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    So I am trying to figure out how in the world to send emails to a couple different groups of people. Each group is over 25 people. I send these emails frequently and usually it is for the purpose of quick announcements or last minute changes.......meaning I have to be able to do so from my phone not only my pc. This is such a simple task. Millions of business and service users do this everyday. Yet there is no way to do so from a windows phone without manually selecting each person every time. That is unacceptable. I have had two friends and co-workers switch to WP8 only to return them because of this lack of a very simple feature. Who would have thought emailing and texting from a smartphone would be so complicated. I do not see how any business would be able to pick up windows phone without this feature. I don't see people screaming at Microsoft about this though. Therefore, I presume I am an ***** and just don't know how to figure this out.

    My question is then how do I accomplish this simple task from my otherwise amazing WP8 device? Please someone help me!
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    Another thing that has annoyed me is that the mail app does not respect the 'reply-to' field.

    if you get an email from a generic email address with a 'reply-to' address that's different from the from address, email app still sends the email to the 'from' address and not to the 'reply-to' address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpm1984 View Post
    So I am trying to figure out how in the world to send emails to a couple different groups of people. Each group is over 25 people. I send these emails frequently and usually it is for the purpose of quick announcements or last minute changes.......meaning I have to be able to do so from my phone not only my pc. This is such a simple task. Millions of business and service users do this everyday. Yet there is no way to do so from a windows phone without manually selecting each person every time. That is unacceptable. I have had two friends and co-workers switch to WP8 only to return them because of this lack of a very simple feature. Who would have thought emailing and texting from a smartphone would be so complicated. I do not see how any business would be able to pick up windows phone without this feature. I don't see people screaming at Microsoft about this though. Therefore, I presume I am an ***** and just don't know how to figure this out.

    My question is then how do I accomplish this simple task from my otherwise amazing WP8 device? Please someone help me!
    in the people hub, create a group of such people. I think there is a limit of 20 people per group, so for your 25 people, create 2 groups.
    Then when you want to send out a mail to the group, in the 'To' type out the name of the group.
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    I send out emails and texts to groups all the time. Just create and name a a group and use the group name in the "to" field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpt15 View Post
    in the people hub, create a group of such people. I think there is a limit of 20 people per group, so for your 25 people, create 2 groups.
    Then when you want to send out a mail to the group, in the 'To' type out the name of the group.
    Thank you, however, my question says over 25. One of the groups is about 160 people. That would be 7 groups...............then when anyone comes and goes from that group I have to go find them and delete them and or add a new person in the correct group (if you did it alphabetically) and then if you had to add one more say B name but had no more space left in that group then your whole system is wrecked. That is a work around I have tried lol. That is not a solution for my problem but may help others. Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcrick View Post
    I send out emails and texts to groups all the time. Just create and name a a group and use the group name in the "to" field.
    Please read the original post.............you can only have 25 people in a group.................I need to put 160 in one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpm1984 View Post
    Please read the original post.............you can only have 25 people in a group.................I need to put 160 in one.
    I guess you can make 8 groups. Its cumbersome the first time, but it works
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpt15 View Post
    I guess you can make 8 groups. Its cumbersome the first time, but it works
    For the reasons I stated above that does not solve the problem only creates a whole series of other ones

    Not to mention all of those groups would then sync with my pc where I do not need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpm1984 View Post
    For the reasons I stated above that does not solve the problem only creates a whole series of other ones

    Not to mention all of those groups would then sync with my pc where I do not need them.
    what problems would it cause other than singing with your pc? Your contacts are synced anyway, its just the grouping which is added.
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    You can't send an email out to that many people at one time with windows phone. You may be able to do it with Office365 and if you do it frequently, it may be worth the cost.
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    @mpt15

    Quote Originally Posted by rpm1984 View Post
    Thank you, however, my question says over 25. One of the groups is about 160 people. That would be 7 groups...............then when anyone comes and goes from that group I have to go find them and delete them and or add a new person in the correct group (if you did it alphabetically) and then if you had to add one more say B name but had no more space left in that group then your whole system is wrecked. That is a work around I have tried lol. That is not a solution for my problem but may help others. Thanks again
    I guess I could make 26 groups..........you know a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h...................lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by gapost View Post
    You can't send an email out to that many people at one time with windows phone. You may be able to do it with Office365 and if you do it frequently, it may be worth the cost.
    Gotcha I pay a prescription every month for Office now I think that is office 365 right? I am confused about the difference between Office and Office 365. Can I use office 365 to send out that many emails from my phone?
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    I just checked I do have office 365 Home Premium
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    There is an option to create groups in Office 365. Look at the website under People, when you are logged in. Go to New and create Group and let us know if you can add 160 people. If you don't have your contacts in there, you may need to import them so you can add them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gapost View Post
    There is an option to create groups in Office 365. Look at the website under People, when you are logged in. Go to New and create Group and let us know if you can add 160 people. If you don't have your contacts in there, you may need to import them so you can add them.
    Ok I did this if what you are talking about is the same as outlook.com. I have added like 40 people so well beyond the 25.......that group syncs with my phone and all of those contacts are in that group on my phone. However, it will not let me do anything with that group (text, email, or even see whats new) until I reduce the number to twenty five. So what you are saying is........................I could log onto outlook.com compose and send the email from there? Outlook.com should let me send to the whole group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gapost View Post
    There is an option to create groups in Office 365. Look at the website under People, when you are logged in. Go to New and create Group and let us know if you can add 160 people. If you don't have your contacts in there, you may need to import them so you can add them.
    gapost I don't know you but I love you!!!!!!!!! This worked I just tried it and I just sent out a test email from my phone logged into outlook.com. I sent out more than the 25 limit........not sure how many and they all sent.

