Microsoft Groups – Live No More
It seems like a long time ago, in a galaxy far away, that Microsoft touted “LIVE” services for all. “Microsoft Live” died a while back but the carcass kept twitching a little. Some remnants are still there. Just go to your OneDrive and look at the URL and the left pane.
Microsoft Groups was a neat service, especially for small groups or organizations. There was a group webpage, discussions, sharing of photos, and mail. Each group had an email address and a message sent to the group went out to all the members. Very nice and useful.
Slowly Microsoft eviscerated the group features. The group website has been gone for a long time. Discussion were stopped last year. Old groups still show up in OneDrive. Clicking on “Groups” reveals that death is imminent.
Now there is this message: “Sorry, you cannot create new groups or invite people to existing groups in OneDrive. You can still work with existing groups the way you used to.”
Oh, really? What good is a group if you can’t add members?
Sadly, it got even worse. You can write a message for the group and send it to the group email address just as in the past. The message, however will not go out. Microsoft couldn’t even get the death notice right. It winds up in the Junk folder:
The response from an entity calling itself “The Outlook.com Team” says:
“Sorry, you can no longer send email to groups. Please email the group members individually.”
Email was the last vestige of usefulness of Microsoft groups. What remains is not worth keeping. This is a most shabby way to kill groups. Is there no decency, no pride left in Redmond?
© 2015 Ludwig Keck