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  1. Allow Creation of Naming Policy for O365 Groups

    Allow Administrators to set naming policy that applies to O365 Groups only, and not all groups. This will allow more organizations to better mange groups and open up more self-service. One idea is ability to have year group was created attached to title of group. For example "O365-(Group name/Project/Department) -Year(year created)" This will allow for yearly review of groups and maintenance.

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  2. Saving documents (Word, Excel) directly to an Office 365 Group without the Group being synced.

    Right now, we can only save documents to synced Groups. Or the workaround is to save somewhere, then manually upload to the Group.

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  4. Prevent or restrict users from expanding moderated distribution groups in Office 365

    We currently have a main org distribution group all@corp.com that is moderated to prevent users from sending to the group. In Office 365 or Outlook 2016 for Mac, users can select the distribution group and click expand, then individually email everyone in the distribution group which is what we are trying to prevent. I spoke with support who said this feature is not currently available and there is no mention of it on the update road map in the near future. Support suggested posting here to have my user voice be heard. Please provide a way to prevent or restrict…

    78 votes
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  5. How to restore deleted Distribution List in O365?

    Adding a Trash can or Undo the previous step can resolve this issue.

    78 votes
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  6. Support for multiple group calendars

    Current Office 365 Groups only support one group calendar. In many use cases this is not enough. Support for multiple group calendars within the same group should be supported

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  7. Add Group Categorization or Group Tags AND let us cluster groups by category

    The groups list in the left pane is just one long list. I'd like to add a tag to each group (basically group metadata) so I can click little flyouts/dropdowns that help visually navigate all the groups.

    77 votes
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  8. Add or delete appointment or event on Group calendar in Outlook 2016 without sending email to group members. This is possible on 365 online.

    There are times when I want to put in my travel information on the calendar function, for example, so I do not need this to be an appointment where I invite everyone in the group. The online platform allows you to "uncheck" the box "send invitation to the group", which solves this problem, but on Outlook 2016, you cannot do this, it always sends an invitation. This could be fixed.

    76 votes
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  9. Make Shared Mailbox features, particularly Calendar, available to mobile app users.

    Mobile apps are very limited that way.You can see the Shared Mailbox Calendar in Outlook. You can connect and see in a desktop browser OWA session. You can see the Shared Mailbox Inbox from the OWA mobile app, but you cannot see the Shared Mailbox Calendar from the OWA mobile app.

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  10. Planner - Edit and remove comments in a task

    When a comment is published in the conversation of a task, we can't edit or remove it.

    74 votes
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  11. Flag a conversation or create a planner task from a conversation

    In Office 365 Groups the conversation leads to ideas or tasks that have to be done. To be able to address that we would like to be able to flag a conversation (as in shared mailboxes) oder directly create a planner task from a conversation.
    This makes sure, good ideas and inputs from discussions are not lost.

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  12. Reply as group address in Outlook

    Currently in order to be able to reply a message using the group email address instead of the user's, several steps have to be performed:


    • Grant access to every user in the group using Powershell (Add-RecipientPermission -Identity $recp.Name -Trustee $user -AccessRights SendAs)

    And then the users have to do, everytime, for every email they reply:
    - Dettach the reply window to open a new one with full capabilities
    - Click on 'From:' button
    - Select the group email address.

    This scenario should be enhanced to:
    - Enable SendAs rights to the group so users inherit the behaviour of the group…

    73 votes
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  13. Add Search and Filter in Planner

    This is a feature that makes Trello great - hit the "F" key and then you can search by label or keyword or owner. Board gets filtered.

    72 votes
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  14. Ability to set Unified Group timezone

    I have this scenario:


    1. A group calendar has an event

    2. A new user is added to the group

    3. The new user gets an email about an upcoming event in the group calendar. Problem: the event time in the email body is in PST and at the end of the email there is a message "Dates and times are based on the group's timezone setting: Pacific Standard Time."

    Both the SharePoint site of the group and the user's profile has the timezone set to UTC+2 (Helsinki), these settings don't seem to have any effect. I also tried to access the timezone…

    72 votes
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  15. Renaming Email Address or Adding Alias

    IN order to accept emails from outside organization and having multiple tenants, option to rename email address or add another SMTP address as primary SMTP should be there. We cannot encourage users to use Office 365 Groups unless the email address is organization friendly.

    68 votes
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  16. moderation

    Add moderation of delivery to and from O365 groups.

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  17. Exclude Groups from the AAD Groups Expiration Policy

    Excluding a group from the AAD Groups Expiration Policy will allow for an organization to designate well known long term Groups to never be subject to the expiration policy.

    For example, if there is an Executive or HR team in an organization, the likelihood of those teams disbanding is very small so you'd want to not require them to renew their Group if there's an org wide expiration policy on groups at something like 31 days.

    Current AAD Groups Expiration Preview allows for admins to 'Enable' the policy to specific groups but this would leave all self service Groups and…

    68 votes
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  18. turn off conversation view in outlook

    Allow users to turn off the conversation view in favourited groups in Outlook

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  19. Search field in Distribution Lists (Contact Groups)

    Please introduce a SEARCH field in the Distribution Lists (Contact Groups). It would be vital, if you would have a DL of 1000 members and you want to search for one without scrolling down the list!

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  20. Move/Copy E-Mails from mailboxes to Office365 Group conversations

    We would like to copy E-Mails to an Office365 group to have a history of group related E-Mails which happend before group creation.
    Forwarding the E-Mails to the groups e-mail adress is working but you are losing the timestamp of the original mail.

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