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Charles Haber
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So Microsoft Teams led me to discover Office 365 Groups.  The biggest failing, for me is the apparent inability to start a document in Word or Excel and then SaveAs to the Group's file store (unless I have already opened a file from the Group and it's in my recent).  I'm I missing something?

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Charles it's a current limitation we plan to address in the future, please stay tune!

Any new updates on this?

Please see this announcement we made last April: https://blogs.office.com/2017/04/24/new-to-office-365-in-april/ under "More Office apps support Office 365 Groups". We are still in the process of rolling this out and addressing customer feedback

Thank you, I found that link right after I posted. It's still an issue for me though. It looks like from the screenshot in the blog that it only shows "Frequented Sites". The groups I want to save to are not "Frequent Sites" and I don't know how to make them "Frequent". I am on the latest build (well, I should say I'm on "Current Channel" and it says I have the latest update.

Any update on this, Trying to get staff to move to groups but without this feature the system is compromised. Seriuosly waiting in earnest for this ability

Hi

 

Is there any update on this? I've recently presented Office Groups as a means to migrate files from a file share to SharePoint, but the inability to Open or Save As... from Office applications is a showstopper. The only way I can do it is to paste the URL of the group shared documents into explorer when opening/saving a document, which is not ideal.

 

Something similar to the way you can save to a group in Outlook would be ideal.

 

Hello Mr. Fiessinger,

 

are there any updates on this subject? We're also waiting for the feature, but it doesn't seem to be rolled out yet.

Can you confirm this by any chance?

 

Tanks and regards

Has there been an announcement as when thias will be available? O365 adoption is a bit crippled due to the lack of this feature. 

Announced in April: "...Groups integration in Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows desktops is coming with this month’s Office 365 updates..."

 

we are almost in October and still nothing...

Hi

 

I've come across a similar post (related to Teams, but the same issue) https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Any-plans-to-save-directly-to-Teams-sites-in-...

This suggests something has been in and out of the first release version of Office.

Is there a definitive update on when this is coming? Given the recent Skype for Business -> Teams announcements I'd really like to adopt Teams, but our users can't save files easily to the teams/group file location so I can't recommend it.

I have the same issue not being able to save documents to a group, especially from non-microsoft apps.

In Word/Excel/Ppt you can File ... Save As and choose from Sites (when you say save to groups, you mean save to a site associated with the group).

For non-Microsoft apps you'll need to sync the site to your machine.

Hi

Thanks for the reply - however, the issue is that the Sites section in Office apps doesn't show/easily allow navigation to Office 365 group sites (unless I'm missing something). The only thing I see in Sites is our main SharePoint site, and any sites I've previously saved to.

So if I want to save to a new Office 365 Group site, I need to type in https://mydomain.sharepoint.com/sites/groupsitename and then navigate from there? This isn't very user friendly for 'ordinary' users - it would be much more preferable to have a list of groups to choose from (a little like the Outlook functionality for saving attachments)

I get groups show up in that list, but yes its based on sites you use regularly rather than those which you are aa member.

Interesting - the only way I get groups to appear in the list is to have typed the URL in there at least once. (e.g. mytenant.sharepoint.com/groupname/documents).

 

That's the bit my users struggle with - they really need a simple list of groups such as you get in Outlook when saving to a group (if only you could save to a sub-folder, but that's another story!!).

I still can't access to modern sites (Both Groups-Teams based and standalone) when saving an office file to SharePoint.

 

Reading other posts on the subject it seems the feature had some problems and was pushed back to internal builds:

 

Similar questions on the topic:

 

Hope to have feedback from Microsoft at some point... that's quite frustrating!

This is a big problem when trying to move staff over to Groups.   The only way I have been able to get around it (which is not a quick and easy solution) is to "Pin" my groups in the various applications.   It took a little time to get all those set up but in the long run works better than the save to desktop and then upload to the group every time.  

Check the answers to my post here!

 

The feature has been made better in the past months and it's currently in Insider Fast ring.

Hi

 

Thanks for that - and letting me know about the replies on the other post.

 

I've updated to the insider channel, and they are indeed there, albeit in a slightly (completely) random order :) Moving in the right direction - let's hope it hits general release sooner rather than later.

 

In the meantime, may also be worth checking out the Sync'ing of these libraries with OneDrive for Business. In the Fall Creator release of Windows, Files on Demand makes this a more usable solution, as you don't get all the files on your local PC - just those you're working on.

 

thanks

 

Angus

 

Hello,

 

I wanted to tack onto Christophe's original post about the Groups integration feature within the Office apps (Word, PowerPoint and Excel.) I'm a PM  on the Office team (specifically working on this integration with Groups) and wanted to give everyone a brief update on where we are on the release.

