Are you still thinking in Distribution lists?

Working with a lot of customers, allows me to see a lot of different things and how comapnies work. I still see some confusion about O365 groups and the traditional distribution lists in Exchange. So sometimes I prefer to organize a meeting to explain some of the features that each of the solutions has, and then set a plan focused on the way of working of the company. So here it is the main point about O365 Groups and DL.

Office 365 Groups vs distribution lists

Distribution list Office 365 Group
Functionalities Enables users to send emails to all members of a group. In addition to the distribution list’s feature, integrates with SharePoint, Yammer, Team, Planner, OneNote, and PowerBI.
PowerShell management Yes, sample cmdlet: Set-DistributionGroup. Yes, sample cmdlet: Set-UnifiedGroup.
EAC management Yes. Yes.
Can send emails to all members of a list Yes, both for internal and external senders. Yes, both for internal and external senders.
Shared inbox No, emails are only distributed to members. Yes.
Defining access type Not available. The option is available.
Document library Not available. Set up automatically in SharePoint.
Shared calendar Not available. Set up automatically.
Required license Any AAD subscription (including free.) Free AAD subscription is enough for most Office 365 Groups’ features. For a full list of available features visit this article.
Restore a deleted group Not available. Office 365 group can be restored for up to 30 days after deletion.
Dynamic membership Possible with Dynamic Distribution Groups. Requires Azure AD premium subscription.

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