Agreed - MUST HAVE!!
We’re currently working on improving the group events experience.
While not exactly with checkboxes like the OP suggested—I’m confident that we hit each point (including the bonus!) that you’ve suggested.
What we’re doing is that we’re simply going to follow who is on the To line in your group event. If you don’t put anyone there, then it will be saved on the group calendar and folks can add it to their calendar. If you do put specific individuals, they get an invite in their inbox. If you put the group in, those who are following calendar events in the group will get an invite in their inbox.
Follow the feature here on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=46257
There appear to be multiple requests for this but the problem still exists. Phil's description is excellent, come on Microsoft why is it still a problem?
Why oh why are we still having to ask Microsoft to show shared mailboxes and calendars on mobile devices. In my case - a windows 10 phone!!
I strongly agree - same problem for me.
We want limited visibility (subject / location) to be the default to make booking meetings more efficient and encourage openness. The user can always mark an item as private in exceptional circumstances.
An example of efficiency improvement is the case of booking a meeting for, say, 10 people and 4 appear busy. If only Free / Busy is shown then a minimum of 4 calls / emails are required and it may end with rescheduling starting the process all over again for all 10. Whereas if some information is available on what the conflicts are and hence the likelihood of flexibility, a more educated judgement can be made and an appropriate time found far more quickly.