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
This is also a big issue for me. I manage projects as a consultant for multiple clients, and with 2 of them we are using Teams for collaboration. I also use it with my own business to collaborate with my staff. Using the desktop version I have to log out and then log in everytime I want to collaborate with another team. Very frustrating.
Also it is frustrating that we cannot add an external party to our team. As we are using it for projects we often have other stakeholders who we would like to include in the team, but without giving them an account in our system we cannot invite them to the team. Specifically for your 3 questions:
2. Logging in and logging out each time - I have an account within each organisation that I am working with
3. Business and Project Consulting
I work as a consultant and need the ability to use my own company provided account, and client provided accounts at the same time. The workflow is not "across teams" but that I just might need to have two teams open at the same time that have a different master O365 account.
Kimberly J Linton commented
Having to use thick client and browser at same time. Please help!
...So maybe the selection would be for the primary organization's name, not my username. That way, if there are future ones (like being on a board that has their own instance of Teams), I could seamlessly switch to that one also, regardless of what email account was used with the username.
We have three companies. Two are in similar space and share an O365 account, so that part is easy. I have one primary user account that can float between both of them. But the other is a totally separate company, with totally separate staff, in a totally separate sector, with a totally separate O365 account.
I would like a quick way to store both credentials, and something like a drop down box at the top of the application that would allow me to switch between the two separate O365 accounts.
3) does it matter? you have people requesting the feature. As Nike states, just do it.
2. Using different browsers - ugh:(
3. I am a consultant working across 4 office 365 tenants. The inability to work across multiple tenants in the same browser/app drives me crazy, I'm forever logging and logging out. For Teams, this scenario is hopeless.
John McCreery commented
I have downloaded the Microsoft Teams Application and I would like to be able to open another instance of the ap to run at the same time on a different monitor. I am using a Tri-monitor scenario. I like how teams pulls everything together, however, without the ability to open multiple instances its forcing all of your aps onto one monitor which defeats the purpose of having multiple monitors. I do this all the time with Excel. If it can do this already, I have not figured it out yet.
Tiago Costa commented
2. One in the app and 2 other in different browsers... Basically is a mess to work like this.
3. I'm a contractor. I need to be connected to my customers Tenants on teams. I'm trying to push this feature to more customer, but working like this or with Chrome profiles is not be best way...
Stas Sulatonv commented
1. There is a problem when you want to work with Teams that is in the AD Tenant which is different to the one with which your PC is associated and you are logged in. Teams uses SSO...
2. We have to have one teams opened as the App and another in the browser.
3. We are software solution providers and we have one Teams for our own company and another Teams is provided by our customers. We have to use both simultaneously.
1. I haven't experienced this.
2. Logout of teams and then login with different tenant ID.
3. The most obvious use case would be design, deployment, support of office365 as a service.
The case exists even for individual within organizations that own or operate multiple seperate entities that exist on their own tenant although that could be resolved by centralization. I think systems integrators and freelance consultants need this service the most. That or individuals that may to volunteer work for other organizations on the side.
The obvious problem is that with the current situation, a person is only getting notifications from one account.
In the same way as in outlook mobile for android where I can see All account activities or seperate account activities where each account is a tenant let me logged in simultaneously. The problem with logging in and then logging out is obviously separation of notification functions.
This could get messy but the reality is that many people may be pulled into other tenants for the purposes of collaboration.
Allow us to activate multiple tenants within a single.session without having the client interface coming to a grinding halt.
Stephen Dalby commented
Currently I log out of one Tenant and log into the second tenant. However, when a tenant has a separate login security page set up I was unable to log out of that tenant. This has been fixed with the latest update. If being able to change tenants was as simple as it is with Skype for Business, then that would be acceptable. If, however you could have multiple accounts on Teams that would be awesome if you could identify which tenant the team was registered with.
