Office 365 (iOS 6) - Respond to Invitations

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The following document explains how to respond to an event invitation using the iOS 6 Calendar app (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch).

If you have been invited to a meeting and you have enabled Invite Alerts in the iPhone Settings, when you next open iPhone Calendar after the invite has been received on the iPhone, a pop-up alert will appear saying "Invitation from " with the date and time of the meeting.

In the iPhone Calendar application an Invitations button at the bottom-right of the iPhone Calendar display will be modified to indicate the number of invitations iPhone Calendar has received. No current invitations are indicated by a non-modified image (it is a "InTray" icon). If there are unviewed invitations, the number of unviewed invitations will show in a red circle superimposed on this Invitations button. Once you view an invitation, regardless of your response, this button will no longer show invitations.

On the calendar display events with invitations to which you have not responded with either Accept or Decline appear colored gray.

When you Accept a meeting invitation, the event stays in the calendar to which it belongs and iPhone Calendar displays it in the appropriate color. When you respond Maybe to an invitation, it is removed from the Invitations list but remains gray-colored in iPhone Calendar's display to indicate its pending status. See "Tap on Gray-Colored Event" below to see how to change your response status after you have selected Maybe as a response to an invitation. When you Decline a meeting invitation, the event disappears completely. iPhone Calendar provides no mechanism to retrieve or view declined events. Once they are declined they are 'gone' and cannot be seen again on the iPhone. Acting with appropriate caution is advised.

You can respond to invitations in several ways:

Use the Meeting Invitation Notification display

Use the Invitation button:

Tap on a gray-colored event