Please fix the display of free/busy-permission shared calendars in Outlook
This has been a source of annoyance since I started using Office for Mac 2011 in 2010 – almost five years!
This is the relevant support document: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2876443
This needs to be fixed. How on earth can you justify a "scheduling assistant" that is unable to view a calendar's free/busy status? My clients can use an outside service (Calendly, very helpful, and actually can see the status of these exact calendars), but other individuals in my organization cannot?
This is an atrocious omission, and one that Outlook has apparently been willfully ignoring for over a decade if the timeline of this post is any indication.
It is absolutely ridiculous that after over a decade, Mac users still have to forgo privacy and grant people Reviewer permissions to view calendars. You allow Free/Busy in OWA and through the cumbersome scheduling assistant in Outlook for Mac, but have refused to allow it in the main calendar view. Pathetic attempt to deprive Mac users of an essential feature for an enterprise email tool.
Still here... waiting for a solution...
Jan de Boer commented
Please solve this problem. So no normal working is possible.
Please fix this. We have users, which are both Doctors as well as Developers who rely on having the ability to see free/busy times in calendar view.
Please join the twitter thread here:
Still an issue...
We need to view “Free/Busy” times of a shared calendar in Outlook for Mac and not restricting viewing to only if a user shares full details of their calendar.
Steve Minar commented
So hard to believe this is still an issue.
I was led to believe that the dev team had to at least take a look at 100 votes.
This is a really straightforward usability issue that makes one wonder if usability testing is taking place.
Calendaring and Contacts are fundamental building blocks of all businesses and yet we still find ourselves with crazy bugs and limitations.
Please put this on the priority list.
Please escalate as this really inconvenient for our teams.
I'm constantly disappointed that Microsoft are still treating Mac users as second-class citizens and are not able to realise the impact of issues such as this one on large organisations that use a mixture of Windows and Mac machines. In an era where privacy and data protection are such hot topics, it's scandalous that Microsoft are forcing us to choose full Read Access (Reviewer) or higher before we can see standard (and default) free/busy data. Appalling.
What is extra frustrating is that a Mac user will get a permission has changed email and will not be able to access a "free/busy only" calendar shared by another user. If the sharer does not want to show details, it makes the calendar impossible to share with a Mac user - forcing the Mac user to use OWA. Is the design "flaw" so significant that a workaround can't be developed. To me, it looks to be something with the "Folder Visible" flag not being set/retained.
fix this - I can't believe that this is still happening in 2018!
Same $$$ same features!! Why does Microsoft discriminate against MAC users!
Timo Luukkonen commented
How is this issue not more talked about? This is a major problem in mixed client enviroments (which most are nowdays).
The real reason is probably just basic MS tactics, trying to cripple other platforms.
With the current voting System this Issue will never be fixed. We have to go at Microsoft through our Business Contacts. Please go to your TAM / AC / Account Manager and make as much noise as you can. This will be the only way Microsoft will take action regarding this Issue.
The Problem is, we as IT Staff get all the heat from our Users/Companies/Customers and Microsoft will get one angry comment in this feedback-forum. In my Case this one voice is representing 4k Users. And this Problem only affects Companies. We can complain as much as we want, we are just not recognized with this Voting-System as a lot of affected End-Users.
Andreas Ainöder commented
I cannot believe that there are major differences! MS: can you imagine that this costs us money? We (professional IT consultancy) had issues setting up a clients calendar with a mixed setup (PC/Mac)?
Fix it! The issue still exists in 2016 version!