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Mass add users to a channel or team

Please add mass add users to a channel or team.
Like we use on other Office 365 services. email@domain;email@domain and (if possible) @everyone something like that.
I'm using and loving Microsoft Teams :-)
Thanks a lot.

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Andre Henrique Buss shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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Hi folks, we are collecting feedback on this so we can determine prioritization and user need.

Please comment in the thread below about how this affects you, how you currently add members, and who you think would benefit from this in your organization.

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  • Ian Quartermaine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Huge problem for us. Please allow us to add bulk "guest" invites to TEAMS. Can't paste in multiple addresses and all attempts at using global Outlook distribution lists and /or groups fails as well. This is despite Teams actually seeing the global list but it just doesn't work. Very frustrating and stopping Teams becoming the main tool we use to collaborate with our members.
    Currently my external Team is about 180 people. Will have to add them one by one. Absolute nonsense.

  • Richard Jobes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, we are going to try to switch over to Teams as well, and having to manually add each person to every employee's contact group is ridiculous. This needs to be fixed immediately.

  • French Frog commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why do we still have to add contacts one by one in the chat section ?
    Why no right click > add to... ?
    Why not CTRL or SHIFT mass contacts selection ?
    Why no drag & drop for contacts ?

    What the **** Microsoft, this is ridiculous design for a instant messenger that is now taking over the already cumbersome Skype for business...

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding users by Distribution lists would be extremely useful, however, adding multiple users at a time, regardless of whether or not they are on a distribution list would be even more useful.

  • Ilona Yeremova commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We manage cross-functional meetings with internal and external partners; for each project related meeting series there's a related Teams group. it's very time consuming to enter the folks into the group individually so having a bulk add option with a ":" separation would greatly increase efficiencies in building teams.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have recently dropped Cisco Jabber / Webex meetings to keep our company of 400 on one platform. However, trying to manager groups (16 locations) with employees in each group one at a time X 400 = 160000 entries made. Cisco Jabber was able to be updated with one import of a single file. I am disappointed that administrators are unable to manage this in TEAMS. Making this a priority would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't thik @everyone is suitable in a large environent - but it may be sensible to have some limited intelligence . Formal groups should be created for HR groups but bearing in mind the ad-hoc and flxible aim of teams it would be nice to have selected GAL attributes available, the sort of stuff an IDM system can't work out for cross specialism groups. So for example I may want a team with @title="project manager" or @department="marketing" or @location="Manchester" alongside just adding individuals. Just saying "use a group" formalises somthing which is in it's best incarnation crossing formal boundaries.

  • Greg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Skype i was able to add an office distro list and it would add all members. teams telling my staff i need them to add each person individually isn't going to work for us. allow us to add distros!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would love to have this as I add in bulk members to Teams pages (usually 80+ people) so this would save me so much time!

  • Tu Le. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would love to have this option to add multiple contacts, specially DL.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also very useful for on-boarding new parts of the business, pretty essential to encourage adoption of 365.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We're encouraging people to start using Teams but having to add people one by one is proving very unpopular for the existing large groups of people who need to collaborate.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be great. Adding tens or hundreds of external users to a Team is a tedious task.

  • Volker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a feature we urgently need. Distribution lists in O365 are not an option, as our company is in transition very slowly to O365 Exchange, so I don't have the possibility.

  • Sharon Finden commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Critical that we can add members in bulk! We don't have a group everyone is a member of, because those can't keep membership anonymous from the rest of the company (e.g. ERG). You should be able to add a Distribution List, which can be marked as confidential from the rest of the company.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have migrated recently to Teams from other systems and we all find very unfriendly to add contacts one per one in our contacts groups. We are a large corporation and this is really boring and not cost effective

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