Microsoft looks to ease the shift to hybrid work with its Places app

From ComputerWorld: As hybrid work arrangements become more common, it can be a challenge to get coworkers in the same place at the same time. With that in mind, Microsoft hopes to make it easier to coordinate in-person collaboration with the launch of Places, an app with features to help plan the time employees spend in the office.

“Microsoft Places seems well-suited to help organizations address the challenges involved in supporting a hybrid workplace,” said Raúl Castañón, senior research analyst at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. The transition to a hybrid work model has involved more than a reduction in office footprint, he said, resulting in a shift of the physical office to a “collaborative, flexible space,” with fluctuating occupancy.

With Places, workers can set their own proposed location schedule and display it for others to see. The information can be set using the Places app itself or in Outlook Calendar. They can to also view the schedules for colleagues and managers, while managers can specifycertain days when staffers are expected to be in the office.

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