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  1. 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 →
    • 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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        55 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.

      • 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.

        483 votes
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          28 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.

        • Enable Group calendars in Outlook for iOS

          I really hope the Outlook Groups app is just a temporary solution. It's completely unusable and a terrible UI with regards to calendaring. No week or month view, no ability to see your personal calendar at the same time to check for availability or conflicts. We have many users who live on their iPhones throughout the day with little or no access to the desktop apps. Please add Group calendars directly to Outlook for iOS.

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          • Change email address of unified group without having to change it through Powershell

            One of Microsoft technician said this was a bug and need to be fixed.
            When creating a unified group and having a federated domain one is not possible to change the unified group email address. I have to go into Powershell and run this command: set-UnifiedGroup techniciangroup -EmailAddresses SMTP:techniciangroup@somedomain.com,SMTP:techniciangroup@contoso.onmicrosoft.com to have it working. Please fix that.

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            • View members of group in Outlook for Mac

              Distribution Lists and Outlook 365 Groups are still handled differently by Outlook for Mac. One example is that you can view the membership of a distribution list but you cannot view the membership of a group.

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                6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                Ability to move/copy tasks from one Plan to another

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                • It should be possible to not get ANY email from the group.

                  Since the group is integrated in outlook next to your Inbox, I (and my colleagues) want to keep everything that's been said in the group, inside the group.

                  As soon as someone replies to a message you posted in the group, you start receiving those replies in your inbox, but the answer is also inside the group, and again my mailbox overflows. If the conversation only stays in the group, the context would be clear immediately.

                  Currently there seems to be no way to set preferences on when you want to be informed by email (for example on reply, when…

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                  • Allow people to share a link to a public group as a way of promoting it within the organization

                    To allow users to click a url to be able to visit a public group page to be able to join it would be fantastic!

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Good idea! We plan to address this by giving owners the ability to share a link to join the group. If you want to share a link to a public group’s conversations today, you can just copy the link to the group’s email conversations from the browser address bar.

                    • Integrate Groups Calendar with Outlook App Android

                      I would love to have a central calendar Administration Tool such as Outlook for example. I would appreciate to be enabled to administer all my calendars with only one App. Outlook App would be fine for this.

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                      • group creation on Onedrive

                        The creation of groups in Onedrive must comply with the same naming rules established for Exchange.
                        In general all groups should comply

                        It is confusing to establish rules and to appear groups that do not meet them.

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