Connect with "Groups" conversation in Outlook
I was surprised that conversations within Teams doesn't show up inside the conversation thread in Outlook Groups. Please consider at least connecting the "General" channel with the Outlook Conversation.
Thanks for the feedback.
We are considering a number of ways to better integrate experiences across Teams, Outlook, and other apps. However, we don’t have any specifics to share on this request.
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Agree, you should be able to see Team conversations in the Outlook group. Not only that but when you go to SharePoint the link back to the conversations takes you to the Outlook group, not back to the Teams interface.
Matt Mendenhall commented
Plus 1 that this is confusing. I just added some new users to a linked Group and Teams account and watched my users all struggle to understand this idea. Got the OneNote notebook working in both Teams and in the Office 365 portal as well as OneDrive. I'd say either update the office 365 Group title from "Conversations" to "Email" or allow Conversations to be treated as chats and be assigned to a channel in Teams. I think the latter is more work, but would be cooler :)
Dean Gross commented
Emails sent to the Group mailbox (that was created for the Team) cannot be seen in the Teams app, this needs to be fixed.
It takes too long to train people how conversations work in Groups because they are not visible in Teams. Discontinue Groups. Port all the functionality in Groups to Teams and simplify our lives. Allow us to turn off different features (menu items) when we create a team.
Ian Walton commented
The conversations should show up in the respective group in Outlook or outlook on the Web.
Here's our scenario, a user creates a Team and notices the team appears in their Outlook and Outlook on the Web group listing, all good there. User creates a new conversation in the Outlook group but it doesn't show up in the related Team and vice versa.
If it's not possible to achieve this then the conversations tab should be removed from the groups created by Teams to avoid confusion from end users who think it's a place to post team messages.
Agreed this is pretty horrible. They added groups to outlook, I would like o get people to move to teams. but hey are still going to use outlook. No to mention he group files, notebook, and calendar. These things should have all pulled into teams.
They just doubled up on he functionality and the whole thing became more confusing to implement and use.
Yep he group conversation should (or at least have he option to be pulled into a specific channel in teams. FYI the files /notes.calendar from the group is also not available from within teams. This is pretty weird. I am preferring Teams interface over groups. so I would like to migrate it. But you cant stop the group from showing up in Outlook (and everywhere else). the integration should be tighter because now it is just confusing where people should have a conversation.
Denis Paradis commented
If you add Yammer conversations to Outlook and Teams... you have now 3 conversation types... wow... way too heavy to manage.... too much is like not enough...
Denis Paradis commented
3 different types of conversation for a group through Team, Outlook and Yammer not shared, so not visible
Heavy management and follow-up when you want to discuss on one subject for a group......
Joerg Wunderlich commented
It does not make sense to have too much different collaboration tools. Please integrate with outlook as groups and potentially expand the abilities in the outlook client itself. Today I use either Outlook or Skype for Business which integrates very well in Outlook. To create another external tool for collaboration is not really helpful as long they does not integrate or integrate poorly. Today we need to use as Partner also Yammer in different browsers to make sure you can connect with more credentials at the same time. For MS you need internal @Microsoft.com account plus you need your federated account for all the other Partner Channels. Plus your own Yammer in the company. It would be great if you could use Teams instead for this type of communication but then it should really integrate in Outlook and be able to deal with more than one account at the same time!
Having 2 'conversation' stream is ridiculous, people will just stick with email
Yvonne Klomp commented
Totally agree! Other way around same problem. Conversation in Group doesn't show up in Team. Should be one and the same.
This way Teams is just extra place to collaborate, instead of combining all others.
oliver knauth commented
It is super confusing for users when using Office 365 Groups and the conversion function in there and now also using Teams, as in teams that is a different setup and having different conversions. Technically I understand why but a non tech savy user doesn't understand. Please come up with either a good integration or a good way to distinguish.
As an information worker, I live inside the Outlook client, as external clients as well as internal teams communicate via email. Would be nice to have the Teams data be visible through the Outlook client similar to what we have for Skype conversations, and O365 groups.
They only appear in outlook or groups which is very confusing for teammembers.
right now a now group is created if you add a new team. you cann access this group via (web) outlook. shared files will work but the conversation tool in groups makes no sense any more. there is no possibility to jump into this team from outlook.office.com - somehow this should be connected.
Conversations are now in the group and in the team - both tools are separate