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  1. Enable Group Calendars to show in Outlook 2016

    Outlook 2016 allows access to Conversations, Calendar, Files and Notebook. However, it's not possible to view a Group Calendar in the Calendar pane, which means that you cannot display side-by-side calendar views with any other Outlook/SharePoint calendar. It'd be great if this feature could be added!

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      66 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi All,
      We are actively working on showing the group calendars to show the group by default in Outlook desktop. In the meantime, as it was mentioned in the thread by others, the workaround is to add the group as a favorite, and you can view the calendar side by side in the group.
      Thanks.

    • Be able to Nest Groups like Distribution Groups

      Be able to Nest Groups like Distribution Groups. I decided to convert a lot of our team DGs to O365 groups without realizing I wouldn't be able to nest them

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        tell us more  ·  68 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to hide Groups that are considered "private"

        When creating groups, or after the fact with a PowerShell command, all the ability to set a hide=True attribute so that the group is not visible when viewing all. Several other elements such as distribution lists and security groups can be hidden so why not allow the ability to hide Groups. This will allow groups to exist that are truly "private". This would be very helpful for groups that need a bit more privacy in order to operate using the Groups functionality beyond the invite only capability.

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          50 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Set Office 365 groups private by default

          We're in a school environment and teachers are creating Office 365 groups and some of them shared information about students in them.

          Although we've instructed them to change the accesstype to private, there are still groups being made which remain public.

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            58 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you all for your comments.

            Based on your feedback, we are updating the default privacy setting for groups created across all five Outlook endpoints (web, PC, iOS, Android, and Mac) to be private by default where only approved members can see what’s inside the group. For customers that want to continue with the existing behavior of public by default (where anyone in your organization can see what’s inside) we are providing an Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet to define the default value. This update will gradually rollout to all Outlook endpoints in the coming months starting with Outlook on the web.

            Keep your feedback coming.

          • Convert Shared Mailbox to Office 365 Group

            There should be an option to convert a shared mailbox to an office 365 group especially since the Office 365 Group is the newer better version of the Shared mailbox and there is no way to convert.

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              53 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve the renaming functionality of Office 365 groups.

              When you rename an Office 365 group, only the display name changes. It is not possible to edit the email address or the name of the OneDrive associated to the group. This is confusing, especially for OneDrive.

              It should be possible to change all names associated with the group when renaming.

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                25 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow users to create folders within 365 Group Conversations / mailboxes

                To really replace Shared Mailboxes our users need to be able to quickly categorize incoming emails and show that actions have been completed by dragging and dropping emails to a named folder in outlook.

                For example accounts payable shared mailbox allows any member of the accounts team to drag an invoice email to another folder to show that it has been entered for processing

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                  55 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change groups sites/URL URL.

                  Today when you create a group, it is created under the "/sites" managed path. Please change this so we always can have complete governance over the /sites-path. So when we want to create new site-collections you won't get URL-conflicts.

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                    thinking about it  ·  27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Planner task to appears in Outlook Desktop Client

                    It would be nice if the Tasks created in the planner using O365 groups would appear under the 'task' section of outlook.

                    751 votes
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                      40 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hi All,

                      Thanks for this request. We are rolling out the links to planner boards for groups in Outlook desktop from the group card, so that should help get to the planner task list.
                      This request seems to be asking for the Outlook desktop tasks list to also show planner tasks. Can you help us understand the use cases and details on the actions you expect to perform with planner tasks in Outlook?

                      Thanks.

                    • Add Planner task to Group Calendar and Assigned Resource Calendar automatically

                      Love the ability to add task to a group with Planner but please have task that have an expiration date automatically add themselves to the Group calendar and the Assigned resource's calendar automatically.

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                        41 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • "Drag and Drop" Email Messages into Group Inbox within Outlook

                        Also provide "drag and drop" functionality within Outlook. Sometimes a conversion will take place outside of the Group, but that conversation may be important to the Group. Have the function to "drag and drop" an email into the Group Inbox would be a great tool.

                        (This is already available if the Group Shared Mailbox is added to Outlook, but a few design changes will make this feature for user-friendly and available in the desktop client.)

