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% of a team to participate, it breaks. If a tool does not allow 100% of those who need to be involved to participate equally, if breaks and our users and clients have far too many alternative solutions that they can easily adopt (Slack etc.) to quickly and efficiently do their jobs.
Finally, making external parties sign up for a Microsoft account (such as Hotmail) to authenticate against any collaboration service does not work, and better approach is required and needed.
The #1 requested feature for Microsoft Teams is now here!
We’re starting to roll out the ability to add anyone as a guest in Microsoft Teams. This means that anyone with a business or consumer email account, such as Outlook.com, Gmail.com or others, can participate as a guest in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings and files.
Thank you all for your feedback and support!
bob sievewright commented
I have many external customers and partners who all use Office365, therefore have an authenticated login. The ability to collaborate on projects together in a team environment would be brilliant. this we have done using 3rd party tools.
For teams to succeed we would need the ability to invite external people to my team space.
Dan B commented
If I could only... add external collaborators from my LinkedIn contacts
Craig Arnoldt commented
A Microsoft Account (or ID) can be any existing email address. It does not have to be hotmail or outlook.com.
Scott Smith commented
Agree with this and further, it would be awesome if we could invite additional members / contributors to channels within the team but not the whole team. An example is we run a sales team and have a channel for each customer account. There are external and internal contributors that are relevant for some channels (customers) but not all. Thanks guys, love this.
Rockford Lhotka commented
All teams appear to be "private", so explicit invites are required. I'd like a company-wide team that includes channels of interest to all our employees, but that appears impossible at the moment?
When working in Teams, theres the odd chance of needing to extend your team briefly. I.e create a channel where you can invite non team members to participate. Preferably non team member should be able to be outside the org also.
At least two cases:
1. Invite with full channel access.
2. invite to just the one thread/discussion within a channel.
Joerg Hochwald commented
A interesting feature. Mostly because others (e.g. slack, hipchat) have such a feature.
And I think that nearly everybody needs such a feature... collaboration goes beyond all the company boarders today.
I assumed this could be solved by adding Guests to the O365 Group behind the Team, which I did. But alas, those Guests don't show up in the Teams view of the O365 Group.