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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.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think this is a good way to increase adoption of Teams. I have heard a lot of my co-workers say they don't want to use Teams because it is just another program they have to check in addition to Outlook. With email and teams together, they would only have to use one.

      • Tom Wills commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would love an Outlook tab as well. One app for all of my communication (sharepoint, planner, email, chat, etc...) Then an integration where is your team is tagged in an email, it has that email thread on that channel as well. Everything is one nice hub.

      • Jason lee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I came across a workaround for this today.

        Create a team that just has one team member... you.
        Add OWA via a website tab. Boom Email in Teams.
        FWIW, owa logs in in a tab automagically.

        Add Tabs in "YOUR" team for features you always use, staff intranet etc.
        Fill up a row of tabs, add a second channel to your own team.

        FWIW, VMware Horizon Desktop runs in a Teams website tab.

        If only another instance/tenant of teams ran in a tab too.

      • Susi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Outlook in Teams is one of my Favorite Features... One App for everything we are working with the whole day… Maybe it is just about notify and reading, similar to word, excel tabs… open the app by behaviour as a first step.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Teams has become a second inbox for me to keep track of. Switching back and forth is tiresome and breaks focus again and again. I want one place that serves as my communication hub.

      • Matt Armstrong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm going to be a contrarian and say that this defeats the purpose of having the two different types of communication. I like having two separate apps. I think integrations between the two would be most helpful, but not the same app.

      • Jim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the largest item from our user feedback in our organization. Teams is great, but moving between Outlook and Teams is completely unnecessary and certain functions aren't as smooth between Teams and Outlook as they are with other Office apps. A solid E-mail client that is integrated in as a tab in Teams is the missing piece.

      • RW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It could at least act as a link to another app, which on mobile would simply switch over to Outlook, which should have the same option to switch back.

      • ITPro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be fantastic and significantly drive adoption rates of teams. Everyone is dependent on outlook. If you move outlook to teams, you will have an influx of teams users.

      • Marco Weber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having a single tool for all communication & collaboration tasks (including extrenal communication = email) is an important requirement. And as far as i see, teams already has the foundation to at least integrate outlook online. ;-)

      • Jeff Parker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I had a scan through the comments for this suggestion and it is interesting that there are diverse views of the value of the idea. The reality is that email exists and is not going away in any hurry, so better off embracing it and finding the best way to integrate it. It still has a place in modern organisations.

        My use-case for this idea is that for a project there is always email communications with clients, stakeholders, partners, etc. who are not in Teams, and that the members of the Team need to interact with and also see the past email communications for reference, and use it as a place to store project-related emails.

        What I'd like to see is that you could connect a Team and/or Channel to an Outlook Folder (accessible only to members of the Team, and that could also have sub-folders) that would contain all the emails related to the project.

        At present it is very disjointed and leads to confusion, missed information and bad work-around (e.g. putting emails in SharePoint). If everything related to a Team was available fully in Teams, then team productivity and effectiveness would increase.

      • Iain Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any update? It's been 5 months since this entered review and it has many votes.

        If further time is required to consider the implications, I believe it should be relatively easy and quick to provide an app to access Outlook online.

      • Chris Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ugh please no. Why bloat unrelated software with email? Let's get rid of email in favor of something faster and less pointlessly formal.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        any update on this feature? is it planned? Teams including email would be the solution for a centralized launch pad for my team

      • Justin H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently in the enterprise environment, we have the followings communication tools from Microsoft:
        1. Outlook (mailbox and Group shared mailboxes)
        2. Skype for Business
        3. Skype
        4. Teams
        5. web browsers (SharePoint, Yammer)

        This leads to the following issues:
        A. The fragmentation (trying to remember on which tool you or someone said something) is a pain point, which end users have to manually search in each app;
        B. The number of different desktop client need to be installed and trained on the end user's computer just keeps increasing, and since not all are supported by Office 365 ProPlus installer nor Office Deployment Tool (ODT), the costs (time and labor) to keep them up to date also increas;
        C. Switching between multiple apps is particular time consuming, especially when needed to sign in multiple times where there is limited Single Sign-On (SSO) solution for an ADFS on-prem environment.

      • Oleg Nikulin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why are you (featured team) reviewing it for so long when it’s a matter of minutes to do? Every Teams user can just create tab that opens outlook.ofiice.com website. It would be just more convinient to access it in left menu instead of in tab of some team.

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