Public folder versus Shared mailbox for only a global contacts list

A client of me with Office 365 mail accounts wants to have a contacts list in Outlook that is shared for all of the users and can be easily changed when needed.
I would say a public folder is the best for this, but it can also be done using a shared mailbox.

what is the common idea on this?

If a document pops up that public folder is really used / advised for this then I would love to see this so I can convince the client to use a public folder :)

PS: Outlook for mac is used and 1 user does want his contacts list IN the MAC contacts app.
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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Why use either?  Create the contacts under Recipients > Contacts so they'll be populated in the GAL.
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Nick LoendersAuthor Commented:
Todd, and who is going to change the names, addresses, phones, other info then ?
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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Whomever they decide to assign?  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/rmilne/2013/11/21/creating-rbac-role-to-delegate-editing-contacts/

Really not a great practice to give everyone the ability to add, remove and change contacts at will--especially when the plan is to share with all users.
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Nick LoendersAuthor Commented:
Well that is the same in public folders, concerning the rights.

But with contacts, they only get them in the GAL ?
and not in a 'addressbook' then?
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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Personally, I don't care how it gets accomplished.  I would not do it that way.  I'm am just providing an optional method that you did not state.

Contacts from the GAL can always be added personal contacts.
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Nick LoendersAuthor Commented:
todd:  I would not do it that way
Then how would you do it?
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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Let me clarify.  I would do it the way I proposed.  I would not use public folders or a shared mailbox.
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KoenChange and Transition ManagerCommented:
definitely not a public folder... will eventually disappear, Microsoft already tried once to get rid of them (back in 2012).
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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
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