Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
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Today many small, medium and large organizations are moving from various platforms to SharePoint online. Either few are moving from Lotus Notes to SharePoint or from various old versions SharePoint (MOSS 2007 / SharePoint 2010 / SharePoint 2013) versions to SharePoint Online. And almost every organization uses Calendar to see group or personal meetings and events. The default Office 365 calendar not provides all necessary features according a business requirement.

VirtoSoftware designed a very useful Office 365 Calendar, through which you can keep track of all your events, meetings, tasks, appointments and holidays from various SharePoint lists in a single color-coded Office365 calendar.

Key Benefits:
Office 365 Calendar Add-in has various unique key benefits:
– It will display data from multiple SharePoint lists of any type and Microsoft Exchange Calendar.

– Apart from default views like Day, Month, Year, it also has other views like Week, Work week, Task (Days), and Task (Hours), Multi-source and Gantt chart views.

– You can overlay calendars from different data sources and choose color for each data source.

– Very simple and easy to use interface, where you can add an event with one mouse click, change event duration with simple resizing option, move event date/time to new event date/time by simply drag and drop, open by one click add/edit forms.

Licensing and Installation:
The licensing options are per user based and if your organization has 251 to 500 users then the price will be $2.99 per user per month. You can check out more licensing option on product site.

If you want to check all the features, you just need to add the app from Office 365 Calendar product page with 30 days free trial.

How to Configure Virto SharePoint Online Calendar?
Once installed successfully, the add-in will be available as “Calendar App for Office 365 by Virto” in Site Contents page. To configure the Virto Office 365 Calendar, click on its icon and you will be able to see a screen like below:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product ReviewAdd Data Source:
Click on the settings icon to add a data source (SharePoint list of any type).

The beauty of Office 365 Calendar Add-in is the simple options, a very simple settings page with few links. We will go through each link and explain how to customize this calendar. But first we will create a data source, which we will display in the Office 365 calendar. I have my IT calendar, which I will add as a data source to Virto calendar.

Add a SharePoint Calendar List as Data Source:
Go to the Settings page of Virto Office 365 Calendar add-in, then click on “Create Data Source” Link, and give a name to a new data source. Then select list, I have chosen the “MyITCalendar” list. It also has the option of selecting the view and field for event title from the list. It has another feature of choosing the event background color. I want my IT events to appear in green.

Add a Task list as Data Source:
Similarly I will follow the same steps and add another list as a data source to the Office 365 Calendar add-in. The list is a task list and I want the background color to appear as yellow.

Add a Custom List as Data Source:
Apart from default lists like calendar or tasks list, Virto Office 365 Calendar has an option to show event details from custom lists as well. Here in this particular example, we have a holiday calendar list (custom list) which we have added as a data source. Below is a screenshot how it looks as a new data source list.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Now if you will see on data source page, all our data sources are there. If you want to edit or remove a data source, you can click on the title to edit or delete button to delete the data source.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Now it is time to create the calendar and then add the data sources to the calendar.

2- Add Calendars:
Go to Office 365 Calendar settings page and click on “Available Calendars”, you will be able to see an option “Create New”. Click on the link to create a new calendar.

Give a name to a new calendar, choose the default view for this calendar and also there are few custom options. The other important thing on this page is an ability to select several data sources. See an example below.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

To add a new data source click on “Add new data source” link. It will show all your data source names in a dropdown, where you can choose the desirable data source. Here also you can choose the Read only option if you want to show this data source as read only. And then click Save. It looks like below:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Here I have added all the 3 data sources. And it looks like below:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Also, I can add my Exchange Calendar to this Calendar just by checking one box, only one single click needed!

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

After Saving if you will open Office365 Calendar add-in, it will displays like below. My Calendar list data is showing in green color, my custom list “Leaves” list data is showing in purple color and my task list is appearing in yellow color.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Change Display View:
You can change view (Day/Week/Work Week/Month/Year/Task(hours)/Task(Day)/Multisource) from the right corner dropdown list like below:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Edit/Delete an Item Directly on Virto Office 365 Calendar Add-in for Office 365:
Another good feature of this add-in is that you can directly edit the item without navigating to the source list. Just click on the item and a dialog box will appear, where you can edit or delete this item:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

When you will click on Edit, the Edit dialog box will open and you will be able to edit this item:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

In this Office 365 Calendar you do not need to go to the source list to edit/delete item from list.

Create Events Directly from Office 365 Calendar Add-in:
Another unique feature of this SharePoint Online Calendar is that you can create event directly from this calendar. Simple click on somewhere in the calendar and then it will pop up a dialog box with Title and an option into which calendar you want to insert. This fields of create form are also customizable. This is great feature, if you need to manage different source from the same place.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Change Event Duration by Mouse Click Only:
User can take advantages of drag and drop and resizing an item to change event duration or move to another date or time.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Disable/Enable Meetings on Single Click:
This is one of the unique features of the Office 365 SharePoint calendar add-in. You can enable or disable data sources from the Calendar.

On pics below you can see “Leaves” are appearing in Purple color.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Now when I disable “Leaves” (simply click on Leaves data source) on data source legend, the “Leaves” are automatically get hidden from calendar. On the pic below you can see “Leaves” data source is in disabled mode. To enable it again you just need to click on that data source.

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Admin Option Who can Edit Virto Office 365 Calendar:
You might have thinking everyone having contribute or full access will be able to edit Office 365 Calendar add-in, then where is the security? Yes Security is there, you can set who can edit your Virto Office 365 Calendar from the Settings page of the Calendar.

Open the Office 365 Calendar Settings page, there click on “Allowed users” link. This will take you to the settings page “Select users who are allowed to edit Virto SharePoint Calendar settings”. Here you can type the name or email id of the person, whom you want to give the edit access. It looks like below:

Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review
Office 365 Calendar Add-in by Virto Software Product Review

Conclusion:
This is one of the best Calendars for Office 365 available which is very easy to use and also it has lots of features like different color coded for various data sources. You might have different SharePoint calendars or tasks lists but it is really awesome if you are getting all tasks, events, and meetings in a single calendar.

This is really a very good SharePoint calendar add-in for enterprise. You should try it once. Get more information at site page of Office 365 Calendar Add-in.

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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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