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.
Adding email as a left tab panel remains under review. We are working on adding several Teams and email integrations:
- Share to Teams: Share a copy of an email and any attachments into a chat or channel directly from Outlook
- Share to Outlook: Share a copy of a channel or chat conversation via email directly from Teams
- Actionable Teams Activity Emails: Teams missed activity emails display the latest replies and allow you to reply directly from Outlook
See this post for more information:
David Threadgold commented
Teams Calendar - practically useless unless you add the functionality to colour code different calendar entries. It needs to sync with outlook categorization colours. Surely that's within Microsoft capability to develop?
Marcel Ponton commented
Eventually Teams will replace Outlook as a totally integrated product.
David Lavenda commented
it already exists in the Microsoft Appsource - try it here: https://appsource.microsoft.com/product/office/WA200002338?src=website&mktcmpid=UVoice1
It is going to be truly and ultimate productivity tools if there is outlook tab within teams. Its been contra-productive having to go back and forward between Outlook and Teams. Microsoft should consider this.
This is just a stickng plaster over the real issue - which is that all team chats really are is conversations organized into a common structure. If Chats fuctionality were redesigned around conversations, then email and chats could be unified.
Outlook should definitely be added as a tab option in teams. It will be a one stop shop for companies
Matt Koz commented
This would be great. Currently, we have to have Teams and Outlook opened at the same time. Why not be able to check your email in Teams? It would be way more efficient. The Collaboratorium says Outlook is integrated in Teams, but it is not.
Peter Baumert commented
Come on guys this isnt rocket science, just add the Outlook Web App as a Tab to the left for the moment. this should work out of the box already.
No email in teams? Absolutely ridiculous!
It should be incorporated. People mentions problems regarding bloated and memory usage however, Outlook as a stand Alone application uses memory as well. By not using Outlook you could save some memory as well. Also, flagged email including attachments should be appeared in teams tasks tab.
Tobias Kinzner commented
It would be very helpful, if an e-mail-client will be a installable app to use in Teams. If you don't want to use it, it's alright. But for other users it will be a great help for their daily work.
You don't have to put all Outlook features in this app - this is probably too heavy. But the features of the simple Mail-App from Windows10 will be sufficient for a start of the development.
Bouke Haarsma commented
I second Robert Barbrow's comment: please don't do this. E-mail lives in Outlook. Chat and Meetings in Teams. It's way too slow and bloated already.
Watch the following explanation on how to add the web version to teams:
Robert Barbrow commented
Please don't do this. its already way to bloated.
Yes please - came here to request this. Being able to work from Teams alone rather than back and forth to Outlook would be very helpful, especially when working across multiple shared mailboxes.
Having Outlook Email and Contacts functionality in Teams would be a time-saver - staying in one application for the majority of my work is desirable.
Actually,, a lot of people want the outlook web app experience embedded in Teams, but we can't really offer that. It's not dissapointing atm but would be a very powerful addition especially in customer-related teams or teams with shared mailboxes and calender :)
Agree with having your Outlook experience available in Teams then there finally no need for Outlook desktop app :)
Rieks Visser commented
This would be great, or as an app you can install. Having everything in one location would be great.