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Enable Out of Office Replies

If you want your company to be able to take advantage of automatic out-of-office replies in Outlook, then the Microsoft Outlook out of office reply feature needs to be enabled in absentify. Keep reading to learn how to do this.

How it works:

Enabling this feature, allows your staff to set up an automatic message in Outlook that will also be displayed in Microsoft Teams to notify other staff members when someone is out of the office.

Users can configure a template for each leave type individually, which is then automatically set up for the duration of their leave.

Please note, if for some reason the out of office reply is undeliverable, the user will get an email notifying them to insert it manually in Outlook. Admins are also notified in this event.

Let's get started

To enable this feature, navigate to Settings > Microsoft and enable the "Outlook out of office reply (Beta)" setting. This is a global setting, so you need Microsoft Tenant Admin rights to enable this.

We use the Microsoft Graph API with the Mail.ReadWrite permission on the entire tenant. We do not store any data or load any information from the users' mailboxes. We only use permission to set the out-of-office notification.

Once this is enabled, employees will be able to set up their own templates and customize their message.

There are placeholders available for them to use so that they can customize the message to their needs. To learn more about this feature, check out our Create out-of-office replies guide.

This is a great way to make sure that everyone in the company is aware of when someone is out of the office, and it can help to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings.

If you have any questions about this feature, please don't hesitate to contact us here. Our team is always happy to help!

Updated on: 22/09/2023

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