727 votesthinking about it · AdminMicrosoft 365 Groups Feedback (Product Owner, Microsoft Office 365) responded
We’re still thinking about this suggestion. In the meantime, please be aware that using Dynamic Membership rules will define membership criteria that will force individuals to remain as members of a group. This issue was also highlighted in the comments below. Please keep the feedback/votes coming! Thanks!
An error occurred while saving the commentElijah Longwell commented
Is this something that is even on the radar? Our org would love to take advantage of groups instead of distribution lists, but this is the key functionality keeping us from being able to do it. I know we're all tired of getting the "you should make a group instead!" prompt when we go to make a distro list, but the reality is that there just isn't parity there between the two services.
Furthermore, can you please change the "Try This Instead" suggestion that is highlighted as the best answer? It's explicitly the oposite of what we are asking for here.
This is a pretty integral feature for most organizations that needs to be fixed if Microsoft _actually_ wants to phase out distro lists for groups. It would be great to at least get an acknowledgment that this is a known pain point instead of a disregarding and incorrect answer.
Thanks for the request. Currently there is a way to set this property through powershell for groups, but it only works for users in OWA. We have this in our plans for Outlook desktop as well and will be working on it.
1,099 votestry this instead · AdminMicrosoft 365 Groups Feedback (Product Owner, Microsoft Office 365) responded
Disabling the welcome mail is possible with an extra parameter in the Set-UnifiedGroup cmdlet in Exchange PowerShell: -UnifiedGroupWelcomeMessageEnabled:$false. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/exchange/users-and-groups/set-unifiedgroup
Use this as a part of a custom group creation flow if you would like to restrict and/or customize the welcome mail for many groups across your tenant.