Free/busy permission on shared calendars for Mac.
Outlook for Mac needs edit permissions to view shared (and resource) calendars. It should be possible to share calendar with Mac users with only "view free/busy" rights. Like it is with PC version of Outlook.
This should be posted in the Outlook User Voice. We are investigating how to move this. The link is here: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/273494-outlook-and-calendar
Lo and behold! Just in time for holiday season: https://www.microsoft.com/nb-no/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&filters=&searchterms=26356
Jonny Hatch commented
Please make this a reality! Such a huge headache.
Is this the same reason why, tentative meetings show in public calendars in Outlook for windows but not for Outlook for Mac. Scenario is a meeting invite is sent to a public calendar and it shows in the calendar when viewed from Outlook 2016 but not in Outlook for Mac
I must add that finding and confirming that this is a bug from Microsoft was itself a headache. Nobody would imagine such a core feature could be ignored so long so blatantly by the dev team!
Same bothering issue here! It's especially annoying because users expect a certain behavior, which is all but straightforward (give access to free/busy, see free/busy), and it simply doesn't work. I honestly don't understand why this issue has not been fixed for all those years. At least, remove the free/busy option if there is no hope to make it work.
Same issue here. It's definitely not a "feature" if it works differently on both the web and PC. It is only Outlook for Mac that has the problem. We have experienced other permission-based issues with Outlook for Mac, so I suspect this runs deeper than just calendar sharing, but please let's get a true fix for this!
We are also experiencing the same issue. In order for our Mac users to be able to book resource mailboxes (meeting rooms) we are required to have full details permissions on all calendar bookings. This becomes difficult when sensitive or confidential data is inserted into the meeting request. 'Its not a bug its a feature' says microsoft.
We have the same issue with sharing senior executive calendars. They do not wish full details on every item to be visible to all staff, for obvious reasons! And th eonly current alternative of no calendar sharing by them is even worse from an organizational perspective.
Please have the developers urgently fix the bug that is causing the calendar items to not appear in the Mac version only when any permission level more limited than “Reviewer” is selected - and soon! If it works correctly in both Windows and Web App versions, the Mac developers have no excuse for not fixing the code in the Mac version. Are they are just being sloppy or lazy or both?
No software should ever offer options in a drop-down menu which do not work “by design”!! Tell the developers to stop misleading users by offering choices that they cannot work with.
John Willsey commented
Many of our staff have moved from PC to mac and not being able to compare calendars for the sales team is terribly frustrating. Also, requiring Sr. executives to let everyone review their calendars is not a viable option.