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  1. External Access and Federation

    Collaboration is a core element of how we work which requires the creation of extended teams on a project or long term engagement. Whilst the majority of our teams are internal staff, there is still a critical element of any project that requires the inclusion of our clients and/or external vendors. It is imperative that Microsoft Teams allows for the easy (but secure) inclusion of external parties for the length of any project or engagement.

    This is why historically products like Groups etc. have not been adopted as widely as we would hope. If the tool only allows for 60-70%…

    5,669 votes
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      451 comments  ·  Privacy and Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hey guys, I’m rallying to get you more info. In the meantime, here’s the official response from our PR team:

      “We are actively working on guest access. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned for more."

      I share in your frustration and promise we are dedicated to delivering this feature, and I promise to continue to advocate for you. I appreciate your investment in us and Teams’ success.

      If you have any questions, as always — just email or tweet.

      -Suphatra

      Twitter: skprufo Email: sparavimicrosoft.com

    • Support for Private Channels

      Looking for the ability to create a channel that only channel members can see. Private channels are available in slack. There is an admin for private channels who is the creator, and they are the ones who add/remove users.

      Five types of public/privacy that is being asked for by users:

      - Public-Open (visible anywhere including outside the org and anyone can join)
      - Public-Invitation (visible anywhere including outside the org, must be invited)
      - Company-Open (only visible inside the org and anyone in the org can join; outside the org must be invited)
      - Company-Invitation (only visible inside the org,…

      3,775 votes
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        375 comments  ·  Teams and Channels  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hiya again folks.

        I just wanted to write and let you know that I updated the idea to better reflect the vibrant discussion in the community about exactly what a private channel means. It looks like there are five definitions — shout out to user John Black who wrote it out so elegantly. I’ve included that description in the original idea.

        We still have this item under review, and I’m personally interested in seeing if this request is further changed when we release guest access (coming super soon!) this summer. Stay tuned, stay cool, and as always, thanks for your support of Teams.

        Sincerely,
        Suphatra

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          453 comments  ·  Presence  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Need full capabilities of Planner in Teams

          Right now you can add a new tab for Planner in Teams. However, you are not afforded all the capabilities of Planner in this tab. Its really "Planner Lite." Here are some items you cannot do with Planner in Teams:

          1) If you create a Planner in Teams, it will not be shown in Planner itself!
          2) you can go to the group (in web outlook) wich is automatically created for the team and click there on planner and it will take you to the planner for the new group, which then cannot be displayed at teams, but the team…

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            planned  ·  205 comments  ·  Planner  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Complete Skype for Business Integration into Teams

            Honestly, this is a tall order due to the fact that Teams was not launched this way in the first place, but my real world experience, and feedback from the field, is that having Skype-for-Business-like functions in Teams (chat/Presence/etc) be separate from Skype for Business itself is not only confusing for many users, but inhibits adoption. Users want to consolidate the number of apps they use, not increase it. I personally find this to be true.

            Teams is an incredible tool with so much potential, but living and breathing in Skype for Business, like so many of us do, Teams…

            2,517 votes
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              98 comments  ·  Video and Phone Calling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Include Office 365 group calendar in teams

              It would be good to be able to click on a calendar button on the left hand side to get a view of the Office 365 groups calendar as you would in the calendar app. Good for being able to look and get a glimpse of what is coming up with the group. At the moment I have to go back to the calendar to look at it.

              2,466 votes
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                123 comments  ·  Planner  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                So it turns out there are some several external dependencies that are hindering our plans for this feature. We are pulling it back into review so we can determine feasibility. Here’s to hoping we find a way to bring this to you — right now its very difficult. We are not taking this off the table though; we know this is an important feature, so we’re tracking the external dependencies to see where they land.

                Thanks,
                Suphatra

              • Please create a professional compact chat layout!

                I really like Teams. I do. But the current chat layout is not suited for professional chats. It's way to space consuming. It looks like something imported from MSN with smiley's that take half of the screen. I would say that Slack have nailed it because they focused on the ability keeping a tight window with lots of chat text visible. In Teams the window is full and starts scrolling after like 10 sentences.

                2,166 votes
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                  189 comments  ·  UX/Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hi everyone,

                  Quick update that we have made incremental changes and you should start to see those white margins becoming much thinner and chat getting more dense in the coming weeks. It will not be the fully dense mode, but it will be moderate changes so not to jar our full user base. These changes are being implemented across the board, so this is NOT a compact chat mode that is an optional setting, but permanent changes to the UI to increase density.

                  I’m keeping this item on the “working on it” status because we are going to continue making the product more dense overall. We’ll continue to update you as we make progress.

                  Big and special thanks to the hundreds of you who participated in the user research. It gave us really great information to make these permanent changes. THANK YOU!

                  Sincerely,
                  Suphatra

                • Ability to see who is in a channel

                  Ability to see who is currently in a channel. Hipchat and Slack have this feature

                  2,037 votes
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                    145 comments  ·  Teams and Channels  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow use of existing OneNotes/documents for channels

                    My team has a pre-existing OneNote. It would be really helpful to be able to create a tab that uses this, rather than being forced to start with a blank notebook.

                    1,754 votes
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                      86 comments  ·  Planner  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      It brings me double-rainbow level happiness to give you an update on this item.

                      I know I’ve been mum about it, because I work on the Teams team and this feature request is dependent on the OneNote team, which is a building of purple-caped productivity superheroes in another part of campus. But I’ve gone to the promise land and I have good news to share:

                      Coding has started on this item. I can’t tell you when it’s going to be done, but I can assure you ITS COMING!

