How to use the Internet Free/Busy feature in Outlook 2003

How to use the Internet Free/Busy feature in Outlook 2003

Internet Free/Busy (IFB) is a feature in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 that allows you to see when others are free or busy so that you can efficiently schedule meetings. Outlook 2003 users have the option to publish their free/busy information to a user-specified URL file server. You can share this URL file server with all users, or you can limit it to a specific set of users.

How to publish free/busy information to the Internet.

  1. Click on the Tools menu.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click on the Preferences tab.
  4. Click Calendar Options.
  5. ClickFree/Busy Options.
  6. Click OK three times to close all dialog boxes.

How to set the free/busy search path for a specific contact.

  1. In the navigation pane, click Contacts.
  2. Double-click an entry to open a contact.
  3. Click the Details tab.
  4. Under the text that reads Internet Free-Busy, type the fully qualified path of the location that you want to search for this Contact's free/busy information in the Address box.
    You can use any valid URL format, such as: http://..., file://\\..., or ftp://....

The following is an example of a valid format:


Internet free/busy information appears on the Scheduling tab of appointments and meetings.

By default, Outlook publishes and retrieves free/busy information every 15 minutes.

To update the free/busy information immediately, click Send And Receive on the Tools menu, and then click Free/Busy Information. 

Additional Comments

This feature is not supported. This is an Outlook Only Feature.  We are providing Step by Step procedure for setting this up