Family calendar iPhone
I had previously manually created a “family calendar” that I shared and was therefore visible on outlook web, app and iOS calendar app. The latest update seems to have absorbed my manually created “family calendar” items into the new “my family” shared calendar which I do not recall being ask d permission for, however this new “my family” calendar is not visible in iOS calendar. Please resolve ASAP as not everyone uses the outlook app.
Jerry Jinfeng Guo commented
I have been using FamilyCalendar for quite some time and grow to depend on it. Please undo this change and re-introduce the Group feature separately.
I share the chat conversation with MSFT Support - how useless is this..... Its not just impacting IOS but Outlook Mac.
Thank you for patiently waiting, R. I did review this particular feature and found out that the previous option which you were referring was about a calendar but there were some changes to the account from the Outlook.com server which moved the calendar known as 'Family' to 'Groups', which is a new feature introduced in Outlook.com.
Due to this change, Outlook for Mac which does not support 'Groups' in Calendar is not able to display that calendar on Outlook. The reason you were previously able to see it was due to that 'Calendar' was a simple shared calendar but was changed from the server end when the new feature was introduced.
Having said that, the option to view the Outlook.com groups is coming up in 'New Outlook' which is currently available for users with Insider Fast/Slow version of Outlook. This option will be available soon for users with production build too. I would request you to wait for this feature to be introduced in the production build.
Hope this answers your question. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you.
so, if i understand you answer correctly. You (MSFT) have made changes by moving my family calendar into Groups. But I cant see Groups because its not available for Outlook? fantastic. Well done MSFT. And your advice is wait for this feature to be introduced. Brilliant…. and in the mean time, my family and I can not see the calendar. Excellent advice. Thanks, but that is really really poor both in technology and advice.
this is a design change of the account on the server. This feature is available with Insider version of Outlook which supports
Office365 /Outlook.com and Google accounts only. The 'New Outlook' is yet to support IMAP accounts. That was the reason, I did not suggest moving to the Insider version. This option would be available soon to all users in Outlook. As a workaround, you should still be able to use the feature in the web interface of Outlook.com.
What has IMAP got to do with this? The change was within my Outlook account where I could HAPPILY see and use My Family calendar - a feature within Outlook. This calendar could be shared and seen across devices and platforms. You make a change and now I cannot see the Outlook calendar "within" Outlook MAC or IOS? Why make the change till the “New Outlook” is available?
What you appear to be suggesting is the only way to now see my Outlook Family Calendar is to login to the Outlook Web every time?? How restrictive and useless in planning and design is that…
Since last modification, in which family calendar has became a My Family group, similar to an Office 365 group, this calendar is no longer accessible from IOS calendar app. It is a pitty, as outlook app is not as handy as IOS native app
Ed Coleridge commented
Support told me the non availability of the family calendar outside of the Web and apps is deliberate by design.
It isn't available in the desktop version of outlook, or even in the native windows 10 app. The family calendar won't show in ios or Android native calendar apps This is rediculous and unacceptable.
Microsoft changed the family calendar and some one forgot to test the use case of testing on iOS calendar. Or may be another way for Microsoft to force use of Outlook app but what MS product manager forgetting is the use case where people has Microsoft at work and they like to keep work life separate from personal and this is where outlook app is not useful.