    I just went to outlook and opened a new blank email with the group I want in the "to" box and then pinned it to my start page. Now if I want to send out a mass email I just hit that icon it takes me right there and I do it.............simple done overwith. I knew I must just be an ***** and couldn't figure it out lol. Thanks so much
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    It's called a distribution group, who ever manages your business email can show you how to create one. This isn't a limit of the phone, it would some something you create on the email side.

    side note: It's this kind of silliness that drives me nuts as an IT professional by the way. If you need to send an email to 160 people, then there is a process that needs to change. That's called SPAM.
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    This is certainly a case of using the wrong tool for the job.

    Quote Originally Posted by Funky Cricket View Post
    It's called a distribution group, who ever manages your business email can show you how to create one ... it would some something you create on the email side.
    This, exactly. Create a distribution list on your email server, and email the distribution list from your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Funky Cricket View Post
    side note: It's this kind of silliness that drives me nuts as an IT professional by the way. If you need to send an email to 160 people, then there is a process that needs to change. That's called SPAM.
    Oh come on. I can think of legitimate reasons to send an email to 160 people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I can think of legitimate reasons to send an email to 160 people.
    ...from your phone?
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    This is a problem for iOS and Android too, I believe. All the native methods of managing contact groups are limited and do not sync with your e-mail accounts.

    WP cannot 'see' personal distribution lists from any e-mail account type. This has something to do with not supporting the message class called IPM.DistList. Apart from 3rd party alternatives, the only other built-in method is when using Exchange server, you can type in or search in the Global Address List for centrally created Distribution Groups that have been setup in your Exchange/Active Directory environment which is how I use it. This also works with Office 365, assuming you use Exchange.

    I do share your frustration and you're not alone, perhaps consider adding your vote to one of the many UserVoice suggestions on the same subject. Feature Suggestions: Top (33509 ideas)
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    Right now, we do not have Office365 active, but we will beginning using it soon. I have been frustrated that I could not send and email to one of my Outlook distribution lists as they don't transfer over to your phone if your aren't using Exchange/Office365. I will be so glad to have that capability in the near future and good to know the exchange distribution lists will handle bulk email. Just so people are clear, you have to be using Exchange or Office365 to have a distribution list that will work through your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Funky Cricket View Post
    It's called a distribution group, who ever manages your business email can show you how to create one. This isn't a limit of the phone, it would some something you create on the email side.

    side note: It's this kind of silliness that drives me nuts as an IT professional by the way. If you need to send an email to 160 people, then there is a process that needs to change. That's called SPAM.


    Sorry but what you said is not correct, in that, it is a limitation on the phone. You can not use the phone to email more than 25 people. You have to log on to outlook.com and send it from there. There is no way to make a group larger than 25 and send an email to them from your phone. I had already made a distribution list of 35 people on outlook.com but on the phone it would not let you do anything with that group until you reduced the number to 25. Now I have all the people I need in a group on outlook.com and can go there directly from my start screen and send a mass email. However, that is not from the phone because microsofts limitations on the device will not allow more than 25.

    Silliness also drives me crazy...............my pastor is one of the people who took his phone back for his android. There are over 200 people on a prayer request line that he emails daily with peoples concerns. Usually, while he is not near his PC. This is not spam. And it also is the right tool for the job with Android.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envio View Post
    This is a problem for iOS and Android too, I believe. All the native methods of managing contact groups are limited and do not sync with your e-mail accounts.

    WP cannot 'see' personal distribution lists from any e-mail account type. This has something to do with not supporting the message class called IPM.DistList. Apart from 3rd party alternatives, the only other built-in method is when using Exchange server, you can type in or search in the Global Address List for centrally created Distribution Groups that have been setup in your Exchange/Active Directory environment which is how I use it. This also works with Office 365, assuming you use Exchange.

    I do share your frustration and you're not alone, perhaps consider adding your vote to one of the many UserVoice suggestions on the same subject. Feature Suggestions: Top (33509 ideas)

    Android is capable of doing this. I used it for my lists and also my pastor is currently using his android 2.2 to do this.

    Thanks for the suggestion I voted as much as I could haha

    Also for clarity I accomplished this with Office 365
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    Actually, I have been messing around with this today, and can't get my groups to show up on my phone. They are showing up on my local computer in Outlook and they are showing up in my Contacts list in Office365. But they don't transfer over to my phone, even though I have my Office365 account set up on my phone. Anyone have any ideas?
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