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                          29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Good news! Targeted release users can drag and drop messages and conversations into their groups in Outlook on the web. We’re actively working on bringing this to standard release users in Outlook on the web as well as for users of Outlook 2016 for Windows. You can read more about the feature here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Drag-messages-from-your-personal-mailbox-to-the-group-mailbox-24e809db-70e1-45b7-8d54-efac7951dc95 or participate in the Tech Community discussion here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Groups/New-Drag-and-drop-conversations-into-groups/m-p/124877

                        • Hide private groups from GAL by default

                          As soon as someone creates a private group, this should by default be hidden from GAL.

                          There are PowerShell CmdLets which allow administrators to hide/show the groups from the GAL. However this is a post-facto activity. With many users and groups this is very tedious and many times we don't even come know that a group has been created by someone somwhere.

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                            51 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We’re planning to release a group privacy type called “secret groups” later this year. Private groups (those whose contents are only visible to members) will still remain in the directory. Secret groups are essentially private groups that aren’t visible in the directory by non-members.

                          • Time Zone settings for Office 365 groups

                            Users and administrators should be able to change the TimeZone settings in Groups.
                            if a new file is added it is always in PST Time Zone which makes no sense at all.

                            You can work around this by appending this to the group URL: /_layouts/15/regionalsetng.aspx?noredirect=true

                            And if you browse to the site you have to request access as access is denied even though you are the owner and creator of the group.
                            This also doesn't make any sense.

                            If you're in the first release you can see the "Site Settings" when clicking the Gear Icon but you are always redirected…

                            540 votes
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                              17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Group-Level VIEW ONLY Permissions

                              While I'd like to see some more granular permissions in general, I would like to see at a minimum a VIEW ONLY option assigned to users in a Group / Plan.

                              Right now everyone is a contributor and everyone can do everything, but there are lots of situations where we want to give situational awareness to certain users, but not let them edit group documents, or potentially delete things (not out of malice, but just unawareness).

                              You already get at least the basic Viewer/Contributor model on most other services, like SharePoint team sites, Yammer groups, almost all of the project…

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                              • Improve manageability of email alias of groups

                                Email alias does not support many characters that are common in email addresses (e.g. "dot"), and cannot be changed after initial configuration. Additionally, alias creates an email address using the tenancy's "default" domain--doesn't allow you to select a domain if a tenancy has multiple domains. Finally, can't be changed after creation. All three of these are painful!

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                                • Calendar permissions

                                  Please make it possible to set Calendar permissions to read only so that it's possible to have a group calendar that can only be edited by selected members of the group.

                                  437 votes
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                                    27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the request. Currently there is a way to set this property through powershell for groups, but it only works for users in OWA. We have this in our plans for Outlook desktop as well and will be working on it.

                                    Thanks.

                                  • Turn Off Footer at the Bottom of Group Emails

                                    When I use my group email address this message appears at the bottom:

                                    "You're receiving this message because you're a subscribed member of the XXXXX group.
                                    View group conversations | View Group Files | Unsubscribe"

                                    I want to be able to turn that off because I don't want other people who are cc'd, to want to attempt view or join the group. Just confusing to them and it's not something they need to think about. I often cc the group when I email to outside people and there is no need for them to know about the group and try…

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                                    • Groups Button in App Launcher

                                      Please add a Groups button in the App Launcher. I thought this was a planned release.

                                      I understand the reasoning behind Groups and modern teams and using Delve. However, my clients don't care and want a button. Thanks

                                      381 votes
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                                      • Enable groups for existing SharePoint team sites

                                        We need to be able to create a group for an already existing team site, OR when creating a group, be able to select an already existing team site as the group site.

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                                          working on it  ·  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Microsoft Planner create multiple plans per group

                                          To have an Office 365 group for our team is a great idea. However, the team I'm on has multiple projects ongoing, and having to create a new group for each plan and then to assign permissions for each plan and manage documents, conversations, etc all in separate plans is an excess.
                                          Better to be able to label documents, conversations, emails with each plan and to allow multiple plans than to have to manage all the plans separately and create groups that will be needless after the project is complete.

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