Search Public and Private Teams
Users report its very difficult for their peers to find a team that they have created. This hinders their ability to increase team membership.
Other users report its frustrating that they can't just search ALL the teams at their organization -- that only a small fraction are surfaced to them in their "Suggested" view.
The capability to view Public Teams when you click on "Create Team" is great.
HOWEVER... it would be a better user experience if there was a prominent button or link called "Search for Teams".
Teams needs this discovery capability to avoid the duplication of Team areas for large organisations.
Further to this it would be advantageous to list not only public Teams but also private Teams.
Unfortunately we hit some snags and this has moved back to “working on it”. The team is working to make some corrections and I hope to have a release date in the near future. I’ll keep you posted with what I hear.
John Y commented
3 years later and still working on it... c'mon man....
This is crazy. As already mentioned it was even deleted from the roadmap.
The feature is implemented (see policy settings) and documented in various Microsoft sources but no information available about the status other than Warren response from 2018! that they are working on it.
James Geer commented
Seriously no update from MS since June 2018? Are you really still working on it?
jorg beijer commented
Can you please inform your userbase as to why this feature was cancelled rather than fixed?
Being able to search for existing teams in order to request access is an absolutely crucial function. I have 9000 private teams in my tenant, and those are partly to blame on people not being able to search for private teams and then creating a new one.
So am I to understand there is absolutely no way to have a team that requires the owner's permission to join AND that's listed somewhere that people can review? That seems absurd. I can't be the only admin who wants our end users to be able to review the existing teams and "request" access to join those they want to join, but be "granted access" only after the owner of the team approves it...
Alex Carlock commented
Microsoft, have you progressed at all with this? We also create teams as private so they're less visible (for example, we don't want subcontractors to see our entire list of teams), but we need a way for employees to know if a team exists so they don't create a duplicate. If would be perfect if there was a Searchable flag on each team to enable it to be searched or not.
And now guys are all the snags gone?
Why was Roadmap item 44370 cancelled?
If it is a concern for some companies then just turn Private Teams discoverability off by default while giving IT Admins to turn it ON if it makes sense for their organization...
Really strange approach to just cancel the feautre.
Jan Henk commented
Search is always a problem with Microsoft. Maybe they should try Google....
fix this? or have a galery of public teams
*SOLVED* Good grief Microsoft!! We are just now migrating to Office 365 and are in hybrid mode for Exchange - and the majority of users still have on-prem mailboxes. I have worked, with no success, with support and battled the issue of users not being able to see Public Teams for a couple of months now and finally figured out the problem - or at least figured out MY problem. Though my googling efforts never yielded any Microsoft document that noted this, the short answer for my problem was that, in order for Teams to show all the Public Teams and have the Search windows actually return Public Teams - my users had to have their mailbox in Office 365. On-prem users cannot see or search for Public Teams. Migrate the user to Office 365 and - users can see and search for Public teams. I can report that all the functionality wished for below ACTUALLY works - provided your mailbox is in Office 365.
Thomas Zapf commented
As it seems Microsoft has just cancelled this feature on the roadmap to be able to search for private teams :-( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=44370
David Son commented
Why was this feature left off? It makes no sense that Teams allows you to create a public team... and then nobody can find it!! Still no answer?
Please add this feature as there's lots of discussion teams in our org that we want to make it "available" to join easily.
Any update on the search function for the web or desktops apps? Without this resolution Teams becomes a challenge for large companies. Personally, Teams is losing out to Slack at the moment.
You can make the team discoverable on the Mobile App, just not on Desktop in some organizations.
Would be nice to BROWSE for public teams...not just search for them. If I don't know it exists, how do I know what to search for? I know that you're working on making private teams *searchable*. But I think *browsable* is just as important if the end goal is *discoverable*
Good morning, sir,
Where is the development of this functionality?
We are still waiting for ...
Greg Corson commented
Same thing here, I have a "public" team in our system and nobody is able to find it, including me! It doesn't show up on the "join a team" page and does not show up if I search for it by name. This kind of defeats the whole purpose of a public team. In my case the team may be of interest to a lot of people in completely unrelated departments who I have never heard of. If the team is not visible on the "join a team" page a lot of people who might be interested will never know it's there and not join. This could also cause people to create duplicate teams since they can't see what teams already exist. At very least we need a page that shows ALL public teams that anyone can join.