Office 365 Groups have been announced, YamJammed (live discussion), given a support page and now, are beginning to appear in tenants using the First Release setting. Rather than giving you a nice polished break-down of what Groups are, I wanted to un-box it with you. I explore it and comment as I click through what I discover on the surface of Office 365 Groups.
This video isn’t polished. I left all the um’s and ah’s because that was my honest reaction.

  • “Um, how do I… Ah, now I get it”
  • “Um, why does it do that?”
  • “Ah OK. The experience is different here for some reason”

I talk a little in circles, asking questions as I discover things, then circle back to that question when I find an answer. I begin to form an opinion or wonder about something, then dig a little deeper and change my opinion.

If you want polished reflections about Office 365 Groups…

If you want to learn more about Office 365 Groups from Microsoft channels…


As I said… my walk-through ain’t pretty, but it’s honest. About 40 minutes long. Don’t bring the popcorn. Don’t expect Morgan Freeman clarity and depth of voice in my narration. But if you want one persons first reaction, here it is in all it’s under-cooked glory.

Timeline and topic index provided below the video.





  1. Very interesting. I am trying to think of how you might use this with students at school. Would this have advantages over a site? Any thoughts on educational applications?


    1. How about group projects? Office 365 Groups doesn’t require a lot of knowledge about SharePoint sites, lists, libraries, metadata etc. You don’t need to ask IT to provision a shared mailbox or distribution group or build you a site. Create a Group, invite members and get started. However, in an educational setting, you must keep in mind that anyone can create a group. In saying that, there’s nothing stopping a group of students from choosing any mish-mash collection of cloud services and starting a project. The difference with Office 365 Groups is that it’s in your schools environment and under your schools control.


  2. Good run through Darrell. We use Office 365 and we are just about to turn on the Yammer Enterprise version – we are already using Lync Online, Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. There seems to be real crossover in many of the Office 365 Suite of products. So although this looks like it could be useful it could also very be confusing for end users.


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