host of improvements. Zoho People 4.0 introduces Services to provide employees and HR a straightforward way to manage important actions. From creating forms to adding workflows and automating them with the right permissions and approval criteria, admins can take charge of the components of the service from end to end. Include important information about these Services in the form of FAQs or additional company documents. The new Zoho People’s section Cases is a query-management tool that lets employees get their questions answered directly, while providing HR with an easy way to sort queries without sending emails back and forth or relying on multiple other channels. Besides the new version features a deeper level of customization for leave policies, advanced analytics, redesigned Self-service section and Job scheduling.
2018. Basecamp adds recurring events and image galleries
Project management service Basecamp added several new features. The first is Recurring events. You can add daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly repeating events to your Basecamp 3 schedule. You can choose to continue those repeating events until a certain date, or forever. The second new feature is Image galleries. You can put your images in a side-by-side gallery or even three-in-a-row, making it easier than ever to display your work or share photos. And the third is Automatic Check-ins. It is a simple, relaxed tool we use a lot to keep up with one another. The whole company gets asked things like: What did you do this weekend? What have you worked on? Small teams like Support get asked questions like: What was a common issue that you saw this week?
2018. G Suite apps and Google Calendar are getting Gmail’s side panels
One of the best features of the new Gmail is its quick-access side panel with easy access to Google Calendar, Tasks, Keep and your Gmail extensions. Now, Google is bringing this same functionality to Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings, too. In Google Calendar, you’ll be able to quickly access Keep and Tasks, while in the rest of the G Suite apps, you’ll get easy access to Calendar, Keep and Tasks. Paying G Suite subscribers on the rapid release schedule should get access now, with those on the slower release schedule getting access in two weeks.
2017. Microsoft launched StaffHub - a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers
Microsoft unveiled the new addition to its Office 365 suite - application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. Managers, who may have access to desktop or laptop computers, may use the web version of StaffHub to create the staff schedules in the program, but employees will likely only use StaffHub from their mobile phones. Staff can swap shifts with other workers in the mobile app and request time off — requests that get routed to a manager for approval. Push notifications are used to alert users of these requests and approvals along with other updates, private notes, chats and more. Plus, the app can be used for sharing notifications and internal resources. The software is available for free in Office 365 commercial plans.
2016. Mobile Outlook gets built-in meeting scheduler
Mobile Outlook now has a new scheduling assistant that helps you find a time that works for everyone. The feature, which is rolling out today to the iOS version of Outlook’s mobile app, will show your coworkers’ availability so you can quickly pick a date and time when everyone can attend the meeting. To use the new scheduling assistant, you’ll first create an event from the app’s included calendar, then add the coworkers to the People field. You then tap on the date picker, and the app will automatically show you the times that work best, as color-coded suggestions.
2015. Microsoft's mobile calendar Sunrise makes scheduling meetings easier
Mobile calendar app Sunrise, recently acquired by Microsoft, has unveiled a new feature called Meet - a third-party keyboard for both Android and iOS that lets you pick time slots and send them to someone without ever leaving your current app. Here’s how it works. Let’s say you are reading an email and someone wants to meet you. You hit reply, type your response and then switch to the Sunrise keyboard. You pick time slots that work for you in your calendar, and hit done. Sunrise will generate a link and add it to your email. And it works exactly the same way in your favorite messaging app or in any other app. When your recipient taps on this link, there are two different scenarios. If you are using Sunrise, this link opens Sunrise and shows you meeting suggestions inside your calendar. You can confirm or suggest another time.