Outlook for Mac now supports creating Office 365 Groups in Insider Fast

The Outlook & Groups team is hard at work to continuously bring new Office 365 group capabilities to Outlook for Mac. You can now create a group, starting with the 16.9 (171226) release! Groups in Outlook for Mac is only available to Office 365 subscribers.

The create group command can be found in the Outlook menu, under File > New > Group.

You can create a group in 3 easy steps:




Note that this feature respects the company policies set by your administrators. If you cannot find the create group command, then this capability might not be enabled for you. Please talk to your IT department for assistance.

We would love to hear from you, so please do provide feedback and report bugs, via Help > Contact Support. If you would like to see enhancements and additions to this feature, (or Mac Outlook as a whole), please vote for the idea on our UserVoice site (Help > Suggest a Feature)



Is this for any version of MS Outlook Mac, or just the O365 license? Many of us are using the Volume License from our company and to date the O365 Groups features haven't been made available there.


If not, is there a specific reason why these features aren't supported in the Volume license? I mean, the mail component works when connected to Office 365 - why aren't Groups?


Groups is currently not supported for volume license. At this point it is hard to give a concrete timeline on when it will get enabled for Outlook Mac client with volume license.

Regular Contributor

Strangely not seeing this capability in Outlook build 16.10 (180102) and I do have the capability to create Groups, Office 365 E3 tenant

Occasional Contributor

I also do not see the ability to create a new group. I tested in the latest production build, 16.9.18011602, and in the latest Insider Fast build, 16.10.18011401. Neither have the Groups option. I am able to create Groups in my Outlook for Windows instance. Was this removed from the insider builds temporarily?


We're currently investigating an issue where Group gets temporarily hidden under File > New. There are other places where you can find create group command:

  • Ribbon (Home) > New Items > Group
  • Right-click command on Groups node in the left nav


Occasional Contributor

Hi Maria,


Both of the options, right-clicking the Groups node and trying through the ribbon > new items, doesn't allow for the option to create Groups either.