Office365 has many ways to
collaborate. Office365 Groups
and Microsoft Teams are just two
of the features available and
until recently O365 Groups were
recommended for small team
collaboration. At this time, we
are now promoting use of
Microsoft Teams to collaborate
within small teams of users.
More features are available in a
Microsoft Team including
messaging and O365 Groups can be
easily converted to a Microsoft
Team. Consider "teamifying" your
O365 Group today!
Read our FAQ
November, 2018: Using an O365 Group
still? We recommend you TEAMIFY your group to add many more
features to your O365 Group. Check out the
Teams app today to see what Microsoft Teams has to offer.
From there, you can download the app or create a new Team right
from your O365 Group. Remember to check our
Office365 Group Features
Shared Inbox – For email conversations between your members.
Shared Calendar – For scheduling events related to the group
SharePoint Document Library – A central place for the group to store and share files with checkin/checkout and version history capabilities.
Shared OneNote Notebook – For gathering ideas, research, and information
SharePoint Team Site – A central repository for information, links and content relating to your group
Planner – For assigning and managing project tasks among your group members
Each of these features are automatically created when an Office365 Group is created and are accessible using already familiar products like Office 2016 (Outlook, OneNote, etc) from your desktop, from a web browser using OWA or using a mobile app.
- Files can be synced to your desktop for easy file access using the OneDrive for Business client.
Microsoft Team Features
- A Microsoft Team is a "chat
based workplace" built on top of
an Office365 Group. So you get
all the functionality of a group
as described above plus
messaging and support for
- Microsoft Teams allows you
to organize your files,
communication and meetings by
topic by creating "channels".
Each channel gets a unique email
address, calendar, file location, OneNote
notebook section, etc.
- Team members must
use the Microsoft Team app in
order to get full functionality
from a Microsoft Team.
- O365 Groups and Microsoft
Teams will soon need to be
renewed every 6 months or else
they will be deleted. 30 days
after deletion, they will be
unrecoverable. Owners will
receive email notification when
they need to renew their group.
- All Office365 Groups and
Microsoft Teams need to comply with the
Office365 Group Standards
- not storing DCL3 data
in an Office365 Group; and
the naming standard in order to be listed in the