Good news! Targeted release users can drag and drop messages and conversations into their groups in Outlook on the web. We’re actively working on bringing this to standard release users in Outlook on the web as well as for users of Outlook 2016 for Windows. You can read more about the feature here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Drag-messages-from-your-personal-mailbox-to-the-group-mailbox-24e809db-70e1-45b7-8d54-efac7951dc95 or participate in the Tech Community discussion here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Groups/New-Drag-and-drop-conversations-into-groups/m-p/124877
It should be possible to add external mail to the group but not necessary the way that such an email is distributed to each Group member (unless someone set reminder for new elements in Group library).
We are using for such purpose Exchange public folders.
I hope then it is possible not only adding external email message to a group but that is possible to add to some sobfolder withing this group (sumilarly to Exchange Public folders).
This could lead Group to be used to as Project group.
I suggest to give different way of receiving group mails (as an alternative).
Instead of receiving a mail with full message, the user could get only link to message in the group.
After the link is used the message can disappear.
Apologies for the previous irrelevant admin response. We’re still thinking about this one.
Thanks for the feedback. We have made changes in OWA and Outlook such that if a user doesn’t want to view their groups or not want to use the groups, they can collapse the Groups node in the left navigation panel. And it will stay collapsed unless the user opens it again, it is saved across reboots and app restart.
Overall feedback about reducing the clutter is a valid feedback, and we will take this into account as we think about simplifying the overall experience.
you can do this in SharePoint today (i.e. put all members into Read Only permission bucket)
The groups have 3 type of users. Owners, members and quests.
I can imagine, that MS is going to use this 3 subgroup do make different permission.
I would them suggest that as guest it is possible to add also standard users (not only a person outside organization). In this case there would be more flexibility in designing different permissions without reconstructing current group structure.
For example Owners could edit site, members edit libraries and guest only read libraries.
By the way:
Would it be possible to make the permission only to see the lists but without reading content of elements?
Would be good if there is a possibility to make more than read only permission. What problem would be to add different premissions to members?
In case the new member will be added he may initailly get lower permission, which is acttually in group.
I believe it is possible to have both: fixed permission as it is now and still to have chance to make them different.
Wher the group is established then all could be as it is now. This mean that all members have the same rights. But group owner should be abble to set differentiate permissions and from this moment every new member should get the lower permission the group posses.
I believe that fact that permissions cannot be changed is actually a biggest problem to use new groups in SharePoint.