#Microsoft365 – Office 365 Groups is a service that works together with your other Office 365 tools. It creates the resource group needed to collaborate – think distribution list. Depending on the platform you use, the group also provisions the necessary tools for you.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

Office 365 Groups is a powerful and productive platform that brings together conversations and calendar from Outlook, files from SharePoint, tasks from Planner, and a shared OneNote notebook into a single collaboration space for your team. Read more…

The last year has been rather interesting with most of us trying to figure out exactly where Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams and Yammer fit in. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I might not like it when people tell me what to do – but boy, oh boy – was I upset when Microsoft wouldn’t tell me when to use what…. 🙂

Thank goodness I eventually started making sense of it all, and now I cannot believe that I was so confused by it all. As this post is only an introduction, I’ll share an analogy with you and some great resources further down to help you. Later on in my challenge I’ll go into some how-to stuff and tips and tricks.


Groups can be created in different platforms. By creating a group in Outlook, you will get:

  • Shared Inbox (Mail)
  • Shared Calendar
  • SharePoint Team Site with Document Library
  • Shared OneNote Notebook
  • Planner

By creating a group in Yammer, you will get:

  • Yammer Group
  • SharePoint Team Site with Document Library
  • Shared OneNote Notebook
  • Planner

Note:  Creating a Microsoft Team / SharePoint Site now also creates a group.


Groups, Teams, Yammer, SharePoint etc. makes me think of a Basketball Court.

  • Office 365 Groups is the Name you give your team as well as the team members you choose to ‘play the game’ with you.
  • Microsoft Planner is your scoreboard, where you will keep track of the progress of your team / game.
  • OneNote is the clipboard on which you plan your game strategy and take notes.
  • The Calendar is for your game schedules.
  • SharePoint site + Document Library is your sports changing room and lockers.
  • The Court you play on could be Microsoft Teams / Yammer / SharePoint or Outlook.

Below a short video clip for an overview and some resources. I hope this helped you make a bit of sense of it all.

Resources:

Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.

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