Microsoft has started rolling out a new Channel calendar app for its Teams desktop client that should make it easier to synchronize with colleagues. The improved calendar experience is rolling out gradually, and it should hit general availability by the end of this month.
— Dominic Williamson (@DominicWillit) January 11, 2021
With this feature, users will be able to add a shared calendar as a tab to each Teams channel to make it available for all Team members. They will be able to see scheduled channel meetings and events in a calendar grid view. Microsoft Teams will automatically send a notification to the channel as soon as any user schedules a new meeting. It will appear in the activity feed, and users will be notified if they haven’t turned off the notifications.
To add the calendar app, you will need to click the new tab+ icon at the top of the channel. In the “Add a tab” window, find and add Channel calendar from the list of available apps. Finally, assign a name and click the “Add” button to add it to the Teams channel.
Indeed, the new calendar experience has been one of the popular requests by Teams users, which received around 20,000 votes on the UserVoice forum. It should help to prevent miscommunications among colleagues. While the feature is currently rolling out to commercial tenants, it’s also coming to GCC customers next month.