Support for Apple iCloud calendar
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One alternative is to subscribe to iCloud calendar with your Exchange/O365 email accounts or any Outlook account, and then sync the same accounts in Outlook for Mac. See details:
Outlook is a must for my organisation and lack of syncing mechanism for iPhone Calendar is poorly decided and get off your high horse that Apple's applications are better than Microsoft applications. Syncing calendar is essential for time-management, customer relations and improve efficiency. Following Nike's slogan... Just Do It.
-> 8.200 user votes here
-> 4.620 user votes here: https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/18941932-support-for-apple-icloud-contacts?page=12&per_page=20
-> 1.310 user votes here: https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/18941905-support-for-apple-icloud-calendar
-> 190 user votes here: https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/33199192-sync-contacts-calendar-and-notes-for-mac-with-out
More than 14.000 user votes for Card-/CalDAV !
Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, wrote on July 22, 2015:
"... We’ve also heard the requests for Gmail and iCloud calendar and contacts sync. We’ll be adding these and other feature requests through monthly updates. ..."
(Point 8 of "Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 for Mac answered")
Nothing happened over more than 3 (!) years.
Is there anybody taking care of either user requests or Vice President directions?
It is 2019. The UK is about to leave the EU. A NASA probe is going to take pictures of the furthest object to orbit the Sun in the Solar System. Cars can drive themselves. Yet Mac Outlook still can't read the ubiquitous calendar format that is CalDAV or properly use iCloud calendars. Nevertheless you are spending your time on putting new icons in. Are you actually for real guys ????? Is there a huge technical reason why Mac Outlook is the only Mac email client on the planet that doesn't sync properly with iCloud email ???? You responded in 2018 9 months ago that this is under review. What's to review ? Just do it. It feels like Mac Outlook is the last vestige of the old Ballmer Microsoft.
Using a public iCloud calendar link is NOT an acceptable workaround. Sorry
The screenshot in your alternative shows the subscribed calendar as being read only. That is not the same as having support for iCloud.
You should do this for two reasons:
1) CalDAV is a basic standard. It's ridiculous for an expensive (PAID - not FREE) email client to not support it.
2) It is perfectly reasonable for someone to want to see their personal calendar while at work so that they don't accidentally book meetings or travel when they have other personal events going on. This isn't an edge case.
Mike Boris commented
The way outlook and apple contacts do not sync together is absolutely crazy and short sighted. As a small business owner i look to software to work easily and properly so i can focus on my business. I need a too that works, niot one that cost me extra money in IT support.
Can't get it to work!
Clear Litserv commented
Nothing new. Nothing happened over 3 (!) years.
More than 8.000 user votes here.
Plus the 4.500 user votes on Apple Contacts (https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/18941932-support-for-apple-icloud-contacts?page=12&per_page=20)
Plus 1.200 user votes on CarDAV (https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/32252851-i-suggest-you-add-caldav-support-to-outlook-for-ma)
Plus almost 200 user votes for Sync contacts/calendar/notes with Outlook for Mac (https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/293343-outlook-for-mac/suggestions/33199192-sync-contacts-calendar-and-notes-for-mac-with-out)
We're talking about 14.000 user votes addressing almost the same issue! Cal-/CardDAV...
Marcus Hirt commented
Everyone who is voting for this should instead (or also) vote for proper CalDAV support:
Craig Lowenthal commented
Please allow us to sync iCloud Calendar in Outlook 2019 for Mac!!!
Please sync calendar and contacts for Mac. It is hard to justify paying for software that only half works. Come on!
+1. ... should I stay or should I go??
Please synch calendar and contacts on outlook for mac. It's a must!
it is important to access the universal iCloud calendar,
please synch calendar on oulook for mac. It's a must!
I thought no iCal support would be an old thread when i tried to add a calendar to Outlook 2016.
Come on! After all these years Outlook is still a second class citizen on a Mac
Ty Shane commented
I have done my decision. Don‘t use this app any more. And our company (enterprise company) plans to follow my recommendation to cancel this user unfriendly development.
Seriously MicroSoft - it's called Outlook for Mac - Outlook that works on a Mac - perhaps it is implied that Mac users will have IMAP accounts, so maybe the Minimum Viable Product to be built with make those accounts talk to Outlook - MVP! We now have to vote for the least we expect.
Yeah Jeff Tillery...it’s read only, same with Google Calendar. MS is one step further integrating Google with Outlook but it’s still not quite there... I hope they don’t end up having the same “kinda compatible” approach with iCloud...although any progress at all would be nice I guess:/
Current sitch with Google/Mac Outlook...
-syncs between Google Cal-Outlook-Mac-IOS, but does not instantly update on IOS (takes a few to several minutes)
-cannot copy/paste in either direction between Outlook and Google (without a G Suite account [& Windows?])
-can cut/paste (move) from Google Cal to Outlook, but not from Outlook to Google
...so the only way to get all your calendar events into gCal is to; export the OLM file, convert it to PST or ICS, then import to gCal (I think?)
-you will no longer have categories or generic colors (neither sync between Outlook-Google)
-can view on Outlook 365 Web but not edit (one-way read-only)
-quick back-to-back changes in Outlook are not handled well...often rejected and require a 2nd attempt
-having gCal in Outlook also adds another mail folder, meaning two duplicate (but not identical) gmail folders if you’re already using gmail in Outlook
...might be worth syncing from Google to iCloud (Google to sync with Outlook on Mac, Google to sync with IOS via iCloud) in order to speed up the IOS sync, but two layers of syncing is asking for trouble
please add this functionality, huge miss by MS - eliminates my use of Outlook - which would be a huge advancement over the Mac Mail/Calendar/Contacts apps