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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.

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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.

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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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    working on it  ·  Warren responded  · 

    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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      • 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.

      • Adam Duggan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our users can't find teams to join - even when they are public! This is a critical feature for driving adoption.

        And as others have pointed out, the teams search should be intelligent, not requiring an (almost) exact string match.

      • Francis Laurin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same question: I tested it on my tenant today and still can't find private Teams. Found somewhere it was postponed because of feedback (fear to discover really private Teams with suggestive title): https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Private-Microsoft-Teams-will-shortly-be-discoverable-in-Search/m-p/177495/highlight/true#M12728
        At the same time, every Team is discoverable via the Office Group "discover" feature in Outlook Online, so no Team is safe... :-S

      • Paul Day commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently, its only works with an exact prefix which is crazy! It should search words, partial words in the name plus ... the content too please.

      • Todd M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There definitely needs to be some better way to find public teams. ‘Add a team’ is not the same as ‘find a team’ in my mind. Very different tasks. Add a find team or ‘view all teams’ button that shows all public ie published teams. Boom, done. User adoption way up.

      • Wes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Joining this thread hoping to be emailed when an improvement is released. I see very light adoption, in large part to the inability to find public teams.

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