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Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Samtb, Apr 19, 2015.
Is it possible to sync an outlook calendar to Mac calendar like you can on iPhone?
I have my work exchange account on all of my Apple devices..
The only means to sync content from Outlook 2011/2015 is via an Exchange Web Services server. MS disabled local synching in 2011 some time ago in an update timed with Apple's discontinuing Sync Services (iSync), and has not enabled any other means to sync, besides EWS, in the newer beta version of Outlook.
The only other means to sync Outlook to a Mac/iOS device is to manually drag events to a folder (like the Desktop) and import/export them from Apple Calendar.
People talk about Exchange Web Services as though it is the red-headed stepchild of Exchange access. That may have been the way it was. That is not the way it is.
My firm recently upgraded its Exchange server to Exchange Server 2013. Our old Exchange Server allowed my Mac to access the server only through the Outlook Web Access web client. On Internet Explorer, the look-and-feel of OWA nearly rivaled that of the Windows version of Outlook. On all other browsers, OWA was very much the red-headed stepchild.
For reasons that baffle me, IT disabled access to the Exchange server outside the firm's LAN except by OWA. The iOS Mail app had full access to the Exchange server, but only over Wi-Fi while on my firm's LAN. Because our old Exchange Server did not support EWS, I could not use Outlook 2011 on my MacBook Pro or upgrade Entourage 2008 to Entourage EWS on my G5 running Tiger.
The upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 has changed my world. Now all of my devices access Exchange Server via EWS. [My Windows 7 laptop does not, but this is not a deal breaker.] I see nothing that a Windows user on my firm's LAN can do that I can't do on any of my Macs or iOS devices. Under iOS, the Microsoft's iOS Outlook app and Apple's Mail app work equally well. I am now running Entourage EWS under Tiger and Outlook 2011 under Yosemite. I have full control on my Exchange account anywhere that I can access the Web.
No offense intended, I was addressing the OP's question.
As to the other items, my firm IS my firm. I sold our Exchange Server 2013 license just two weeks ago and ported to Office 365 solely for convenience - I pushed a profile to our iOS devices and nobody was the wiser, it just worked. I love EWS's and EAS's design and connectivity, and I've had zero downtime since porting to O365.
My main driver is Outlook 2013 - I wish Outlook 2011/2015 for the Mac had the same conduit options as the Windows versions which are so much more flexible. I'm not knocking the backend, just the Mac apps in their current state... Cheers!
I think the OP is referring to an Outlook.com (equivalent of Hotmail) calendar.
As far as I know, you can't get an Outlook.com or Hotmail calendar in Mac calendar as read/write.
You can, however, subscribe to it as "read-only", which is better than nothing. To do that, you have to copy the "Import into other calendar applications (ICS)" link that's at your Outlook.com account (Share>your calendar>Links to Event Details). In Mac Calendar, go to File>New Calendar Subscription, paste the link, then change "webcals" to "https". Complete the process with the settings you want and your Outlook.com calendar should load into Mac Calendar.