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Alyssa Danesh
Microsoft

New Group calendar web part rolling out now

The SharePoint team is excited to announce the new Group calendar web part! This web part will be added to the toolbox when creating team news articles and modern pages. We are rolling out to First Release customers now!

  • Note: only tenants that have First Release (FR) set to on for the entire tenant will see these features.
  • Per user first release flighting is not applicable when creating new content that could be seen/viewed by non FR enabled users. 

What are modern pages you ask?

“Modern team site pages are fast, easy to author and support rich multimedia content. And pages look great on any device, in a browser or from within the SharePoint app. Using pages is a great way to communicate and share your ideas—such as status and trip reports, how-to write-ups, know-before-you-go guides and frequently asked questions.” - from our blog post last year.

 

Group calendar

The Group calendar web part allows you to easily view the calendar of an existing modern group on a page. Just select the group you’d like to link, select the number of calendar events per page you’d like to show, and the web part will automatically populate the events.

 

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Easily switch between past and upcoming events, get more details about a specific event, and even download the event to add to your calendar.

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In the future, we will be listening to customer feedback and adding features! See our support documentation here.

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Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

It is good to see this new option but for those of us with a limited number of First Release users, it really is just advice of future functionality that presumably will go to GA for everyone at the same time.

What does this phrase mean, especially the underlined words: 'Per user first release flighting is not applicable when creating new content that could be seen/viewed by non FR enabled users.' Can we have that in normal English, please?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

In the past new content was usually released first to tenants with a first release setting to "selected users only", while "full tenant fr" had to wait a little longer.
In this case, they had to release it the other way around, because anyone could put this webpart on any modern page and all users would see it, even though the tenant is set to "fr for select users only".

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Great WebPart!!!!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Great news but you need to keep an eye on which features reach FR Entire Tenant or FR Selected Users first. There are bigger problems I know but Admins need to keep a watchlist nowadays ;-)

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Completely agree with John. For the uninitiated, it's difficult to keep up! I broached this topic is the recent admin AMA and got a useful response but for now (pre-Ignite), it can be frustrating keeping track of new features being flighted.

 

Back to the main point, great to see another web part being added and such a useful one as well.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Hi @Alyssa Danesh is there an update on rollout of this web part? Not seeing yet in FR and curious about progress. Thanks!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

We also haven't received this yet, we're first release.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Will this be SharePoint Online only?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

For now the answer is yes...as you know, we don't have SPFx OnPremises yet and we don't have details about what SPFx features we will have OnPremises when it arrives there

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Turned up today :-) and putting to good use already. Thanks!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

same here, now available.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Everyone in FR should have it by tonight!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Yes, SharePoint Online only.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Cool great webpart!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Thanks, Alyssa, we have it now, it's good to see!

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

The new Group calendar is a welcome addition to modern pages, especially so for sites that are Group-based.

Without wanting to detract from its usefulness, it only points to an Office 365 Group's calendar. It does not point to a non-Group-based site calendar.

A lot of our team sites are not Group-based (we've debated if they should or shouldn't and agreed on the latter for various reasons). Almost every one of those sites has at least one calendar.

Is there any chance that the same Group calendar web part will re-appear as a generic calendar web part that points to any calendar?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Hi Andrew,

I believe the Events web part already does this.

Andy.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Thanks Andrew

The Events calendar doesn't present information on the page from a site calendar as good as the new Groups calendar does; it does, of course, show Events nicely, but many of our site calendars have individual daily items like you see in standard Outlook (and now Group) calendars. See the screenshow for how our Leave Calendar looks like - what we really want to see is a list of items filtered for today, which is what we have done with SP2013.  

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Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

I see what you mean!

There's definitely a need at our end for improvements to the calendars. We're really like to see a modern calendar on the calendar page, as well as a calendar view web part, like we can have on classic pages.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Yep, can't wait for the monthly calendar view to be available in modern. As an organization that does Events mainly, this will be huge :)

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

I see! So each day you can see who's out - makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the feedback! 

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Has been a popular request! In the backlog :) 

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Thanks Alyssa, good to know

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

My supervisor is able to see the "Group Calendar" app in his list, but I still cannot. Would there be a reason why He can see and use it and I can't?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Strange, according to Alyssa post, this WebPart is being firstly rolled out to Office 365 tenants with First Release enabled to all the organization so you should see the WebPart too

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Maybe his account is set to First Release and Yours isnt? If hes already added it to a site along with adding a group to the calander, you should be able to see it on the page I would assume. Thats what I noticed by experience.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Turns out we have FR setup for specific users. He went in and set me up for FR and now it works. Thanks for your help.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

I alerted my boss about FR being setup on our account. He said we didn't have tenant, but we do have FR setup for specific users, so he added me to the list. And now all is well and Group Calendar is working for me. Thank you.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Sweet! I just got it not too long ago. Its handy to be on the lookout for new features and then you can test them before you roll them out to other users. I really like the new Modern Style of SharePoint so its a priority to get users on it asap.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Hi, there seems to be some issue with the web part. It is displaying incorrect time (one hour less than it should be) in the meetings that occur in the future eg. 17th of October. The time is shown correctly at the web part, in the meeting that is happening today. User and site timezone settings are ok, and the group calendar is displaying the meetings as they are. So it looks like the issue is within that new web part.

 

Any ideas what to do?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Can we use overlays with this?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

We are seeing the same thing but ours is 4 hours off.   We are Eastern time zone.  All timezone settings are accurate (both the sharepoint site and the calendar I'm sharing).  Also is showing all day events as a 24h long event, which therefore is wrapping from late the day before to the next day.  If I set the *sharepoint* site's timezone to 0:00 UTC it displays correctly (though still "midnight to midnight").  Please a) fix the timezone shift, and b) would love it if all day events just displayed as "all day"....

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Having the same problem, and have been unable to find a solution by tweaking the timezone in Regional Settings. Our group calendar primarily uses 'all day' events, and so displaying a time at all is a bit confusing (especially since an all day event that begins Monday, 10/2 is showing as beginning at 8:00pm on Sunday 10/1). As mentioned above, I'd also love to see a simple "all day" designation for those kinds of events.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

I also have an issue with the time displayed. It'ok OK in Outlook client and Web Access but off by 4 hours on the page.

 

I'm on the eastern timezone.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Hi - 

 

Thanks to everyone for reporting the date/time issue! We have a fixed and should be rolled out now. Please let me know if you still are experiencing this issue.

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Hi Martin - 

 

What do you mean by 'overlays'?

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Not fixed!  Didn't mention this before, but interestingly this is just an issue with all day events.  An actual timed event shows correctly.  But still getting the 4 hour shift on all day events, 8pm day before to 8pm day of....

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Not fixed, still 4 hours difference

 

 

Re: New Group calendar web part rolling out now

Looking into it... Thanks for your help! @David Sullo @Benoit Fournier