New Guest Access Feature for Office 365 Groups Membership Service

New guest access feature gives you the ability to include people outside of your company in an Office 365 group.

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Since, Office 365 Groups membership provides only a single identity for teams in Office 365, to help those who need to work with people outside of their organization— Microsoft on Thursday 09/08 launched a new "guest access" feature that enables you to include key contributors from outside in your Office 365 Group.

Here's how it works: Once you add guests, they'll receive a welcome email, granted access to group files in SharePoint Online, begin receiving group email messages and calendar invites, can access group in Office on the web as well as Outlook Groups mobile app.

They will also have automatic access to cloud-based file attachments, and can leave the group at any time.

In addition, visual indicators remind all guest participation in the group across all Outlook experiences.

Guest access works for any email accounts including corporate and consumer domains such as [Outlook.com or Gmail.com]. And, if guest email identity, for instance, is associated with a Microsoft account [such as Office 365 or Outlook.com], "the user is directed to a sign-in page to identify themselves," writes office team.

Guest will be directed to a sign-up page to create an account, if they don't already have.

Office 365 guest access

On the other hand, just yesterday, Microsoft announced support for Apple's new mobile operating system iOS 10, today, the company has released an update Outlook Groups for iOS.

"Outlook Groups is what you'll want to use to keep up-to-date with your teams in your commercial Office 365 subscription."

Changelog for Outlook Groups for iOS version 1.10.10:

  • iOS 10 support: We now support the newest OS from Apple.
  • Groups list now sorts based on recent activity. While on mobile, you want to quickly understand what's new with your groups, and with the sorting of the groups list based on new activity, you can collaborate more effectively.

The app is available from the App Store.

Microsoft has also released an update to Office for Android Insiders, bumping the version to 16.0.7329.1002. Here is the changelog:

PowerPoint
Fresh new look : A better experience for reading presentations on your phone. Drag and drop to reorder slides and double-tap to edit

Word
Bug fixes

Excel
Bug fixes?