Windows 10: Adding outlook family calendar to outlook 365 Solved

  1.    17 Oct 2017 #1

    Adding outlook family calendar to outlook 365

    I want to add our Microsoft family calendar to outlook 365. Basically I have two MS accounts. One is an old hotmail account which I use for emails and this is setup happily in outlook. The other is the Microsoft account I use to login to windows 10 with associated family setup. It actually has a non MS alias as my login, using my ISP email, account as the alias. Lord knows why I set it up that way and didnít use the hotmail one I had but I guess I had my reasons. What I like is the family calendar on it. Iíve set it up so that all our family devices such as iPhone, iPad and Alexa can all read it and update. But as I am not a huge fan of the windows 10 native app for mail and calendar I prefer to use good old outlook from my 365 subscription. Currently outlook has accounts (mail and calendar) setup for my old hotmail email and also my ISP email. I want to just add the family calendar into outlook (no email). I figured after googling around the best way was to login to my Microsoft account and share the calendar to get an ICS link. But it seems the calendar cannot be shared, right clicking has the shared part greyed out. The only calendar that it seems can be shared is the main calendar on the acc. I just really want to get the ICS link for the shared family calendar so I can put it in outlook 365 and also add it to the calendar app on my Mac. I donít want to set up the Microsoft account in outlook 365 as I already have a hotmail one linked and the email alias is the same as used for my ISP and that account is already setup in outlook for email usage, Iíd imagine that may cause all sorts of confusion within outlook. So does anyone know how I can just get the family calendar ICS?

    sorry, kind of hard to explain but I hope someone can help as it would be very beneficial to our family.

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  2.    18 Oct 2017 #2

    Mate, I feel your pain.

    I've been able to get my family calendar to load in (Web browser), W10 Calendar, Outlook for Android, and Outlook 365. Of all of these choices, the ONLY app where my Family calendar is READ-ONLY is ......Outlook 365.

    In fact, the ONLY calendar that I can edit in Outlook 365 is my personal calendar. According to MS Tech Support (2nd level), because it links to as an Exchange server, it only will update its own account's calendar.

    So, I'm hoping someone has an answer soon.
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  3.    19 Oct 2017 #3

    Hi, thanks. It seems hard to sort out. How did you get your family calendar (even if read only) into outlook legacy/365? We’re you able share it and obtain an ics link to set it up as an internet calendar? I only want to get the family calendar into outlook 365 from my MS account and nothing else

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  4.    19 Oct 2017 #4

    If the calendars are stored on an account, then you first have to share them on with all family members. This process emails an Exchange server-based link -- but NOT an ICS file -- to each family member's Outlook 365 program.

    Once you open that link from within Outlook 365, close and reopen the program. The calendar should now appear in the list of calendars on the left side of the screen. will explain the part of the process, and that article contains links to the Outlook 365 part as well.

    But, remember, there's a big difference between sharing calendars between 2 people's Outlooks on their own PCs, without a central Exchange server involved -- and sharing calendars on or another Exchange server, and using Outlook as the client to download from the server & work with it. If you're wanting the first technique, then that's a different discussion altogether. Please advise, and good luck (from a former Shropshire lad).
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  5.    19 Oct 2017 #5

    Thank you. I looked at the link and I think what I need is ‘publish calendar’ which may get me the ics link I wanted. I’ll give it a go later on. It may not play ball because it is a family calendar rather than a conventional one but it sounds like it’s the best option. I don’t need the edit access in outlook 365, I just want the appointments in there and on my mac calendar so everything gets updates when I add a family entry on my iPhone. It’s tough to get a calendar that supports everything. I’d use iCloud calendar but mail and calendar app doesn’t support it. This way all our devices and machines plus Alexa can read the family calendar

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  6.    19 Oct 2017 #6

    Almost worked. Published the ICS link and copied it into the Mac high Sierra calendar as a subscribed calendar. Worked great! On outlook not so good, same link I went to add internet calendar and it wouldn’t take saying it could not verify the link. Seems lame Microsoft’s own software didn’t like the link. I actually have google calendar setup in outlook as an internet calendar without issue. Oh well, I’ll just forget using outlook for this
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  7.    20 Oct 2017 #7

    Nailed it! The link published by MS outlook starts with http:// must be replaced with webcal before pasting and then it’ll work.
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