If you are a converted Office 365 user, then it is very likely that you have Live accounts and Family Office 365 tenants. If you are a consultant, then multiple tenant is part of the process and Entrepreneurs also have multiple tenants for each of their start-ups.
Hope this helps
David Maas commented
1. I've never had this happen with Teams specifically, but I've had issues with this and O365 in the past. It seems to be related to having one tenant using an SSO solution and the other just using the default O365 authentication.
2. Currently, I use the Teams desktop app for one tenant, and the web app for another. I can deal with not having one of them on my phone, so only one is on my phone right now.
3. My personal use case is both my day job and my part-time startup use Teams.
As another use case: Our interns attend a university that uses Office 365, when the university enables Teams I imagine they will want to be able to use both the university Teams and word Teams at the same time.
Bas de Wit commented
All O365 apps should have multiple account support. People don't always just work for one company. Look at MS Outlook and OneDrive app. That's the way to go!
Peter Hood commented
Regarding point 3, I use 3 different O365 accounts all day every day (but struggle to do so due to the poor way in which MS authentication works in general when using multiple accounts with tools like OneNote, OneDrive etc.). I have 2 x work accounts (separate companies) and I also use an account at home. Just make the experience of working across multiple accounts similar to how easy it is to work with multiple mailboxes in Outlook and you cant go wrong. Look to Slack for inspiration, I guess. Thanks
Miguel Isidoro commented
The ideal would to allow any user with an Office 365 account or a Microsoft (Live) account to able to access Teams or Channels withing a Team in any tenant. Slack uses the concept of multiple accounts that maps to different URLs (ex: https://team1.slack.com, https://team2.slack.com) but users only have to have create a single account using a work email or even a personal email like Gmail and they log in into any Slack account with that single account which allows users from different companies to easily collaborate together.
In Microsoft Teams, the need to be able to access any team from any tenant using the same account (that is the real need here) could be solved by allowing any user from any Office 365 tenant or with a Microsoft account to be able to access any team in any tenant, without the need to have multiple accounts (ex: https://company1.teams.microsoft.com, company1.teams.microsoft.com), and use https://teams.microsoft.com or any client app (mobile or desktop) to access any Team or Channel they belong to in a central way. Example (I work at company 1 with an Office 365 acount that is my primary Office 365 account):
- Teams would allow authentication to be done with an Office 365 account or a Microsoft Live account as it does with SharePoint Online to access for example Office 365 groups
- As a member of company 1, I would have access to all teams I am part of in my company (as it happens now)
- As an Office 365 user, I would also have have access to Teams or Channels from other tenants that were shared with me
- I would be able to share Teams or Channels with other tenants's Office 365 accounts OR with Microsoft Live accounts
- Users using Microsoft accounts would have access to Teams or Channels from any tenant that were shared with them
Does this sound reasonable?
Mike Therien commented
I'm a consultant that works on multiple projects from multiple clients. In slack, I can join multiple teams and switch between them in the same application. Right now, I cannot log into multiple team accounts on the same computer. At the very least, let me run multiple team sessions.
1. I do not see this issue.
2. I have separate VM where I sign in as RDP app.
3.. As a consultant, I sometimes need to consult, share and collaborate with other companies. Also, my customers also cooperate between companies which have separate tenants in other countries.
Ben Stegink commented
1. This is not an issue for me
2. My company does consulting for Office 365. I have several clients all using teams. In order to chat with them in teams I need to have a whole bunch of browsers open or constantly sign in/out to switch between various teams. I would love to be able to use the Teams client and be signed into all the various clients teams simultaneously. The one thing that would eliminate the need to do this, was if clients could invite my primary Office 365 account to their team as an external user. That was I could sign into teams with my primary Office 365 account and be able to access all of the teams I've been invited to as an external users. This actually ties directly into the other request you ask for feedback around as to why I use Skype for Business and teams. I'm sure you can see the connection, but I'll respond over there as well.
3. Office 365 Consulting/Support where I have clients that would like to be able to communicate with me through teams.