Is there a way to get Outlook event reminders to act more like "alarms"? We really enjoy the functionality of shared calendars; however, I notice that unless we happen to be looking at a screen, calendar events might pass unnoticed. Alarms command your attention and will get louder and more insistent until you snooze or dismiss them. Reminders, on the other hand, commonly silently appear on your screen (phone or tablet in particular) if you have the volume turned down. Even with the volume on a normal level, at most you get a few seconds of whatever soft notice sound you've picked. It's like a stealth reminder as a backup to memory, in case you're momentarily not paying very close attention to the clock and remembering each step of your work day.
Compounding this problem, we have shared calendars. Someone might add an event, with a suitable reminder prior to the event, but I might have no idea it's in my calendar until the next time I happen to look at my phone's screen.
It seems to me it would be better to have reminders act more like alarms, prompting some user interaction before they quiet themselves. If it's important enough to put in your calendar, it should be important enough to want to be there/do it on time... not whenever you happen to next be in front of a screen.
I've tried secondary market add-ons such as "Cal" and others, but those seem better suited to people who have multiple calendars and want them consolidated than for those who might view the items on their calendar to be important.