Support non-Office365/Exchange group calendars in Teams
Support other group calendars like the free one supplied in Outlook.com (which sadly today only support family connected accounts, meaning Microsoft needs to open up the Outlook.com calendar to people outside the family). Support Google Calendar and other common options too.
For small private groups/clubs and other non-profits (sports, crafts, gaming etc) where it is not feasable or realistic to pay licensing fees for everyone to use Office365 to get a group calendar - a private group calendar alternative is needed. Asking a small private sport club without membership fees to buy Office365 to see a practice schedule is too much and will not work.
In this use case you will unlikely convert them to Office365 so support for common working free group calendars is needed. Keep Exchange behind the paywall, but add support for free group calendars in the free option of Microsoft Teams.
Not having a group calendar is probably the biggest adoption barrier for small non-company, non-profit user groups (30-50 people) who want to use Teams to organize and book meetups.
Hope this can be implmented fast. Thanks.
@MattLive - Great! Thanks for sharing!!
Looks like Outlook.com will get a group and group calendar functionality (not only family calendar like it is now). Hope this means it will be easier to implement a free calendar option in Teams!
Microsoft is more open to connected services these days, they understand that it serves their own products if they serve more platform agnostic user cases. Closed eco systems does not work well in collaborative environments and stifles adoption rates for broad collaboration platforms.
I agree services like Google Calendar and Googles Cloud in services in general should have great integration due to large user base in the free non-corporate arena.
Question is if it works with Microsofts paywall puzzle and find a business case for users who only can use the free version of Microsoft Teams. I really hope it does.
Don't forget to upvote this suggestion, they are working on Office365 group calendar implementation right now but it is not impossible to see Outlook.com calendar support soon (and hopefully Gmail/Google calendar too).
I'm curious whether you can just add the Google Calendar link as one of the tabs in Microsoft Teams. Then, with your fellow colleagues you can keep the Calendar up to date in the tab.
I would doubt Microsoft support the Google Calendar as they are competitors :).
Just an idea - I've not tried this at all.