Office 365 - Transition from WiscList to Office 365 Groups

This document will provide step-by-step instructions on how to move your distribution list from WiscList to an Office 365 Group.

Step 1: Export multiple members from your WiscList

Step 2: Create an Office 365 Group

Step 3: Invite colleagues to your Office 365 Group

Important: This process can only be used for users/addresses that are included in the UW-Madison's Office 365 tenant. If you want to add an external email address (ex:, you'll need to use Outlook on the web to add them.

Criteria for inviting colleagues to an Office 365 Group

The following email addresses can be added to a group:

The following email addresses cannot be added to a group:

*Note: You can contact the DoIT Help Desk to request the Office 365 team to programmatically add an alternate email address or hidden account to your Office 365 Group.

Step 4: Transition mail flow from WiscList to Office 365 Group

  1. Configure your Office 365 Group to allow messages from outside the organization.
  2. Add your Office 365 Group as a member to your WiscList so it is the only member of your list.

Office 365 Group members and guests can continue to post to the original WiscList until it is deleted.

Step 5: Start using your Group

Step 6: Archive WiscList messages (optional)

Step 7: Delete your WiscList