Office 365 adds Shared Calendars feature to mobile and desktop

Kareem Anderson

The users spoke, and the Office team finally listened. In what seemed like an optimization update to the Office Mobile apps, the Office team snuck in a new Shared Calendars options.

The new Shared Calendars feature is currently rolling out to Office 365 subscribers using Outlook apps on Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10, Android, and iOS platforms.

Now, with Share Calendars, users can seamlessly coordinate meetings, presentations, and travel schedules among employees in the office, and with others using Office 365 outside of the company.

User note: To get the new experience, you need to share from Outlook on the web, and the receiver also needs to accept from Outlook on the web. Once you do that, you will see the shared calendar on all applications except Outlook on Mac. Microsoft is working on allowing users to share from and accept from all Outlook applications (coming over the next few months) and also so that shared calendars sync to Outlook on Mac as well.

If you have an existing relationship, you need to reshare to get the improvements – though Microsoft will eventually be upgrading all existing relationships.

The new update comes after months of user feedback pleading for the collaborative options found in competing productivity software. With over 11,000 upvotes Shared Calendars was something that many Office users were looking forward to for some time.

Check your Office settings to see if your software has been enabled.