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.
The feature team is still reviewing, there is lots of discussion about this item and I hope to have a decision soon.
Alex tech commented
just embed the web version of Outlook into it I would say to begin with. Outlook is very powerful, but sometimes indeed you just need a quick look and do not need to use a full blown outlook
James Ward commented
I would love to replace Outlook with Teams. Make Teams a one stop shop for communication/collaboration.
Tony Hughes commented
Come on guys its a must, these days my inbox is the only reason I have to leave the Teams environment.
This would essentially replace Outlook - there is too much overlap already -but it makes sense - I wish that Teams was simple yet excellent web conferencing tool S4B one was...
Jeff Layton commented
This would be a phenomenal feature, I already like the Calendar in Teams better then the outlook Calendar because I can see every single participant, their response tracking, and every detail of the meeting in 1 screen.
Joshua Toon commented
Please do this. It would be awesome.
Laurance Sinagra commented
Also, I think that Warren might be like Tom from Myspace ... ficticious.
Laurance Sinagra commented
I'd be happy to use one or the other but not both. I've read the below comments about efficiencies and inefficiencies as a result of either having or not having Outlook integrated into Teams. My company has been using email as it's main communication tool since email has been around. Teams has just been implemented and there seems to be some people using Teams and others using Outlook, this to me is inefficient. It's like having another email address that you consistently forget to check.
Not sure why adding an app that you can choose to add into Teams [or not add] is causing some people to have a meltdown. Let the love in!
This is my biggest roadblock to rolling this out to my firm. We need a way to group firm-wide (all team member) conversations with each of our clients into one "team" or "channel" (for us team = client name; channel = various projects or services being provided). Forwarding emails is not working consistently.
Also on another note: if I could make a particular channel within the team to be available only for our client, we could begin to train them to use the app as a guest user to communicate with us. In this way our client would have a private portal and the ability to show specific progress reports with them.
There doesn't seem to be any update on this since last year. I would have thought the Windows 10 Email APP Ui would be perfect, with the ability to add an email to a conversion along with a file if there was an attachment. There would be some smarts needs however to ignore images etc included in email signatures etc.
+1 for adding some sort of [simple] email tab that provides basic functionality from outlook like the meetings tab.
Joel Frenette commented
Let's get rid of Skype for Business and Outlook all together! If we can LIVE in 1 APP all day long that would be fabulous.
Let's just get rid of outlook and only use teams for everything! *Sarcasm*
Louis Welcomme commented
Warren please also consider Tasks. Especially useful for Dynamics 365 users.
I do understand that teams and Outlook are targeting different types of communication- but I have a generation gap to leap ("Email is ruler" people vs. "why can't I have slack" people).
It would be helpful to get both generations on the same page/application. It may help sway the email people because right now they just say, "I didn't see that, its in that new team thing isn't it? Doesn't matter, I'm the boss so check your email."
Its defeating your goals and its easily solved by adding some sort of Outlook viewer in Teams left hand navigation.
Dan Mulligan commented
If Microsoft wants to drive user adoption of teams, then we have to acknowledge we have a multi-generation workforce. With this in mind, Boomers and Gen X are still very e-mail focused and need to be pulled into teams. Asking them to work somewhere else in a separate client is not efficient or productive.
I see Teams as the hub for all office 365 services on a device much like the browser-based version of office 365 is now with easy access to all services. Think of how easy and productive it would be for a user to collaborate in teams while being able to access e-mail, SharePoint sites, OneDrive and more quickly.
What else can we do to get this feature prioritized & into production? Even if it is just a notification in Teams, that we got an email, that would work. My team would then be able to keep TEAMS as our main application open and in front.
In general though...thanks for Teams... we love it!
Mayno Cabellon commented
Would be great not just have an Outlook tab but to provide more flexibility to add a shortcut to Outlook Inbox and Outlook Calendar. The shortcut would basically take the user to the specific Outlook area clicked on (Calendar, Inbox etc.).
Matt Armstrong commented
There was a very particular reason Email was not included at the core of teams and I’m very opposed to seeing it pulled in. Integrations I can get, but this is not an e-mail client. The number one reason I see people wanting this is user adoption, but the problem is that the new users who would adopt with this feature would just sit in the email section, providing no benefit. You would be massively bloating a product (in features and resources) in order to pull in a minority of users who are over-attached to their email! Life lives in different apps, and users need to be used to this. While I like to see Teams become more central and core to people’s workflows, that’s not a viable or feasible goal. Users live in the Windows OS. App-switching therein—where their lives are—is normal and to be expected, especially for completely different kinds of business communication. Don’t conflate the two.
Lisa Snell Kern commented
I really need this integration in order to manage my personal workload as well as my team collaborations. We are implementing Teams in my organization but this is my biggest hurdle in order to manage my individual work time. Any update?