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Due to increasingly busy offices, forever shrinking budgets and flexible working patterns, meeting room and resource booking are quickly becoming business critical tasks for organizations of every size.
As a Microsoft Outlook or Office 365 user, it's important that your room and resource booking system works with Microsoft Outlook and Exchange. But how do you get the benefits of a smooth interface built into Outlook without the danger of double bookings and missing appointments?
Some resource booking tools, including most cloud based solutions, use add-ins or plugins to synchronize the bookings you make in their system back into your Microsoft Outlook calendar. This reduces the stability of the product and increases the chances of double bookings or even disappearing appointments if there is an outage or problem on your network. Additionally your booking data is at risk of being locked into a legacy system which might not support future upgrades to your Microsoft environment.
Resource Central truly integrates with Office 365, Microsoft Outlook and Exchange using Microsoft's own standards and uses the Microsoft Exchange calendars as its primary data source. This means that room and desk availability is updated in real time and is always accurate and available to staff - regardless of outages or upgrades to your Microsoft environment.