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  1. 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.

    589 votes
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  2. 540 votes
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  3. 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!

    479 votes
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  4. Convert distribution groups to mail-enabled security groups

    I have a need to convert a number of distribution groups to mail-enabled security groups. Right now I have to record DG members, delete the DG, create the SG and populate the SG.

    470 votes
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  5. auto response or auto-reply for Office 365 groups

    we have an office 365 groups which needs auto-response but unfortunately this feature is not supported. it would be nice if we have this feature the same as the mailbox behaves.

    452 votes
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  6. Merge the two Office 365 Groups

    We have an increasing request about mage O365 group (most typicality Planner group in to other existing group that is more actively using for file share.

    User start the group in mind that using some specific feature of O365 and later find out two or three slimier group exist and want to merge into.

    I would like to have feature support ted at least by the tenant global administrator or better with group's own administrator, if the person has admin role in both group.

    This will help tidy up the ever growing number of groups and better use by end…

    427 votes
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  7. Office 365 Groups Expiration - Need Exclusion Feature

    What’s really needed is an exclusion list, ex: Expire all groups EXCEPT for these 5 that I really really care about. All the others, let the owners decide if they want to keep them, but these 5, I keep important stuff in there, and I don’t want to sweat it about missing an email and potentially losing all that information.
    Otherwise, due to the dynamic nature of groups, if I set a selected list of groups that I want to expire, I would have to keep coming back to this to keep it updated since any user can self create…

    428 votes
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  8. Alias for Office 365 groups

    Similar to Distribution Group aliases.

    405 votes
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  9. 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

    380 votes
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  10. Enable office 365 group calendars to be added to native iOS and Android calendar apps

    Please all Office 365 Groups calendars to be added to the native iOS calendar app. It's a deal breaker for my team to totally abandon our google calendar. We can add it to the native app so several of us won't let go of it. As an Office 365 admin, one of my tasks is encourage our clients to use Office 365 more! this would be huge!

    373 votes
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  11. 365 Group Deletion Policy

    Currently an Owner of a group can delete that group - I'm aware soft-deletion is coming, but ideally we want to be able to stop users from deleting groups entirely. An Azure policy to specify who can delete groups would put power back with the IT Dept. This will allow us to empower users, but without the risk of them deleting groups and the content getting past the retention period and being permanently lost.

    363 votes
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  12. Allow an Office 365 group to be nested inside another Office 365 group.

    Not able to nest an Office 365 group inside other Office 365 group make the task of managing groups much harder. This is a normal concept for all of us working in this field for a long time.

    350 votes
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  13. Microsoft teams Group Policy Settings

    For large deployment we need some option to control user settings globally via group policy or similar admin control options

    310 votes
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  14. 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

    285 votes
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  15. Private Personal Planner (Like Personal OneDrive)

    Users, by default, should get a personal, private, Planner just like their personal OneDrive. The problem is that if a user wants to use Planner, just for themselves, it creates an entire O365 Group which becomes visible in the GAL and the entire organization. It also creates mail, sharepoint site, etc... which is completely unnecessary and wastes resources (because the user already has mail and onedrive) just for a personal planner.

    288 votes
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  16. Prevent users from leaving group (as an option for admin)

    The possibility to leave the group is an important part of the group. But many times such group leaving possibility is not welcome at all.
    In companies where admin needs to have control over many aspect it is somethign which definitely worry them.

    This affects mostly Office 365 groups, which are used for company departments.
    The email sender in a company needs to be sure that the email will be sent to all demartment members.
    In distribution list it was prohibited for users to leave the group and as we know Office365 grops are well replacing the distribution lists.
    Please…

    282 votes
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  17. Create new group from template and/or existing group

    To ensure consistent Groups across the organization, be able to create a new group from an existing group, keeping the structure (Navigation/sub-sites, Library folders, Notebook sections, Planner buckets..) without the content/documents

    266 votes
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  18. Ability to add Office 365 Group email address to Distribution Lists

    Ability to add an Office 365 Group email address to Distribution Lists

    226 votes
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  19. Associate Office 365 Groups to Existing SharePoint Sites

    When creating an Office 365 Group, a SharePoint site is automatically created. Neither the user nor the administrator, however, have any control of where that group lives or what template it uses.

    Ideally, users would be able to alternatively associate an Office 365 Group with an EXISTING SharePoint site, thus allowing them to a) choose any location, b) choose any template, and c) associate with current SharePoint infrastructure (instead of potentially duplicating content).

    Obviously, the site would need to a) meet some preconditions, b) be upgraded to satisfy requirements, or c) have limited integration support. For instance, the site would…

    226 votes
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  20. Naming Policy for Azure Premium Customers Only

    In Microsoft's April update for Office 365 groups they mention the Azure AD naming policy is coming but only for Azure Premium customers. This should not be the case. Proper management of Office 365 groups should include naming policies. Without naming policies, there is a large potential for namespace collisions for folks who do not use the Azure AD premium service. This is something that should be available to all not just Azure AD premium customers.

    223 votes
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