I LOVE the ability to view my SharePoint calendars in Outlook right with my Exchange calendars. This is one of the greatest features ever in my opinion. The problem now is that I expect to be able to do the same thing on my smartphone devices – but cannot.
Playing with the Windows Phone (pre-Mango) tonight and was hoping to be able to display a SharePoint calendar in my phone’s calendar view. You’d think if anyone could do it, it should be the MS device but no go.
Here’s the official post/statement: http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/sharepoint/527.aspx
Ok. It’s lame, but Mango isn’t that far out, so we’ll just wait and see.
To be fair, I haven’t found a way to get this to work on the iPhone/iPad either, though there are a number of 3rd party apps available to assist with access to SharePoint sites. On the iPad, the screen is big enough to actually navigate to the calendar site itself, which is better than nothing, but I still would like the one-stop-shop available with Outlook.
Bamboo got close at one point – it looks like a product called MashPoint actually allowed some functionality for ‘real’ SharePoint servers for 2007, but nothing is available for 2010 or the Office 365 solution (sandbox solution).
If Mango can pull this off – major points to them. It still won’t solve the problem of my wife wanting to access our family SharePoint calendar on O365 though… Her employer doesn’t allow browser access to O365 – #FAIL.