Concur is collaborating with Microsoft Office developers to create a seamless process for business professionals to manage their travel booking and expenses right from their Outlook Inbox.
Concur´s travel booking and expense tools are now available as a prototype version inside Office 365. and can be used to navigate expense reports and plan travel within the productivity suite.
The company has shared a detailed overview of Concur´s Office 365 integration on its website.
One nifty feature of the Concur tools is the ability to submit expenses directly from the Outlook Inbox. Travel receipts received will be automatically extracted and tagged accordingly and users need only click the “Send to Concur” button to submit a Concur Expense Report.
Concur will also have an intelligent travel booking feature which checks the user’s Outlook Calendar for business trips and provide users with options to book their trip right from Outlook.
“The business traveler will have the option to book flight, hotel, and transportation for that city. Even better, Concur will read the trip dates and suggest options based on company travel policy,” writes Barry Padget, Chief Product Officer for Concur.
The feature is currently in prototype and, according to WinBeta, Microsoft is planning to incorporate it into the Office 365 platform by Autumn 2016. Given the current user base of 70 million business professionals of Office 365, the collaboration will be surely a boost for Concur which currently has 40 million subscribers.
States Padget, “It’s all part of our goal to meet business travelers where they are. We’re continually in the process of collaborating with partners, building unique concepts and rapid prototyping of new ideas.”