Plugins for Outlook to add standard calendar and contact support
By default, Outlook can only subscribe to a standard network calendar (i.e. CalDAV) in a read-only mode. You may also publish a local writable calendar onto a network calendar server for others to view read-only, but you cannot have a single calendar that is writable by multiple users. This is because Outlook does not support CalDAV or CardDAV (allegedly CalDAV support was slated for Outlook 2013, but was removed before the final release)
Using Outlook without any plugins
By itself, Outlook can only subscribe to a standard network calendar (i.e. CalDAV) in a read-only mode. You may also publish a local writable calendar onto a network calendar server for others to view read-only. If this is good enough for you (or you do not want to install any plugins), details on how to use it can be found here. You cannot connect to standard CardDAV contacts servers with Outlook without a plugin.
Installing and configuring Outlook CalDav Synchronizer
- If you have Outlook open, close it down
- Download Outlook CalDav Synchronizer as a zip file
- Extract files from the zip and run setup:
- Follow through installation in the usual fashion, when you run Outlook again there will be a new CalDav Synchronizer menu option:
- Click on Synchronization profiles to add your accounts
- To add a new account, click on the Attach:outcaldavplug.png Δ icon. Leave Generic CalDav/CardDav ticked and click OK:
- Enter a name at the top and enter your username, password and email in the appropriate areas. If you have email set up in Outlook, you can automatically use the same password:
- Enter the CalDAV URL (i.e. ending in
.ics/for calendars or task-lists ) or CardDAV URL (i.e. ending in
.vcf/for contacts) in the DAV Url: box. You can copy the https:// URL from the web-based calendar/contact client.
- Next you need to pick the folder to synchronise too. This must be of the correct type (i.e. Calendar, Tasks or Contacts). Select the local folder by clicking the icon and picking the appropriate folder from the folder window.
- For a calendar:
- For a task list:
- For contacts:
- You may add extra folders for separating out calendars and contacts by using the New button. Make sure any extra folders you create are of the right type:
- For a calendar:
- Once you have picked the folder its name will be displayed. Tick the Synchronize items immediately after change:
- When adding a contact list, you may receive the following warning. This can be ignored:
- Your calendars and contacts are now available in Outlook:
N.B. Outlook is unable to display images for contacts whose images are URLs. For example, the test contact created in Thunderbird is viewable correctly in everything except for Outlook. In the screenshot above the contact has been edited to have a image attached directly.