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What are Microsoft 365 Groups?

Microsoft 365 Groups (formerly known as Office 365 Groups) let you choose a set of people that you wish to collaborate with and easily set up a collection of resources for those people to share. Resources such as a shared Outlook inbox, shared calendar or a document library (similar to OneDrive for Business) for collaborating on files.

They offer several features useful for group collaboration:

  • Email Distribution Group
  • Group Calendar
  • 1TB group Document Library (like OneDrive for Business) space
  • Group OneNote Notebook
  • SharePoint Team Site

Should you create a Microsoft 365 Group or a Microsoft Team?

While you’re considering the options it’s important to remember that one size rarely fits all. Different teams may prefer to work different ways and Microsoft 365 offers tools to enable collaboration in whatever form your teams prefer.  

  • If your team prefers to collaborate via email and needs a shared calendar: Create a Microsoft 365 Group in Outlook.
  • If your team wants to collaborate in a persistent chat environment or use embedded apps: Create a Microsoft Team.  Microsoft Teams offer a much more robust collaboration experience with more features than a "plain" Microsoft 365 Group.

Getting Started

Getting Connected

There are several avenues for getting connected to Microsoft 365 Groups, depending on the computer or device you are using.  

Using Groups

Group Members

Group Admins



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