Many consumer calendar applications support adding an icon or charm to meetings and displays it in the subject line. While it is more of a consumer feature (Outlook.com's calendar has supported charms for quite a while), this feature came to Outlook on the web (aka OWA) late last fall.
To add a charm to an appointment in OWA, open the appointment in a full size or new window (click More Details in the popup window) then click Charms in the banner and select one of the icons. At this time the icon choices are limited to 34 gray icons.
Outlook desktop and Outlook iOS app won't display these charms and editing the appointment in Outlook won't remove the charm.
If you want to add symbols to your appointment subjects in Outlook, you can type the character's shortcut code in the subject line or copy symbols from the Symbol dialog and paste them in the subject line. (To add symbols to appointments in Outlook on the web, use copy and paste.)
Many of the symbols added from Outlook will display on the appointment in OWA (in black and white) and as colorful emoji on smartphones, as seen in this screenshot showing the appointments in Outlook desktop, Outlook app on the iPhone, and in Outlook on the web (OWA). When a symbol is not supported, it displays as a box.
Important note: When you're pasting symbols, you need to use characters in standard fonts (like Arial or Segoe), not symbol fonts such as Windings.
To use the shortcut to insert the symbol, type the shortcut code in the subject field then press Alt+X. Where can you find the shortcut codes? Windows Character Map, the Symbol dialog in Outlook, or look the code up at Miscellaneous Symbols (Wikipedia).
Enter numbers by typing in the number row, not the numeric keypad. Letters are NOT case-sensitive.
Once you commit the shortcuts for your favorite symbols to memory, adding them to the subject line is simple. You can start with these icons:
Musical notes: ♪ 266A and ♫ 266B
Hearts: ♥ 2665
Hot Springs: ♨ 2668
Scissors ✀ 2700 to ✄ 2704 (2700 is not supported on iOS)
Airplane: ✈ 2708.
Don't forgot to type Alt+X after typing the character code!
Using Outlook's Symbol dialog
Switch to the Insert tab, select Symbol then More Symbols. (The cursor needs to be in the body field in Outlook.)
Jump to a character subset by selecting a subset from the Subset menu in the upper right. Select the character to get the code then type it in the subject, or click Insert to insert it into the document or Outlook item's body, then copy and paste into the Subject field.
Note: You can create autocorrect entries from the Symbols dialog but cannot use autocorrect in the subject field.
Using Windows Character Map
Type char on the Start screen or Search field on the Start menu to find the character map utility. You can also type charmap in the Run dialog. When the Character Map opens, click Advanced View then select Group By: Unicode Subrange. Select a group to view only those characters on the screen. Select characters to learn the shortcut code or double click to add them to the copy box then click Copy to copy the icons to the clipboard.