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How can we improve Office 365 Groups?

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 management tools, etc.

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      • Jesús Achaerandio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For SharePoint Online, The permission level change for a group include only three (Edit, Read and Full Control) and is not covering all the possible levels.

      • Carlos Miyares IV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        1) Log into your SharePoint site library
        2) Click the gear in the top right corner
        3) Click Site Permissions
        4) Under Site members click the word "edit"
        5) Enable Read This should allow the members of the Group Read only permission.

      • Ben Patrick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to have a Read Only/Comment only function for Yammer and Planner. I'd like to use Yammer as an online noticeboard for the company and use Planner as a holiday and events calendar. Problem is everyone can edit planner and post in Yammer. Want the ability to lock the Planner and the uploading documents/creating posts to a select few people (admins), then everyone else can only comment on posts if its a public group, or only members can if it's a private group

      • Samuel Lockett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Below are the steps I used to set these permissions for read/write group and read only group.

        -=:Setup Read Only Access for O365 Groups:=-
        1. Setup a security group like TestGroupROG
        2. Create regular O365 Group and add members that can read/write
        3. Go into the group's Documents -> Click on the Gear -> Site Permissions -> Advanced Sharepoint Permissions
        Note: You can go straight to the permissions through this link by changing the Group Name:
        4. Click Grant Permissions -> (You will see Invite people) Type in name of person or group you want to have read only permissions -> Click "More Options"
        Select the permission level [Read] and click Share

        I am sure this would be a breeze with powershell if you need multiple groups.
        New-MsolGroup -DisplayName “Test Security Group”

      • Rob U. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, could someone confirm at MS confirm where you are with this please? There is a very real need for more granular permissions on Office 365 groups

      • Ian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Although I get the idea of collaboration, a Group owner should be able to at the very least, control what GUEST users can do simply and easily - in particular, to set them read-only. It's just common sense.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I get the idea is to allow quick collaboration but there are so many scenarios where read-only is going to be desired (presenting HR docs to staff as one example). I would ask is Microsoft trying to move away from traditional (classic) team sites? If so then having more granular ability to control permissions is going to be important to meet various use cases.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We really need to be able to prevent folks from updating the group calendar - only 2 people need write access, and everyone else should have read only. Why would I shift to Sharpoint for this? We should be heading towards using NEW technology and not old.

        Any status update on this?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like guests to be able to receive emails sent to the group, but not be able to reply. This would allow a basic mailing list (e.g. Mailman) replacement. DGs are not good for allowing people to unsubscribe themselves, which is an important consideration these days. O365 groups do allow people to unsubscribe, but in the meantime it doesn't mean they should be able to email everyone else in the list.

      • Jeremy Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree with others here. Simply changing permissions in SharePoint does not fulfill the original ask. In the SharePoint only scenario suggested, how does this affect the Exchange pieces of Groups? Seems the "read only" user would still be able to make edits to the conversations, calendars, etc.

      • Philip Worrell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think you will find this item is about group specifically. Scenario where you have a private group, you have your owners and members, but you may want to give group access to other to see your information in conversations, planner, sharepoint etc, but not have them directly contribute.

        It goes against general collaboration in some ways as why be able to only read something and not be able to respond, but I can see situations where this would be required. Where people need read access but should not be able to modify a conversation or, plan or file.

      • Ron van de Ven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see a wider implementation of what is already available in sharepoint across all services that draw on an office group. Meaning Planner, Teams & Outlook as well instead of only sharepoint. We can hardly work with public groups, but for each group there can be several stakeholders that we like to be informed but not mess things up sort of speak.

      • AK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be really helpful to have the following user permission options:

        1) Files area is read-only (user cannot upload or change documents) and user can download documents stored in the group.
        2) Files area is read-only (user cannot upload or change documents) and user cannot download documents stored in the group.

      • Marlo Bell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another side effect of this is that documents aren't searchable to the general population. There is a situation where users aren't deeply involved in a group, but the information is still beneficial. Our company has tried to adopted a Knowledge Management mantra of "no harm in knowing", in that documents should only be locked down when they NEED to be locked down.

      • Amber Imes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having the ability to grant basic read/write and read only privileges would be hugely helpful in Groups. I hope Microsoft adds this feature soon!

      • Thomas Dreisig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is really a good idea to work with permissions. In schools teachers need to setup folders with different permissions.

      • Merritte DeBuhr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with all the comments about the need for more control over permissions. We really need a way to prevent members from modifying the site pages and adding applications. This seem to be a major oversight.

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