done at work means sharing information and collaborating across ad hoc groups
and project teams. But, often times the
tools we use to bring people together are different in each app—distribution
groups in Outlook, Favorites lists in Skype for Business, groups in Yammer. That’s why Microsoft has introduced Groups in Office
365, so you can easily connect with the colleagues, information and
applications you need to do more.
a project, one can easily create a new Group and invite colleagues. One can
also search for and join existing Groups, which are open by default, to see all
discussions, milestones and files and get up to speed quickly. Of course, one can create private Groups as
well for sensitive projects and content.
show up within the web experiences of Office 365 email and calendar and
OneDrive for Business. Yammer and Lync also
will be added to the Groups experience to help users do even more.
Office 365 plans include the Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3 and E4 subscription,
Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium plans and Office 365 Kiosk
ways, Office 365 Groups behave like traditional email distribution groups in
that you can send a message to a group and have it delivered to all the group
members. But the problem with distribution groups is that if you’re not a
member, you don’t get the information. And when you join, you don’t gain access
to previous discussions.
365 group is a more persistent entity than an email distribution group because
while you can use a group like a regular distribution group, it also stores
discussions for new members to discover when they join. It’s kind of like an
Office 365 Group is a cross between a distribution group and a public folder.
And like a distribution group, an Office 365 Group is instantiated as a group
object in the directory - in this case, within Azure Active Directory.
more accurate comparison is to a combination of a distribution group and a site
mailbox (or even a traditional shared mailbox). Groups are preferred to site
mailboxes if you need a collaboration platform for a new project.