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How to create shared calendars in Microsoft Teams

Learn how to use shared calendars in Microsoft Teams for better collaboration and productivity.

Steph Knapp

Steph Knapp
Sep 07, 2023

11 min read

[Blog hero] How to create shared calendars in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the go-to work messaging and video conferencing app for 280 million daily users, likely in part because it's easy to sync with Outlook and other tools in the Microsoft 365 suite.

Like Teams, shared calendar apps can make planning and collaboration quick and easy, especially when teammates work across time zones and locations. Multiple users can view and edit the same calendar to collaborate on projects, manage schedules, and track important events.

Your team already uses Microsoft Teams to communicate and collaborate — can you use it to share calendars, too? The answer is yes, and there are a few ways to do it. 

This guide teaches you four ways to share a Microsoft Teams calendar:

  1. Share a built-in calendar in Teams

  2. Create a Teams channel calendar

  3. Add a SharePoint calendar to a Microsoft Teams channel

  4. Make shared calendar collaboration easier with Calendly

The types of Microsoft Teams calendars you can create 

Before you can share a Microsoft Teams calendar, you need to create one. (If you already have a calendar in mind, skip to the next section.) If you’re starting from scratch as a new user or want to make a calendar for a new project or team, you have to choose between three types of calendars: Built-in calendars, channel calendars, and SharePoint calendars.

The built-in calendar in your Microsoft Teams account syncs with your Outlook Calendar and vice-versa. If you spend most of your time in the Teams app, the built-in calendar is a quick reference point where you can also create new events.   

The built-in Teams calendar only features daily and weekly views, so it isn't ideal for long-term planning. For example, if you want to plan project milestones for the quarter, you'll probably want to work in your Outlook calendar, then reference your built-in Teams calendar for day-to-day events. 

Screenshot of the weekly view of a Microsoft Teams calendar.
The built-in Teams calendar offers a weekly view. Image via Microsoft.

Teams channel calendars are specific to a channel. The channel calendar is a good option for small teams that want to manage multiple projects and events in a single channel. This setup can get unwieldy if you’re on a large team (like an entire sales department) that uses many different channels.

Channel calendars automatically notify the channel of new events, so nobody misses a meeting. Channel calendar events can only be created in Teams, but once created, the events will sync to your Outlook calendar.

Screenshot of the weekly view of a Microsoft Teams channel calendar.
The Teams channel calendar lives in a calendar tab of the shared space and has a weekly view. Image via Office365 IT Pros.

Finally, Microsoft SharePoint is a tool that allows teams to create secure, private websites to organize and share information. For example, a marketing team could create a centralized hub for a new campaign with inspiration, launch schedules, and links to metric dashboards. You can embed your SharePoint shared calendars into Microsoft Teams channels.

The shared calendar in SharePoint has a monthly view that can show events from multiple calendars (like for different projects) and color code events. The only catch to using the added functionality is that it takes a few extra steps to embed into your Teams account (we'll cover that in the next section).

Screenshot of the monthly view of a SharePoint calendar.
A Microsoft SharePoint site allows your team to host a calendar and save files. Image via Virto Software.

How to create shared calendars in Microsoft Teams

How you share a calendar on Microsoft Teams and who you can share it with depends on the type of calendar you use. 

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Share a built-in calendar in Teams

The built-in calendar on your Microsoft Teams account syncs with your Outlook calendar to give you a quick, week-at-a-glance reference point. 

If you want to give someone else permission to edit your built-in Teams calendar, you have to share your Outlook calendar with them. Then, if your teammate adds a new event to the shared Outlook calendar, it’ll appear in your built-in Teams calendar. 

How to share your Outlook calendar:

  1. Open your Microsoft Outlook calendar

  2. Click Share in the upper right corner

  3. Enter your teammate’s email address and select their access level

GIF showing the monthly view of an Outlook calendar. The user clicks Share and gives another user permission to view all details of the Outlook calendar.
You can create project- or team-specific calendars in your Outlook account to share with teammates. Image via Microsoft Outlook.

Otherwise, the only collaboration option within the built-in Teams calendar is to invite someone to an event so it appears on their calendar, too. It’s a bit of a tedious workaround, but it can work for collaboration if you invite your teammates to every event related to your team or project. 

How to invite teammates to a meeting from your Teams calendar:

  1. Click + New Meeting in the upper right corner

  2. Type your teammate’s name or email in the Add required attendees section

  3. Fill in the rest of the event details and hit Send.

GIF showing a user creating a new meeting from their Microsoft Teams calendar, including adding a required attendee.
You can’t share the built-in weekly view of your Teams calendar, but you can invite others to events so your calendar views match. Image via Microsoft Teams.

Create a Teams channel calendar

Every channel member can view and add events to the calendar by default. You can also invite external guests and colleagues from other channels to events within the channel calendar.

However, individuals outside the channel can't view the entire channel calendar or add events. This limitation isn't a big deal if your team only uses one channel, but having multiple separate channel calendars within a single team can get disorganized.

How to add a shared calendar to a Microsoft Teams channel:

  1. From your Teams channel, click the + to the right of the channel name at the top of the thread

  2. In the Add a tab popup, select Channel calendar from the list of tabs, or search for it via the search bar in the upper right corner.

Screenshot of the "Add a tab" screen from a Microsoft Teams channel. The "Channel calendar" icon is circled.
Select the Channel calendar tab. Image via My Metaverse Day.

Add a SharePoint calendar to a Microsoft Teams channel

A SharePoint calendar is an excellent choice if you want a group calendar with more customization and flexibility — like a monthly view, color coding, and team-wide access. While this route expands your options beyond the built-in calendar in the Microsoft Teams app, you have to put in a little extra effort to set it up. 

How to share a SharePoint calendar in Microsoft Teams:

  1. First, you’ll need your SharePoint calendar URL. Log in to the SharePoint site with the calendar you want to share.

  2. Click Site Contents in the left sidebar

  3. Select the calendar you want to add to Teams

  4. Copy the calendar URL

  5. From your Teams channel, click the + to the right of the channel name at the top of the thread

  6. In the Add a tab popup, select Website

  7. Paste the calendar URL and give your calendar a name

  8. Click Save

Screenshot of adding a website tab to a Microsoft Teams channel.
Paste the link to your SharePoint calendar in your new “website” tab. Image via Microsoft Tech Community

Make sharing team calendars easier with Calendly

It’s useful that Microsoft tools automatically sync between apps, like your Outlook calendar events showing up on your built-in Teams calendar. However, you still might find yourself jumping between multiple tabs, especially if you’re on multiple teams or need to cross-reference a separate, personal calendar every time you schedule a meeting.

If you're looking for a way to simplify calendar sharing and team scheduling, consider adding a scheduling automation tool like Calendly into the mix.

Calendly is a scheduling app that makes it easy for teams of all sizes to share availability and schedule meetings without all the back-and-forth or complex workarounds. Team scheduling features make it easy to bring the right combination of people together at a time that works for everyone.

Here are a few ways connecting Calendly with your Microsoft apps and tools can make scheduling and collaboration easier and faster for your team:

Sync your availability across calendars to avoid double booking

A coworker wants to set up a meeting with you, so you compare your Outlook calendar for work and Gmail calendar for family events, then message your coworker a few times you’re available. A day later, the coworker responds that none of those times work for them and suggests two more options — and the cycle begins again.

There’s a better way to find meeting times that work for everyone. With Calendly, you connect your calendar(s) and share your booking link, and invitees can instantly choose from available times. Calendly only shows times you’re available, so you never have to worry about double-booking. You can even share your meeting availability in emails, LinkedIn messages, and more.

You can also use Meeting Polls to find the best time for one-off meetings with up to 40 people. Your invitees vote on preferred times, so you can easily accommodate personal preferences and time zones. Once everyone votes, you choose the best time. Calendly schedules the meeting for you, then automatically sends out calendar invites and meeting details.

When you sign up for Calendly using your Office 365 or Outlook.com email address, your calendar will automatically connect to your account.

To add your Office 365 or Outlook calendar to an existing Calendly account, follow the instructions in this help center article.

