Almost a year ago, on August 17, 2014, we released the ScheduleOnce connector for Outlook as a private beta program. A few weeks later, we came across the following tweet:
— Paul Sweeney (@PaulSweeney) October 14, 2014
Paul Sweeney is right. Integration with Outlook has killed many companies. We knew we were taking a risk, and that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. However, as a company aiming for market leadership, we felt we could not ignore this important platform.
The private beta program lasted seven weeks, involving more than 500 users who helped us fine-tune the connector with their essential feedback.
On October 11, 2014, we ended the private beta program and released the connector as a public beta product. During this time, we continued improving the connector and adapting it to a wide range of corporate networks, firewalls, and security settings.
Today, we feel confident that the connector is ready to graduate from its public beta status and be labeled as a generally available product. We know it has taken us quite a while to get to this point. We took our time and have invested a huge amount of effort in the connector. This investment has paid off. ScheduleOnce is now the only scheduling vendor with a professional Outlook connector syncing in real time.
The Outlook connector is an exciting achievement, but we are not stopping there. Next month, we will be releasing two more important calendar integrations: Office 365 Calendar and iCloud Calendar. At that point, we will be integrating out of the box with all major calendar platforms: Outlook, Office 365, Google Calendar, and iCloud. We will continue to push the envelope in order to advance our product to its fullest potential.
Watch the Outlook integration video