directly support caldav and carddav for calendar and contacts.
open standards for caldav accounts and carddav accounts should be supported.
In today's world, having various accounts on different platforms (Apple, Google, Microsoft), more and more people are in need of syncing calendars and contacts between various devices (web, desktop, mobile). The Outlook apps offer an integrated suite for mail, contacts, calendars and tasks. It is a huge missed opportunity to not allow seamless syncing of data.
Our team uses O365, Teams and desktop versions Outlook for Mac. Our clients often use Google. And most people use their personal iCloud environment to store their tasks and meetings. All have LinkedIn, some have Twitter, Facebook or other social media accounts. They all struggle with integrating these various sources for calendar and contact data. It is, to say the least, weird that the Apple Contacts can not be accessed/shared/synced with Outlook for Mac on the same system. It is also weird that Outlook on iOS may access all contacts, but Outlook for Mac can't access the same contacts.
David J. Pogoff commented
When an application like Outlook is available for various platforms, more specifically, macOS and iOS, it goes without saying that keeping calendars and contacts in sync across, for example, one's Mac, iPhone, and iPad, is expected as a given.
macOS users who want to see whether third-party applications offer any advantages over native applications are likely to have been using native applications to the fullest. This implies that they are keeping their platforms in sync via iCloud because it's the easiest way to implement synchronization.
Upon installing Outlook on both my Mac and iPhone, and cannot even get as far as setting a calendar to be a client of my iCloud calendar (without the kludge described in one of your help articles), using Outlook on my Apple platforms is no longer viable.
When Microsoft releases Office for macOS, it must be done in good faith. This requires that it operate easily and cleanly within the framework fundamental to macOS. If Microsoft is not wiling to release applications for macOS that comply with the fundamentals of macOS' infrastructure, then don't release them. When you do, it creates far too much frustration and, for some, anger.
As software developers and those with expertise in the fundamentals of operating systems, do things in a way that reflects your expertise. Otherwise, too many users will conclude that either you do not care about doing things right or you do not have the expertise required for your role at Microsoft.
I'm eager to receive your response. Thank you.
Tim Davis commented
I know this is a bit deprecated, but carddav and caldav support in Outlook on mac would be very helpful. Currently I am dealing with a large number of clients who use opensource email servers. And these servers have supported CardDav and Caldav as standard. Instead of having them switch mail clients I would like to have them continue to use Outllook for mac. I would like a some direct support for CalDav and Carddav in outlook.
Jeff Tillery commented
I agree, outlook is useless to me without CalDav