Screenshot of the Calendar Connections page in the Calendly app with the option to connect a Google Calendar and Office 365 Calendar
When you connect your calendars to Calendly, the app only shows your open time slots on your booking page, so you don’t need to check for scheduling conflicts manually.

When you integrate Calendly with Microsoft Teams video conferencing and set Microsoft Teams as your default virtual meeting location, Calendly automatically adds a Teams video meeting link to every meeting.

When an invitee books a meeting with you, they’ll receive instant access to the Teams meeting details via a calendar invitation or meeting confirmation email. You’ll also find these details and your unique meeting link in the Scheduled Events details on your Calendly dashboard and your Microsoft Teams account.

That means you don’t have to spend time adding a link to the event details or scrambling to set up a space for your team just before the meeting starts. 

Learn how to add Microsoft Teams video conferencing to your Calendly events.

Get real-time updates on your Calendly meetings in Teams chat

The Calendly app for Microsoft Teams chat keeps you in-the-know about your latest booked meetings and scheduling updates.

Once connected, when a Calendly event is scheduled, rescheduled, or canceled, the Calendly bot will automatically send you an instant notification to let you know. So you can stay up to date without toggling between apps.

Learn how to add the Calendly app for Microsoft Teams chat.

Manage your meetings without leaving your inbox

Syncing your Outlook calendar with Calendly to simplify meeting scheduling saves a lot of time with a little effort. Take that productivity to the next level by using the Outlook add-in to share availability and schedule meetings right from your inbox.

GIF showing Calendly Outlook add-in in the Outlook inbox. The user clicks "Share availability," "Add times to email," selects three dates, clicks "Add to email," and Calendly inserts their available times in the body of the email.
Add times to your email to save a step for your invitee and offer more curated availability.

With Calendly’s Outlook add-in, you can:

… all without switching apps or jumping between tabs.

Learn how to install and use the Calendly Outlook add-in.

How Calendly integrates with Microsoft

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FAQ about sharing Microsoft Teams calendars

What are the benefits of using shared calendars?

Shared calendars go beyond keeping tabs on everyone’s schedules — they can help your team:

  • Assign tasks based on team availability to avoid burnout

  • Gain transparency into team schedules and progress

  • Encourage deep work with dedicated no-meeting blocks

  • Track due dates and upcoming events across time zones for remote teams

  • Keep everyone on the same page with event changes automatically reflected on the calendar instead of lost in an email thread

  • Visualize project timelines in a shared workspace

  • Improve teamwork, performance, and planning

Are shared calendars a free feature on Microsoft Teams?

The daily and weekly view Microsoft Teams calendar that syncs with Outlook is available on free and paid Teams plans. You need a paid plan to create channel and SharePoint calendars.

Connecting your Outlook calendar and creating a scheduling link to share your availabilty is included on Calendly's free plan.

Are Outlook and channel calendars the same?

No, Outlook and channel calendars aren’t the same. Microsoft Outlook calendars are tied to your work email address, and events you create in the Outlook app reflect on the built-in calendar on the Teams app — and vice-versa. You can’t create an event in your Outlook calendar and assign it to a specific channel, but events from your channel calendar appear on your Outlook calendar. 

How can you sync Outlook, channel, and Teams calendars?

Microsoft syncs calendars across apps like Outlook, Teams, and Teams channels for individual email addresses. Sign in to each Microsoft tool with the same email address to link accounts. 

Simplify scheduling and get more done with Microsoft + Calendly

Microsoft tools are a popular choice for calendars and collaboration, but scheduling and sharing availability can take extra fine-tuning, workarounds, and app switching.

Calendly’s Microsoft Teams video conferencing integration, Teams chat app, Outlook and Office 365 calendar connections, and Outlook add-in can help you get more out of scheduling with your Microsoft tools.

Ensure every event has a Teams meeting link, sync your availability across multiple calendars, and simplify meetings for your entire team — so you can spend less time scheduling, and more time reaching your goals.

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Steph Knapp

Steph Knapp

Steph Knapp is a freelance B2B + SaaS content marketer that loves educating and empowering curious humans. When she's not typing away, you'll find her volunteering at the animal shelter and obsessing over a new hobby every week. 

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