 

We originally targeted releasing this integration (the ability to open from and save Office files to Groups)  more broadly at the beginning of summer (May/June.) Thanks to some initial Insiders feedback, we adjusted the design to include groups that users have followed (as well as the ones that have been frequently used) and updated the file and location picking experience. Along the way, we found a number of issues that needed fixing before we exposed the feature more broadly. 

 

At this point, we've restarted the roll out with the October fork of Office 365, starting with Insiders. Our goal is to get the experience enabled for everyone in the next month or so. 

 

Let us know if you have questions and thank you for your patience as we roll out this feature!

 

Patrick

Angus,

 

Thanks for testing out the feature!

 

The ordering of the Groups in the Frequent list is based on activity within the Group, with more weight being placed on Groups that you have opened and saved files.

 

Hopefully that makes sense with what you are seeing but please let us know if that is not the case.

 

Patrick

Hi

 

Thanks very much for the clear update - much appreciated.

 

I'm on Office Insider, so am I right in thinking the experience I am seeing (with Frequent and Following) is what will make it into first release?

 

Couple of thoughts if that's OK...

1. Frequent is a bit messy and long in my case (35 sites), and there doesn't seem to be a way to remove entries?

2. Could/should following be in alphabetical order?

3. Could there be a favourites/pin facility, as in standard folders?

 

This is definitely getting there - I can just see it being a bit overwhelming for users as the frequent list fills up, and you can't see the more refined 'following' list without scrolling down...

 

Thanks

 

Angus

Solution

Angus,

Appreciate the feedback and keep it coming!

The experience you are seeing is what will likely be in the first release. 

To each of your points:

1) We are looking into different ways of making this list a bit easier to manage for future releases. The ability to remove a Group from the list is one of them, as well as supporting ways to filter the list.

2) I'll need to follow up on the ordering of the followed list. I believe it is ordered by when you followed the site on the SharePoint experience...

3) The ability to 'pin' a group is also something we are looking at for future releases. We already support a way to do this within the Office apps (you can pin a specific location to the Save As experience) but I think you are asking for something that appears wherever you access a Group (whether it be Outlook, SharePoint or Office) - correct?

Thanks!

Patrick 


@Angus Hamilton wrote:

Hi

 

Thanks very much for the clear update - much appreciated.

 

I'm on Office Insider, so am I right in thinking the experience I am seeing (with Frequent and Following) is what will make it into first release?

 

Couple of thoughts if that's OK...

1. Frequent is a bit messy and long in my case (35 sites), and there doesn't seem to be a way to remove entries?

2. Could/should following be in alphabetical order?

3. Could there be a favourites/pin facility, as in standard folders?

 

This is definitely getting there - I can just see it being a bit overwhelming for users as the frequent list fills up, and you can't see the more refined 'following' list without scrolling down...

 

Thanks

 

Angus


 

Thank you Finally someone responds who knows what they are talking about. the only documentation anywhere is the original roll out of May, nothing about anything feature being held back or any bugs about this since then. No wonder everyone keeps researching and led here desperately seeking answers to obvious shortcomings in a widely publicised badly pushed Teams feature. I don't see why this wasn't written into the code on day one as its such an obvious requirement. Teams should never have arrived without proper testing first by end users. Like the onedive/skydrive/onedrive buisness/win 10 onedrive saga Microsoft need to start employing people to point out the obvious before anything is released.

Its not good enough to be trying to train staff to use these new features when they aren't complete or keep changing. Onedrive has only recently accepted # in a file name. Seriously? How many years has it been alive now.

Patience shouldn't ever be needed, that's the problem right there. This requirement was obvious to any end user so how did they miss it at the Teams rollout.

Very good news. Thanks for the update.

 

We need a search / filter option on that list. We will have hundreds or thousands of groups.

 

Benoit

Any update on releasing this to the targeted channel?  This seems like a major integration that is missing for end users to embrace Groups and Teams, and it has been a requested feature for a very long time.  

@Eric Hepinstall - as we just went to the monthly update channel recently, this would not reach the semi- annual channel until 2019, if that is what you mean by 'targeted' channel. Let me know though if I misunderstood your question....

Between a bad group policy, and not fully understanding the current state of release schedules, I was behind on Office updates. I read up on the new channel naming, grabbed the latest ADMX and switched to monthly release. I now have version 1801 and can see the Groups/sites integration. Thanks!

For anyone searching, there are several levels of release schedules for the Office click-to-run program:
Insider, Monthly Channel Targeted (Insider program), Monthly Channel, Semi-annual Channel Targeted, Semi-Annual Channel.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/changes-to-slow-fast-level-names-for-office-insider-for-win...

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