So I've been testing Teams for my organisation, and it seems that currently it is lacking, a lot. The team seems to be based on an Office365 group, this also has a calendar. What I need to do is to allow all team members to make use of this calendar.
I am not interested in having a tab in teams for the time being, as long as the calendar is accessible via Outlook.
However there is a really weird problem.
Accessing the calendar from the Mail section in Outlook. - Select the group in particular (from the Mail section) - Click on the Calendar button in the Home tab
- This opens a new Outlook Window and opens the group's calendar
Accessing the calendar from the Calendar section in Outlook. - Select the group in particular (from the Calendar section) - Right click and Add a shared calendar or add calendar from list - Search for the Group and add the calendar
- Strangely enough this loads someone else's calendar, it is full of events that has nothing to do with the group.
Also, is there a way to change the categories within the calendar so that all members would be able to add appointments while selecting these categories? Sharing the calendar from the OWA does not work, it just shares the default calendar (the user).
It's not a bug, it's a "feature" :) Joking aside, if you want a proper mailbox-like functionality, Groups/Teams are NOT the best choice. There are numerous limitations in the Calendar part, in working with "conversations", and Contacts are not even exposed. The list goes on and on, you get the idea.
But for some lightweight Calendaring, Groups/Teams should do fine. It all depends on your requirements of course.
Yep, discovered that the it is not a bug shortly after, and that it in fact shows the availability of the team.
It's really limited though, as you mentioned. You would expect basic features, like managing categories for the team's calendar, and/or giving the option to team members to add events. Otherwise what's the purpose of a team?
It is puzzling that with a tool as cool as Teams, the group calendar functionality is lacking greatly. The OWA and desktop functionality don't match (mainly categories), group calendars don't work on mobile devices, and it's just not very user friendly and intuitive from the Outlook desktop perspective. Just to mention a few cons.....I have people wanting to get some 3rd party group calendar app - NOOOOO!!!!! I don't understand how MS doesn't place value in getting this piece right as soon as possible. Frustrating.