Office 365 - Getting Started with Groups
Office 365 Groups is a powerful and productive platform that brings together conversations and calendar from Outlook, files from OneDrive, tasks from Planner, and a shared OneNote notebook into a single collaboration space for your team. Your team interactions can be more social than traditional group communications because you can use @mentions to get your teammates’ attention and “like” messages rather than agreeing via email.
When you subscribe to a group, all the email messages and meeting invitations are sent directly to your inbox. But they’re also stored in your group folder. So don’t worry about accidentally deleting something or creating a rule to move mail from your inbox to a private folder. Delete it from your inbox after reading it and know there’s still a copy safely stored in your searchable group folder; in fact, all the messages since the group began are stored in the group folder. Even if you weren’t a member at the beginning, you’ll get to see the full history once you join.
- Group members must be Office 365 users. You cannot add a user that is external to our environment.
- Office 365 Groups cannot be used to assign/set permissions to email folders/calendars (including resource calendars). To set/assign permissions for multiple users at once, see Office 365 - Use of Security Groups to Manage Permissions.
Types of Office 365 Groups
Currently, there are two types of groups: Standard and Professional Learning Community (PLC).
There are two main differences between a standard group and a PLC group:
- OneNote Online Notebook templates.
- Default privacy settings.
|OneNote Online Notebook templates
||Default privacy settings
| Standard group
||Templates are not readily available. Learn how to create a template in OneNote Online Notebook.
| Professional Learning Community (PLC) group
|| Templates are readily available to meet the needs of educators.
Public and private groups
A group can be public or private. A public group is open to everyone. If you just want to see what the group is doing, all the content and conversations are easy to view. But if the group interests you, you can join it and become a member. In most cases, a public group is your preferred alternative. On the other hand, a private group is exclusive and only open to its members. The content and conversations are secure and not viewable by everyone. Choose a private group when you are concerned about security and privacy, such as trade secrets or confidential information. Although anyone can see the name of the private group, information is also security-trimmed so it is not accessible from search, links, or in other ways. Joining a private group requires approval from a group administrator.
- Before you can join a group, you need to find it. Fortunately, groups are open and discoverable by default. Both public and private groups have a group profile displayed in a card that includes the name, description, photo, alias, membership, and so on. If this group information is sensitive, you should look at other options instead of using a group.
- Although you cannot participate in a private group that you are not a member of, anyone can send email to a private group and even receive replies from that private group.
- You have the ability to change a public group into a private group, or a private group into a public group.
How to manage or interact with a group?
Groups can be created and managed by any Office 365 account. View the following video to see a group in action. At this time, PLC groups can only be created using Outlook on the web. When creating a group via Outlook on the web, you will have the option to create a Standard and Professional Learning Community (PLC) group.
Important: It is recommended that you wait at least 60 minutes after creating, managing members, or deleting a group so that the changes are synced within Office 365.
For more information about how to perform certain actions, such as joining a group, scheduling a meeting on the group calendar, managing group members, etc, review the following document: Learn about Office 365 groups.
What happens when a group is deleted
- All data within the group will be deleted, this includes conversations, onedrive files, notebooks, planner, and calendar data. The data cannot be restored.
- A group can be deleted via the 'edit group' screen or via the Planner app.
What clients/devices can I use?
You can interact with a group using many different clients/devices: