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How can we improve Office 365 Groups?

When a users is added to a group. he/ she should be set to automatically "follow" by default. They should not have to follow it afterwards

When a users is added to a group. he/ she should be set to automatically "follow" by default. They should not have to follow it afterwards

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  • Dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please. Obviously an annoyance for existing users, but also trying to get new customers up and running with groups is over-complicated, especially if we're just migrating them from other services. We want to logically separate them into groups, but having to go into each one and follow makes O365 seem needlessly complex from the start.

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The main issue we are finding here is the default follow value on Groups added through SharePoint Self Service Site Creation set to not-following while when added from other services it is automatically set to follow. Should this not be standardised.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    why has this not been implemented? This is crazy! in addition, Microsoft support tech just upgraded my all users distro list to office 365 group and now nobody is following it. FFS!

  • Linda Locatelli commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So now every time I create a DL I am asked 'If your users address email to multiple people, why not create a group in Outlook instead of a DL?'. Microsoft, this is why..

  • Sascha Dainat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As a user I appreciate to be able to "silence" the groups which I am checking once in a while. However we have some group for which the default setting should be that the members are receiving the emails in their inbox.
    => It would be nice if - at the point of creation and in the group settings - the owner of the group can make a selection whether the group audience should follow in inbox by default or not. In addition the possibility to overrule the default setting and silence or follow should remain up to the individual user.

  • David Strömberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have not started using Outlook online for all users. This means that they can not even find the group to follow unless they are sent a link to that group. Why is it not even possible to search groups?

  • Mike Wells commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    100% agree - it's ridiculous that users are not automatically included! Cause major disruptions after migrating a Dist List to a group...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Completely agree that this should be a default setting which, with experience, can be reversed by the user. It is highly discouraging for a new user, and can put someone less technologically apt off of using this product. Having to preemptively send out detailed instructions to new users is definitely a draw back, making first time use even more confusing than need be.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is surprising there are so few votes for this. It seems like it should be the default behavior.

  • Harrison Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a massive pain point in our use of Office 365. Currently we have to either walk the user through following the group themselves, or log in as them and do it ourselves for every single user. This wastes a massive amount of time, and is an extremely unintuitive process.

    A new user would have no clue that they would have to go to Outlook, click 'More', click 'Site' and then 'follow'. It's unintuitive because to a new user (and even to an experienced one), there is no indication that any of these steps would result in the group being displayed in their OneDrive.

    The easiest solution to this is to just automatically follow all new users. One assumes (using common sense) that once a user is part of a group, they would have access to the group in all apps. Making the user jump through additional hoops to have the group show up in OneDrive completely goes against this common sense.

    I think there needs to be an option to set new users to automatically follow, or a way to control which groups a user is following through Powershell.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This should be automatic. When a user is added to the group he is marked as "following" so they always see it in the OneDrive list on the left

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