Microsoft Invites Mac Users to Preview Google Calendar Support in Outlook 2016

Microsoft has begun inviting Mac users to try its new Google Calendar and Contacts support in Outlook 2016 by downloading and installing the application from its preview site.

Up until now, many of Outlook's more advanced email features have only been available to users with an Outlook.com, Office 365 or Exchange email address. This week's global rollout means anyone with a Gmail account can take advantage of several of Outlook's advanced features, including Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries.


Previously only available to Microsoft's Office Insider Fast Community, the new updates support all the core actions and enable anyone to add, delete, and edit events in a Google Calendar through Outlook for Mac. All changes update between the desktop software and Gmail or Outlook for iOS, ensuring everything is synced across devices.

Anyone who wants to try Outlook for Mac with their Google Account and test drive the new updates should visit the Microsoft preview website and click the Download button. This will install the latest preview version of Outlook 2016 for Mac, which can be used until June 30, 2017.

Outlook users signed up to Office 365 who want to test the features need to join the Insider Fast community, by opening Outlook, clicking Help > Check for Updates, and following these directions.



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2 weeks ago

Google calendar is cross platform. iCal isn’t.


iCal is absolutely cross-platform. iCloud's calendars are CalDAV.
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2 weeks ago

While that is technically true, Apple unfortunately still doesn't document the CalDAV and CardDAV server URLs for iCloud (which can be different for different users). While it is possible to figure them out, this shows that they do not want to officially support access via 3rd party clients. A bit of a shame really.


This is a fair point, yes.

In any case, the original question, I'm guessing, was really something along the lines of: why is Outlook for Mac implementing Google Calendar support before iCloud support. And the answer is probably: because Google Calendar is more popular. (Is it? I have no idea.)
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How hard is it to figure that out?


Go to icloud.com, launch the Calendar Web app, pick a calendar on the left and click the little broadcast icon. Tick Public Calendar. A URL like this will show up:

webcal://p04-calendarws.icloud.com/ca/subscribe/1/wqG1vFFxxxxxxxxxsVsbxySTFHZCRaB9CwbU8EEokSzfJd

Note the p04 part. This could also be, say, p31.

Then, in your CalDAV client, connect to p04-caldav.icloud.com.

Some more details: https://maggiemcfee.com/2011/10/13/icloudical/
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2 weeks ago

iCal is absolutely cross-platform. iCloud's calendars are CalDAV.

While that is technically true, Apple unfortunately still doesn't document the CalDAV and CardDAV server URLs for iCloud (which can be different for different users). While it is possible to figure them out, this shows that they do not want to officially support access via 3rd party clients. A bit of a shame really.
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2 weeks ago
Wow, now I can combine the world's worst-designed calendar service with the world's worst-designed calendar client! What am I waiting for?
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2 weeks ago

That changes nothing.
Outlook is cross platform or not, please answer yes or no.
iCal is cross platform or not, please answer yes or no.

I cannot, I repeat cannot use iCal on Windows 8 regardless of what protocols it supports.


Just like you cannot (repeat cannot) use Mac Mail in windows but you can (repeat can) collect your iCloud email messages. You're confusing client with various server protocols.
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2 weeks ago

CalDAV is cross platform, Outlook is cross platform. iCal is NOT.


Um, Calendar (née iCal) is a client. This thread is clearly about using Outlook as a client to connect to servers. Apple's server would be either macOS Calendar Server or iCloud, both of which use CalDAV.
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2 weeks ago

That changes nothing.
Outlook is cross platform or not, please answer yes or no.
iCal is cross platform or not, please answer yes or no.

I cannot, I repeat cannot use iCal on Windows 8 regardless of what protocols it supports.


And you cannot (repeat cannot) use Google Calendar on macOS or Windows at all, by that logic, because it's a Web app. That's clearly not what's being discussed.
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2 weeks ago
iCloud support is coming as well. The Insider Fast builds show iCloud as one of the providers when setting up a new account. But that feature doesn't seem to work yet.
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2 weeks ago

Why would they have Mac users test Google Calendar support instead of focusing on iCal support first?

I would think because google calendar is more universal then iCal.
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