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  1. Adding hidden members to Office 365 Groups

    We have hidden our students from Global Address List using "hide from address book" option in AD. Now teachers can't add students to Groups, because adding members to a Group is not possible even if full email address is known. It seems that GAL search is performed during member add. Please allow adding hidden members to a Group.

    184 votes
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      7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create folders in Office 365 groups

      Create folders in Office 365 groups for better organization and for managing emails.

      183 votes
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        23 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Information architecture & information management for group files

        Part of a much bigger concern customers are voicing: the disappearance of information architecture & management from OneDrive. Metadata, content types with templates, records management policies. The current state of OneDrive is less powerful than Windows file servers with FCI in 2008, and far less powerful than SharePoint in 2010. Please push that OneDrive team (I'm guessing that's where responsibility lies) to empower OneDrive and thereby Group Files.

        178 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Recently we’ve begun to rollout a new files experience in Groups that surfaces common document library capabilities. As a SharePoint user, you’ll find the capabilities of document libraries in Groups to be equal to that of a document library in other team sites in Office 365.

          This new doclib is a part of the broader plan to align Groups and Sites – described here: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/04/the-future-of-sharepoint/

        • Possibility to archive groups

          Please give us a possibility to archive groups for purpose of lifetime governance. This means a) an administrative tool/report to find inactive or unused groups and b) an option to cleanup these groups. This could mean but is not limited to making them readonly, hiding them from Groups List, etc.

          175 votes
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            11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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…

            172 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Remove Groups Folder from

              I don't want to see Groups or Fav Groups Calendar in my Outlook 2016 Folder View. I need it clean and simple. Don't clutter it up with whatever you want to. Add an option to hide ANY element in that tree.

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                27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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…

                150 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Disabled Office 365 Group Connectors only works in Microsoft Teams

                  Hello!

                  Selected connectors which are enabled in Microsoft Teams are not replicated to Outlook.
                  In Outlook I can still use every connector, even when I only configured one external connector in Microsoft Teams.
                  This seems to be a bug otherwise I'm only able to disable the connectors for the whole Office 365 Group via the new PowerShell cmdlet.

                  146 votes
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                  • Consolidated Admin Interface To Control Office 365 Connectors/Apps Across Office 365

                    Within Yammer, Outlook and MS Teams we have a similar concept of connectors/apps. Each of these has different ways of controlling what connectors/apps are available to users. We would like to see a consolidated Admin interface to control which connectors/apps are enabled or disabled as well as whether or not each of these connectors/apps allows actionable activities ie. allow the Twitter connector/app but disable the like and comment buttons via the consolidated Admin interface.

                    146 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Office 365 Groups Content Type hub connection

                      There is the possibility to use content types in group libraries but it would be best if it could consume content type from the content type hub

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                        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Microsoft Teams don't always show notifications

                        sometimes the notifications don't show when get new updates in Microsoft Teams so have to remember to go in and check for new stuff.

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                          9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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

                          140 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Report to Find out license assignment date for the user and who assigned license

                            Report to Find out license assignment date for the user and who assigned license
                            This would be really helpful

                            136 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Planner Board View - Sort/Filter Buckets by Due Date/Date Range

                              Planner Board View by Bucket needs a Sort by Due Date or date range filter - would be good to be able to sort all Buckets within a Plan by due date/date range. We are an agile environment and need to quickly review particular Bucket tasks based on dates, whilst you can do this in Charts view, it is not available in Board Bucket View. It would give our team a quick view on pinch points blocking related pieces of work

                              130 votes
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                              • Free/busy permission on shared calendars for Mac.

                                Outlook for Mac needs edit permissions to view shared (and resource) calendars. It should be possible to share calendar with Mac users with only "view free/busy" rights. Like it is with PC version of Outlook.

                                127 votes
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                                • Give the ability to disable the "You're now a member of group" email.

                                  The WelcomeMessageEnabled attribute already exist, allow us to change it. We are migrating existing groups and our users already know they are in those groups and when several users are in over 30 different groups I don't want to SPAM them. Also we have groups based on region and don't really want to send an email to everyone in those regions when we create the groups.

                                  124 votes
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                                  • Add auto reply capabilities to a group

                                    Seems basic to me. We run a service company. An email comes into service@company.com

                                    We want to forward the email to members in our group but also auto reply to the sender letting them know the email was received.

                                    I could set up a 'paid for' user that does nothing but auto-reply and then forward to a distribution list .. but what a pain .. and cost.

                                    122 votes
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                                    • Restrict default permissions for Files in Public groups

                                      Currently, the "Everyone except external users" claim/group is added with Edit level access to every Office 365 public group. This in turn means that *every* user in the company is not only able to view files in *every* public group, they are also able to *delete* files.

                                      The suggestion is to remove "Everyone except external users" from the Members group, thus removing the Edit permissions level. Instead, the Viewers group should be used for "Everyone except external users".

                                      121 votes
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                                      • Add CardDav, CalDav, and IMAP synchronization support for G Suite

                                        Office365 business lack of support for
                                        * CardDav
                                        * CalDav
                                        * IMAP to GSuite
                                        makes it impossible for me and my clients to use for the following reasons:
                                        ** it would require maintenance of two sets of calendars, contacts, and emails
                                        ** many applications (JIRA, etc.) have integrations and Office365 does not and will not likely ever have the same level of developer support.
                                        Thus, you will lose market share unless you add true synchronization features. Additionally, the google sync tool only works with Outlook desktop.

                                        Notes:
                                        * Windows 10 Mail and Calendar support these features so should 365.
                                        *…

                                        120 votes
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                                        • Ability to control which Office 365 services are available for use within groups

                                          Creation of an Office 365 Group will automatically provision a number of O365 services (SP doc library, team site, OneNote, Planner, Calendar, etc). For organizations who are not ready (or able) to leverage certain services, how about providing the ability to control which services can be provisioned for use in groups?

                                          For example, if our organization is only able to leverage an SP doc library and a OneNote, I would be able to configure groups to only make those specific services visible to our end users (items like a team site and Planner would be hidden/unavailable). This would be critical…

                                          118 votes
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