Outlook groups and shared mailboxes both help small teams work with shared email. The decision as to which to use depends on the exact needs the team has. Microsoft has given Outlook groups some useful enhancements recently, but shared mailboxes are still the most email-friendly choice.
Microsoft recently added the ability to set auto-reply for group mailboxes. In this article, we explain why you'd want to do such a thing and go through some PowerShell code to show how to set appropriate auto-reply messages for team-enabled Microsoft 365 Groups.
The Microsoft 365 Groups Ownership Governance policy is now generally available. Also known as the ownerless group policy, this capability allows organizations to make sure that all groups have owners by detecting ownerless groups and extending invitations to active group members to become owners. It's a useful capability, especially in large tenants with many groups.
Adaptive scopes are a new way to dynamically target sets of locations (sites, users, and groups) for Microsoft 365 retention policies. In this article, we discuss the basics of adaptive scopes and how to build the filters used in the scopes, and then how to use adaptive scopes in retention policies. Adaptive scopes are well suited to the kind of processing needed by large enterprises, which is good because they required Office 365 E5 licenses.
Sensitivity labels are an effective way to manage containers like Teams, Microsoft 365 Groups, and SharePoint sites. Microsoft doesn't provide any way to track changes made to labels assigned to containers, which means that a group owner can downgrade the policy assigned through a label. This article explains a method to detect when label changes occur for containers and how to revert those changes if necessary.
Microsoft currently offers people the opportunity to talk to them about the challenges of managing Microsoft 365 Groups. I spoke to the Groups developers on February 18 and brought five requests to the table from dealing with group creation to cleaning up group debris.
Nearly seven years after the introduction of Office 365 Groups, Microsoft has finally admitted that tenants might just have a problem with "group sprawl." In other words, tenants have too many underused or unused groups because the groups have been created without oversight and not managed thereafter. Microsoft wants to discuss the problem with tenant administrators. Practical365.com thinks this is a great idea and strongly supports the initiative to get a handle on group sprawl once and for all.