Thanks to everyone who volunteered for testing the Office 365 group calendar. The TAP team will be reaching out as we are closer to being ready.
Looks like Outlook.com now has group calendar (it is a free email and calendar group function)! And it works! :)
Hope this means it will be easy to implement a free Outlook.com option in Microsoft Teams and not only a Office 365 group calendar option (small privat non-profits groups, sports, arts, gaming etc for 30-50 people have no membership fees so members cannot use Office 365).
Please upvote the free Outlook.com calendar option here:
Come on, when you are at it, support free group calendar options in Teams too (like the calendar in Outlook.com, now it is locked to families only).
It is not feasable in every scenario for everyone to buy a 365 license, for instance this is applicable for small sports team, crafts group, gaming or book club etc. A free Outlook.com group calendar is a more realistic option to publish a meetup or practice schedule. WIth tenant switching coming this fall, a working free group calendar would finally make Teams an option for having a private tenant use case for Teams in after work scenarios. It would of course be helpful if Microsoft supported Google Calendars as a free option too.
Please upvote the suggestion for a free group calendar option in Teams here:
Please support other calendars like the free one in Outlook.com (which sadly today only support a family calendar) - or even support Google Calendar. For small private groups/club (sports, gaming etc) where it is not feasable or realistic to pay licensing fees for everyone to use office365 to get a group calendar (no membership fees) - a private group calendar alternative is needed.
Keep Exchange behind the paywall but support some free group calendar option if you want to increase the adoption for teams. Not having a calendar is probably the biggest adoption barrier for small non-company user groups
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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).MattLive shared this idea ·