                      And you know why?

                      Because of your support, enthusiasm, and love of not just Microsoft Teams, but OneNote and Microsoft as your source of ultimate productivity. Thanks for believing in both of these products, using them like champs, and pushing us to make them both better. Me and @LauraCatPJs thank you.

                      Sincerely,
                      Suphatra

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                        190 comments  ·  Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        This gained a lot of traction five months ago and seems to have tappered off. Now that we’ve created “Follow a channel” — do you still have a business need for this feature? If so, could you share that information in the thread here on UserVoice, under this item.

                        Thank you,
                        Suphatra

                      • Code snippets

                        I would like code snippets with highlighting based on code language. And for snippets longer than X lines, a "show more" button (like slack)

                        1,684 votes
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                          88 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Linux client

                          My team has some users on Linux, and one benefit Slack has is a Linux client. Without a Linux client on Microsoft Teams, some orgs may have to turn away in favor of Slack so everyone can participate without keeping a browser open all the time.

                          1,591 votes
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                            243 comments  ·  Interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to archive channels and chats

                            Would be nice if we had the ability to archive channels. For example: we created a channel for a specific project. Once the project is complete, we can archive that channel or at least move it out of the primary view. I could see the channel list getting large and clunky quickly with multiple projects many of which are complete.

                            Also, when a conversation in the channel is complete it should be archived or hidden.

                            1,292 votes
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                              72 comments  ·  Privacy and Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi everyone,

                              First, I want to remind you that we have had legal archiving in the product for a long time. That means all messages are retained in a compliance folder automatically for you. For more info on this, read here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Top-Features-of-Microsoft-Teams-amp-Information-Protection-in/ba-p/63046

                              Secondly, for those seeking an end-user way to archive content (essentially, for non-legal reasons), I am happy to report we are actively working on giving you a way to archive channels. We should have this to you soon.

                              Lastly, archiving chats is a separate work item that we still have in review, as that is harder to solve for. I will let you know when this work begins.

                              Thanks and hope everyone has a nice weekend.

                              Suphatra

                            • Hide the reply button under every message

                              The "reply" button is WAY too large under each message. I recommend either making the button just a smaller icon and off to the side of a message, or only showing it on hover.

                              1,219 votes
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                                105 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                We got a flood of feedback in research not to eliminate this button completely, but to minimize it. So you’ll see a design change soon that makes the Reply button a little bit less conspicuous.

                                Let me know if you have any questions!

                                Suphatra

                              • Enable screen sharing without video call

                                Enable an option to start a screen sharing session without starting a video call. This is a common use case in our organization.

                                1,169 votes
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                                  127 comments  ·  Interoperability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi everyone — good news and bad news. Good news is that I have an update from Engineering. Bad news is that they just let me know this has hit some road blocks and we won’t be hitting July’s target date. This is now expected to be delivered in September.

                                  I am sorry for the delay and will update you as this gets nearer to completion! Feel free to ping me if you want to be a beta tester for this feature!

                                  Thanks and hope everyone is enjoying their summer,
                                  Suphatra

                                • Access to email from left tab panel

                                  If there was an Outlook tab integrated on the left, similar to the Meetings tab (which is effectively the Outlook calendar), one could stay in Teams all day and not have to switch out.

                                  1,066 votes
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                                    228 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • I want to use multiple Teams accounts at the same time

                                    LOG INTO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
                                    Original user posted:
                                    I would like to heave this multi-team/tenant option within “MS Teams”, like in Slack. Currently I’m in four different organization. They’re using all office365, three of them now changed from Slack to Teams. I’ve to permanently login/logout to switch to the related MS Team. This is really time consuming.

                                    Another user says:
                                    We need the ability to sign in with multiple accounts. Many of us have several O365 accounts for various reasons (consulting, etc), and we’d need to be able to access teams directly.
                                    This is not a federation or B2B scenario, but…

                                    1,062 votes
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                                      146 comments  ·  Teams and Channels  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Mute or leave a group chat

                                      Have a possibility to mute a group chat, so no sound or mobile notification should be received fora user that chooses to mute some group chat. Also let me be able to leave it completely if I want to.

                                      1,049 votes
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                                        127 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi everyone,

                                        “Leave a chat” is currently in our Ring 1 for internal testing, so you’ll see it soon once it passes our validation tests.

                                        “Must a chat” is on the backlog, so we haven’t started work on this yet.

                                        Hope you’re enjoying your July!

                                        Suphatra

                                      • slash commands are a must-have

                                        Slash commands for just about every type of function are a must have. They are familiar and easy to use without having to touch your mouse, they are UI-agnostic. Admittedly not terribly discoverable – but the UI is even worse, as their is no real option for auto-completion of UI elements, now is there?

                                        981 votes
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                                          20 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Reduce memory usage and improve slow performance

                                          Team is a memory hog! 100s MB! Slack is about 50.

                                          858 votes
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                                            125 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hi everyone, I sent over your feedback to the performance team and they let me know they are actively working on this.

                                            “Our development organization is continually working to improve product performance and has several efforts currently underway around memory usage, action responsiveness and application start time. Updates which improve performance are part of our regular update process. Thank you for your feedback regarding the performance of Microsoft Teams.”

                                            I will check in on them in a few weeks to see if we can get exact numbers/details on what’s been improved, and I’ll let you know.

                                            Meanwhile, have a great weekend and don’t forget to set your clocks forward by an hour for Daylight Savings!

                                            Sincerely,
                                            Suphatra

                                            Email: sparavi@microsoft.com
                                            Twitter: www.twitter.com/skprufo

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