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  1. Provide guest members full access to group calendar

    Add the ability for Guest members to access the group calendar along with files and conversations. At this time you can only send invites to these members but they can not create events themselves or see the calendar.

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  2. 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.

    166 votes
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  3. Ability to disable external sharing by default for newly created Office 365 Groups

    Currently if external sharing is enabled at the tenant level, new Office 365 Groups also have external sharing enabled by default. If an organization only wants to allow external sharing for a limited number of Office 365 Groups, but still allow any user to create a new Office 365 Group, IT is required to manually disable external sharing on every new group that is created which is not feasible.

    169 votes
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  4. 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.

    160 votes
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  5. Support for Azure AD extension attributes as part of a Office 365 groups naming policy.

    since all standard attributes supported by AzureAD do fit the desired naming convention (use some Shorter ones - than long Department / Company terms) we want to use shortcuts in the name of the Group. With this we can get into compliance to the existing GAL Naming convention and Users can directly identify groups belonging to their business Unit. Therefore we need to use the Azure AD extension attributes. The attributes are already filled in the onPrem AD, just waiting to get replicated and supported. This will also allow a lot more flexibility in creation of naming policies, fitting the…

    155 votes
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  6. 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.

    145 votes
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  7. Teams, more than 4 video in a meetings

    When me and my colleagues (more than 5) have a meetings on Teams. The window shows only 4 video streams from 4 contacts, but not the rest of the members.
    Is it possible to activate more than 4? Is it going to be included in an upcoming version of Teams
    Thank you.

    144 votes
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  8. Allow changing Office 365 Group calendar permissions

    Currently the Exchange calendar associated with a private Office 365 group is visible to only group members. We have the need to allow certain people within the company to view and edit calendar items in these private groups, but the role of these users is not appropriate becoming members of the group. We would like the ability to be able to change the permission of the associated group calendar so that we can grant a security group Edit rights on private Office 365 Group calendars. Simply having the ability to do this via PowerShell with the Add-MailboxFolderPermission would meet our…

    145 votes
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  9. admin role for O365 groups

    Currently there is not role that you can assign to a user that has the ability to managed, create and delete O365 Groups. You can give the users another role but this means giving extra permissions to other aspects of office 365. There is one for distribution groups, surely O365 groups can have one?

    142 votes
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  10. Shared Contacts

    I was hoping that switching to O365 Groups would allow our small team to share contact information. Sadly it seems only Files and Calendars are an option.

    I would very much like to have a "shared contacts" area within the group - these should be editable by the group owner(s) and be available for viewing on the Groups mobile app as well as from within Outlook.

    140 votes
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  11. 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.

    139 votes
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  12. PLANNER - Is there any possibility to "PRINT" the set of tasks?

    Is there any possibility to "PRINT" the set of tasks?

    137 votes
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  13. 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…

    136 votes
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  14. Allow conversion of 365 groups back to distribution lists.

    Allow Unified Groups to be converted back into plain old distribution lists. I know this does not align with Microsoft's strategic plans, but frankly groups have too many quirks and many users are accustomed to the way distribution lists work. Please allow easy conversion from a unified group back to a distribution list, either via Powershell or the GUI.

    135 votes
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  15. Prevent users from creating public groups

    We work in a school and allow teachers to create groups, but they are created as public by default and need to actively choose private. This is a problem as they don't understand the implications that public groups could be seen and accessed by students. It would be better if all of our groups were private and users could not create public groups.

    128 votes
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  16. Ability to turn off connectors

    In a corporate environment, we need the ability to turn off connectors for all or individual groups and/or have control over the connectors that are made available.

    120 votes
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  17. Renaming groups: when renaming a group with naming policy applied then the naming policy will be reapplied after renaming the group

    Renaming groups: when renaming a group with naming policy applied then the naming policy will be reapplied after renaming the group, meaning there will be double prefixes and postfixes. When renaming groups, it shoud be checked if the pre- and postfixes are already present, and if not be added (again).

    120 votes
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  18. Bulk import - users / groups

    Please add option to add more than one member at a time, be it by copy & paste (e-mail addresses) or by csv import, etc. Same to add existing AD (distribution) group.

    117 votes
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  19. Planner: Remove character limit for Description and Checklist

    Currently there amount of characters that can be typed in fields Description and Checklist within a Planner card is very limited. Please allow more characters or at least display a number of remaining characters available.

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  20. Group Writeback: manage members and owners for Office 365 Groups

    in the current state of the feature Group Writeback creates a representation of the corresponding Office 365 Group to the local AD.
    Originally you cannot manage that groups properties in the local AD, as Azure ADConnect will undo your local changes and will not sync on-prem ADs changes back to Azure AD.
    Now as Office 365 Groups are the fundament for Microsoft Teams, this should be changed to that workflow, if Group Writeback is enabled:
    a. create the Office 365 Group (or Team) in Azure AD, setting up basic settings and initial owners/members

    b. sync it down to my customers…

    117 votes
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