Groups in Outlook for Mac, iOS, Android, Improvements to OOS Rolls Out

With Groups in Outlook, now you can access group conversations and content no matter which platform you use. Office Online Server adds Windows Server 2016 support, other improvements.

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Groups is now available in Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android, extending its collaboration capabilities far beyond the 10 million-plus people already using the service every month working together.

Those unaware, "Groups enables Office 365 users to collaborate when writing documents, creating spreadsheets, developing project plans, scheduling meetings and sending email."

With this update, users across platforms can view group lists, read and reply to group conversations, add group events to personal calendars, view unread messages sent to a group, as well as view group details within the group card [in Outlook for iOS and Android only].

Groups in Outlook offers huge improvements over traditional distribution lists, with a shared space for group conversations, calendars, files and notebooks, the convenience of self-service membership and much more.

Groups in Outlook for iOS and Android
Groups in Outlook

Following features are released for Groups in Outlook on other platforms:

Guest access: Outlook for Windows now have an ability to set up guest access for people outside an organization, set group classification as defined by Office 365 admins, and view usage guidelines..

Invite people to join is now available on Outlook web, and lets you create invitation links and share them with others via email or other channels, giving them a quick way to join the group.

Multi-delete conversations let Group owners multi-select conversations and delete them from the group conversations space in Outlook for Windows.

Send email as a group allow Office 365 admins to grant send-as and send-on-behalf-of permissions to members of a group using Exchange admin center—to allows Group members send emails as the group from Outlook for Windows and Outlook on the web.

Microsoft says that sooner new Groups capabilities to Outlook will deliver including: "add appointments to a group calendar in Outlook for Windows—without sending an invite to everyone in the group."

Secondly, addition of Mail Contacts as guests will enable you to "add Mail Contacts in your company's directory as a guest in a group."

The second major update to Office Online Server (OOS), announced Tuesday, includes support for Windows Server 2016 and several other improvements.

Those new, "OOS allows organizations to provide users with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities offered in Office Online, from their own datacenter."

The update adds the support for Windows Server 2016, so you can install OOS on it. In addition, this release includes following improvements:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online.
  • Equation viewing in Word Online.
  • New navigation pane in Word Online.
  • Improved undo/redo in Word Online.
  • Enhanced W3C accessibility support for users who rely on assistive technologies.
  • Accessibility checkers for all applications to ensure that all Office documents can be read and authored by people with different abilities.

Those interested, should first uninstall the previous version of OOS, before installing the latest April 17, 2017 release of the OOS from the Volume License Servicing Center.

Customers with a Volume Licensing account can get the latest release from the Volume License Servicing Center, "should first uninstall the previous version of OOS." The OOS availabel at no cost with view-only functionality includes PowerPoint sharing in Skype for Business.

Those need document creation, edit and save functionality, need to have an on-premises Office Suite license with Software Assurance or an Office 365 ProPlus subscription.