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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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      36 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow calendar appointments to be created without inviting all Group members

      Right now, when you create a calendar appointment, the group itself is automatically invited, and so the calendar functions like a distribution list, inviting all the members of the Group.

      We would like the calendar to have the ability to act more like a separate calendar, or a teamsite calendar. The overlay function would be powerful if we could use the calendar for ... say a leave/Out of office calendar and overlay it over our own calendar.

      633 votes
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        40 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.

        610 votes
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          25 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.

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          • 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.

            516 votes
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            • 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  ·  32 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    15 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.

                    392 votes
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                      9 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.)

                      373 votes
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                        in the plans  ·  18 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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                        • 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.

                          343 votes
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                            thinking about it  ·  16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            313 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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

                              304 votes
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                              • 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…

                                302 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Unsubscribe button that actually unsubscribes

                                  Currently unsubscribing from a group does not actually stop emails from being sent to your personal inbox.

                                  The behaviour should be: If a user unsubscribes from a group, they are unsubscribed. Yes, it seems obvious, however Microsoft acknowledged the intended behaviour for unsubscribing is to still send emails to the unsubscribed user's inbox.

                                  For more context see the forum thread.
                                  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_outlook-mso_win10/office365-group-unsubscribe-still-receive-email/efaa297e-55de-4c11-afe9-43ceb9da31f8

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                                    19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    In the next few weeks we will make an update to allow users to better manage email messages from the groups they are a part of. This would include the ability to receive all of a group’s messages and events in the inbox, as well as the ability to stop receiving all email messages from a group. This way, users would have better control over how group emails affect their personal inbox.

                                  • 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.

                                    252 votes
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                                      working on it  ·  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Move documents directly from Onedrive to a specific Group.

                                      When contributing to a Group. Enable feature to move documents directly from Onedrive to a specific map within a Group. (now done by downloading / uploading). But documents are already in Office 365

                                      236 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        197 votes
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                                          21 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.

                                        • Show groups in Outlook 2013 client

                                          Show groups in the Outlook client, so users dont have to go to OWA to see there groups and whats going on in them.

                                          189 votes
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                                            12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the feedback. While we have no plans to update Outlook 2013 to include rich support for browsing into group mailboxes or calendars, Groups email should be accessible to Outlook 2013 users as distribution lists – they should appear in the global address list, and 2013 users who are members of groups will receive group email in their inboxes. Additionally, 2013 users will see links to group files in the footer of group messages that will encourage use of the group’s shared files.

                                            In time, we also intend to add support for membership management, so that users whose mailboxes are on-premises, or with older clients can add/remove themselves from Groups without using OWA or the Outlook 2016 clients.

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