I want to use multiple Teams accounts at the same time
LOG INTO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
We need the ability to sign in with multiple accounts. Many of us have several O365 accounts for various reasons (consulting, etc), and we’d need to be able to access teams directly. This is not a federation or B2B scenario, but a case where new O365 credentials have been created in another tenant for us. The app today only allows a single signed-in account at a time and that’s a blocker.
As stated in the last update, the ability to use multiple Teams accounts at the same time is being implemented in stages for Desktop. Faster tenant switching functionality on the Windows client has been rolled out to the public ring fully, and Mac will begin rolling out soon. Work is in progress on cross-tenant notification improvements, and support for multiple accounts on desktop will follow. We’ll keep you posted!
Note: The ability to use multiple Teams accounts at the same time is supported on iOS & Android today.
Alex & the Teams team
@Alex can you explain or point to what 'fast tenant switching' is? Right now (as of Jan 10th 2020 update) in Desktop, I can switch from my main account to a guest one which appears to restart the app, but it does manage to login to the guest account sucessfully, which is an improvement. Howver, there's no UI to switch back again. What are the main stages you're describing above and how will I know when we've got there?
Justin King commented
First off kudos on the improved user switching .... it's really REALLY fast now which is nice.However we are in a race against time now ...
... with the release of F1 licensing for O365, a LOT of my clients are opting to buy this cheap license for contractors meaning my # of accounts has exploded. I'd love to push back and tell them to simply make me a guest instead but the reality is:
1. The chat feature is bound to the org which makes it extremely difficult to keep up with multi-org conversations (unlike the skype of old which had no issues)
2. Guests cannot be made owners of teams nor given other certain permissions making them inherently more limited than a dedicated account, so they aren't inclined to make me a guest anyway.
Basically Teams limitations combined with new F1 pricing of O365 is practically forcing me to need multi-account support asap.
I think the guest idea in Teams has a lot of potential, but Teams itself needs to work out a couple of kinks for it to work. Mainly:
1. Chat should NOT be org-bound. You should always be logged in with your primary account and peopel trying to chat with you directly should always be able to ... just like traditional chat apps.
2. Guest accounts need to be first class citizens. If a org decides that a contractor will make the best PM and thus wants them to be the owner of the Team ... let the org make that assignment.
If you do this ... multi-account support won't actually be that big of a deal ... at all. Still do it, mind you, but I think you're on the verge of providing something better.
Philip Taphouse commented
Do you have more detail about planning for this fonctionnalisation to be availabale on MAC desktop ?
Perry Werneck commented
Well, If we can have multiple accounts at the same time, why not allowing one to add users from other companies in the same team? Is it possible?
koen poels commented
3 years down the road, and still 'working on it'. Come on MS, don't make your users wait any longer, and give them this basic feature on their MS-desktop ...
Christopher Rodrigues commented
I have guests invited to my team from another company (using their own teams account). They aren't receiving tag notifications like people in my company do when I tag them.
MS-Teams: the corporate collaboration space that doesn't let you collaborate at your workstation. Bumping this because I echo @Aaron_IO. I wish my client site used Slack but we don't have to feel that way against MS-Teams. It's just not helpful in a critical way.
At this stage my team will likely just purchase Slack. It is a more complete product anyway. Also, "As stated in the last update", is not appropriate to your customer base with a feature that 1. Has drug on this long. 2. Has been a staple in Slack since day 1.
NOT getting notifications from other organizations.
"The ability to use multiple Teams accounts at the same time is supported on iOS & Android today."
No it is not on Android. I miss calls and notifications from other organizations when that organization is not checked under "your orgs"
What about linux app? Multiple account will work on linux version?
Ford Saeks commented
Ho can I use multiple TEAMS accounts at the same time?
I like seeing multiple accounts on the Teams App, but not getting the notification on invited or from the other main account logged in. That definitely needs to be fixed soon
I need to use multiple Teams very urgently. But I have Teams in mein account and work with other companys thay invite me to difrent Teams for colaboration.
Could we get this to work similar to the way the Outlook app works...where you have the ability to add multiple mailboxes (in this case Teams) that use different credentials but are all accessible in an aggregated view with the option of selecting a narrower focus limited to one specific mailbox (or Team in this case) if / when necessary?
At this point...not having this ability is greatly impacting adoption of MS Teams for a lot of the customers I support who were “late to the show”. They would love to leverage it but their end users already have MS Teams accounts with other organizations / tenants and the ability to switch back and forth is a huge pain. Because of this they feel like it would be better to go with an alternative solution versus paying for a capability that will probably be underutilized.
David Dawson commented
I am trying to use two teams accounts on my iOS but I only get notifications from one or the other.
I find it interesting.. that they were able to roll out IOS and android switching for Teams..but not on desktop.