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...
- Jennifer Ann Mason breaks it down nicely in her blog post Office 365 Groups - The Next Step in “Working like a Network".
- Or read through Benjamin Niaulin's thoughts and comparisons between Office 365 Groups, Yammer and SharePoint sites, reading his post Change the way you see SharePoint collaboration in 2015.
If you want to learn more about Office 365 Groups from Microsoft channels...
- Find help about groups in Office 365 - Get started with Groups, learn how to use them day-to-day and how to administer them.
- Delivering the first chapter of Groups in Office 365 - The blog post announcing the release of Office 365 Groups.
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.
- Groups panel in Outlook Web Access - Inbox folder list changes.
- Creating an Office 365 Group - Naming, privacy settings, subscribing members, assigning members.
- New Group - Viewed from Outlook. Conversation view of a Group.
- Conversation Thread.
- Group Member experience.
- Group details - Contact card for the Group.
- Group Admin experience - editing Group settings, assigning a picture.
- Adding others to the conversation - people who aren't members of the group.
- Group Calendar - Creating events, adding Group event to your own calendar, overlay with your own calendar.
- Belonging to multiple Groups - Favourite a group, list groups you belong to or browse available groups.
- Browsing for groups - Groups and the Global Address List, People / Mailbox Contacts view.
- Using the Office 365 Global menu to navigate Group features.
- Calendar Events appear as posts in the Conversations.
- Welcome to the Group email message.
- Adding additional members to a Group - Search, Select and Save changes in the Add members pane.
- Group Files - Opens in separate tab, navigation is consistent across Group features, automatically assigned storage from the pool.
- Create a new document using Office Online and the New button.
- Yammer integration?? - Yes... sort of. Yammer conversation panel is visible while viewing or editing a document in Group Files.
- Share a document from Group Files.
- Drag and Drop Upload to Group Files.
- Can we tweak the Group Files site like we can with SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business? - I get a little lost adjusting settings and realise I'm only adjusting OneDrive for Business settings NOT Group Files settings. (I told you it was raw exploration.)
- Leaving a Group
- Conversations around Group meeting invites.
- Browse a public Group and join.
- Promoting a Group member to a Group admin.