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Joining a Team

Change "Add team" to "Add or join a team": I avoided this button because I thought it would always create a new team. It wasn’t evident to me that I could browse for existing teams there too.

Provide the ability to preview a Team without immediately joining, to see what the reason for the Team is and what Channels exist. It’s a little cumbersome to have to join, realize the Team isn’t what you thought it was, and leave.

Presently you have to know the name of a team to be able to search for it, if I am new to the company and I want to have a look to see what teams there are within my organisation I can’t currently, as I don’t know the names of them in the first place, it would be better if all public teams were visible.

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      • Triston Nelson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was looking to see how a URL/Direct Link ("Get Link to team") to the team would allow someone who isn't on the team to join it. I have made a public team and sent the link to someone not in it, but when they click on the link, it takes them to their teams and not the one I wanted them to join; the team in which I created the link from.

        It would be nice to have the ability to for a Teacher/Professor to use Teams as "Office Hours" for students and have a link that can be put on the syllabus for students to join the Team in which the teacher is there. I know there are Teams integration with LMSs out there, but for those who aren't this would be a nice feature.

      • Dariana Szykier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Presently the URL's associated with a team only take you there if you are already a member of the team. They should take non-members to some "preview" page so they can see if it is the correct team for them to join. We want to help direct people as precisely as possible. Currently when you search for a public team you have to know the exact team name. This isn't user friendly. We are trying to mitigate duplication of teams. Feeling handcuffed by Microsoft right now.

      • krhoades commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same as other recent comments - this is certainly not complete.

        Public Teams are not listed, nor are any other teams when you try to 'Add Team', the only option is 'Create Team'. I cannot roll out this product until users are able to see what Teams are available to them.

      • Guillaume commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is it possible to broadcast a link to a public team and have people join the team from the link?

      • Estolpe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        as Paul Youngberg and Victor says - you need a complete company domain list of all public teams when clicking "join team". + it would be brilliant to be able to @ people outside the public team on a discussion so they can just jump in on that thread (right now, 2017-11-14, you have to invite them first to the team to be able to @ them)

      • Paul Youngberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "We're happy to report this is now complete"? But... it isn't? It still says 'Add a team' which is really confusing for our users when they just want to join on. Last update was five months ago. This is a very simple UI fix, are there any hurtles that are preventing the team from pushing this to everybody?

      • Victor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same feedback as many here (I'm liking Teams, just need to fix/add crucial features):

        Make the button read "Join or Add a Team"

        Show the public teams available to join. Right now all it shows is "create a team".

        Search is broken and I can't find public teams I know exist. Some say search works on first name, but that doesn't even work for me.

        Make the search for a team more prominent.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate mentioned on May 03 that his was done, but it isn't at all. There does not appear to be any means to browse through public teams. Can you please provide an update?

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So when will the availability to see ALL Public Teams be completed? When I click Add Team I just see a blank screen that doesn't list anything. Only thing I can do is search.

        Search sucks because you can only search via the first word of the team name. If my team is called Software Deployments, I can't search for Deployments and find it...

        This thread says that seeing All Public teams is in the word but it's from 5+ months ago and directs to this feature request.

      • Stace Hamilton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If a team is public I should be able to view a list of public teams rather than having to search. If a person doesnt know the name of the team how do they find it? After clicking Add Team on that screen should display available public teams to join.

      • ANHE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Suphatra - can you please provide an update on your statement from May 3rd? Seems that it does not align with what people experience?! Is this complete or not? When is it released?


      • Tom Kiefer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm seeing what appears to be the same problem that Mike reported, that searches only seem to find Teams whose name starts with the entered search term. E.g., Team "Firstword Secondword" can be found by searching for "Firstword Secondword" or for "Firstword", but not by searching for "Secondword". This is a significant discoverability problem.

        Related question: Do Teams have descriptions? (If not, why not?) If so, do/can team searches include searching on that description text? Might help significantly when looking for teams whose exact name aren't known.

      • Darwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Google, Siri and now Cortana follow the defacto standard of one search prompt for everything - would be nice if teams followed the model that even young children have come to expect from search prompts :)

        Not only is the "Team Search" prompt a separate one - you have to hunt and peck to find it.

        But joining a team is (a) the most important thing you need to do (b) very early in the MS Teams Out-Of-Box experience.

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just noticed the update from May says "we’re happy to report its now complete!"

        What does that mean? The button doesn't say Join. I don't see a way to view all Teams. And there's no way to preview a team. What exactly is complete?

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When you search for a team, does it only search the first word? I created a Team called "Companyname Deployments". I then had someone go to Add Team and search for "Deployments" and they couldn't find the team. If they searched for "Companyname" the result was "Companyname Deployments". I don't know it this is WAD or a bug but it's really hard to find teams if you don't know the exactly name.

        And yes, the button should say "Add/Join Team" instead of just "Add Team" as it's very misleading.

      • Anders Heick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems that this has not been rolled out - or is not completed - as otherwise stated by Microsoft.

        According to the Teams app it self, I am having the latest version installed: "Microsoft Teams Version (64-bit). Last updated on 8/15/17". However, users can still not find public teams and it still says "Add team"..

        VERY CONFUSING - and users are complaining seriously about usability here!

        Please provide a detailed update of roll-out or what version it is available in.


      • Henri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Feedback on the questions:

        1. Very confusing on how to find teams because there is a search at the top, but when one searches, it doesn't search for teams, but rather some other strange stuff like chats, people, files... so it's a searchbox on the teams tab that searches for everything but teams. Only through experimentation, I discovered that the "add teams" at the bottom, which opens up a blank page only offering the creation of a team & a search box, is where you search for existing teams. The search is not effective for those discovering teams because I was searching for "2611", but the team name is "cos2611 ..." and the search failed to find it. It only found it when I searched for "cos2611".

        I'd like to:
        * search for teams directly at the top search box of the teams tab;
        * have the lower button be "Browse/Make Teams";
        * have the list of teams displayed upon clicking the "Browse/Make Teams" and use the search box as a live filter instead.

        2. Sure. :)

      • Jamie Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        I assumed that there were no teams set up and that I was creating the first team. (I was not.)

        Slack has the intuitive "Channels" in the navigation above the channel listing, so that's the kind of thing that I expect to see.

        Despite the claim that this is complete, the many comments, below, will attest that any fix has yet to be released. Browsing is still impossible. Search is possible, but one would have to search at least 26 times ("a", "b", "c", ...) to see which teams are available (that's nothing like browsing). Without the ability to browse, discovering, say, an "interest group" team is not practical.

        Until one can see other public teams, my company would have a hard time replacing Slack.

        Can we at least get this ticket to be accurate, at this point?

        * Change it from "NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK" to a more accurate status.
        * Correct the "it's now complete" response with something that reflects the actual status.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When is this rolling out? I have You have Microsoft Teams Version (64-bit). It was last updated on 7/20/17 and do not see this improvement?

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