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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.

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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.


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  • Zahra Badaroudine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same thing here. I want to be able to search the list of Teams within the organization. How would I know that there's a particular interest team (especially if it has a name that is not obvious)?

    It's been a year since the last update. Are you still working on this?

    Otherwise, I'm guessing the Organization's Office 365 admin would have access to a list of Teams, no? Could they publish it somewhere? It would be better than the current state of affairs (no discovery at all).

  • Glenn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any updates on this? Our users only see teams they are a member of within Teams, and can only find those if they use the exact team name. We need to be able to allow them to search Public Teams to join and private ones granted discover-ability via settings.

    This setting for Discovery does not show up in any of our Team settings as well. Am I missing something here?

  • WTT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is blowing my mind. It's just IMPOSSIBLE for the average user to find teams, as they have to type the EXACT team name in the search bar if the team doesn't show up (usually the case). The search function is broken, it should work like any 'normal' search function and show any result that contains the search string. At this point I can already see the nightmare unfold when we'd implement Teams...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Seriously cannot prevent sprawl or promote collaboration without knowing what groups are out there. Update, please!

  • Andy Z. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add a config Button to a private Team to make it discoverable in Search. Only if this config Setting is set, a private Team will appear in a search for a Team. Per default, a private Team should be non-searchable.
    A List of all searchable Teams should be available, like all public Teams and all private Teams with the "discoverable" config flag set.

  • Aaron Hatton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We had an interesting issue with this today, we had a user searching for a team called "Global Cat lovers" (name changed for example) but was searching "Cat lovers" and it was returning no results. Once they searched "Global cat" it showed the team.

    This really needs to be improved, perhaps even a feature which says "Public teams suggested for you" based on what your colleagues are using (information pulled from the org tree)

  • Sebastian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Currently the list of public teams only shows a small subset of the teams that are actually public. The page should indicate that there are more public teams, maybe including a button "show more" or at least a hint that more public teams can be found using search.

  • Kevin Gutierrez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Looks like a useful app, but I would really hope that the application is either integrated with O-365 searches or at least has the ability to use boolean searches, so we can respond to public records requests. Unless there is a good function to search for public records, I am afraid that I would not be able to use TEAMS.

  • Christoph commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just to be clear: what exactly is being worked on here? Is it what was originally requested in the OP or what Suphatra described in her post, i.e. the invite link workaround?

  • Stace Hamilton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ability to list public teams to join in a directory format would be beneficial to our new hires who have no idea what is available to them.

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Users can opt to search for the team directly using the search bar on the top right by using typing in the exact name of the Public Team.”"
    Why do we have to type the exact name? It's as if Google or Bing would tell us that we need to type in exact strings to find anything. I'm so confused as to why search is still so deficient. I hear daily from people who complain that they can't find a certain public team or create a duplicate team because they have no way to find out if that team already exists.

  • Loren Clevenger commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is by far the largest pain of the product. Not allowing partial matches makes it totally unusable to find teams. You literally have to know the team name to find it

  • Jamey Steinmann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be great to have and for those orgs that don't want it, I think a global toggle in the admin dashboard and an override on the team/365 group level would be the perfect compromise for it.

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