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.
PREVIEW A TEAM:
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.
I’m switching the status to Partially Done.
The request for a Preview Team is still in the works. No new information is available at this time.
Team Discoverability is still being worked upon, no details are available at this time. If you support this idea please navigate over to the main topic and vote for it! https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/
Change Prompt: this has been completed
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
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.
@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
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.
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.
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?
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
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 1.0.00.22051 (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.
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
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.
When is this rolling out? I have You have Microsoft Teams Version 1.0.00.19451 (64-bit). It was last updated on 7/20/17 and do not see this improvement?
Steven Poessnecker commented
I agree with Rob Wilde. First, how specifically does this work? Is this the "search" for an existing team but you have to be in the "Add Team" function first? Or is the functionality that you are indicating something completely different?
If it is the former, several things that I have issue with this:
1) I shouldn't have to go to the "Add team" function before I can search for a team. It's not intuitive AT ALL.
2) I do want to give users the ability to browser through the list of public teams and channels to see what's available. Otherwise, you are relying on people know "what" and "how" to search for the right teams before they create something new.
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Rob Wilde commented
Hi, as per Debi Randolph's comment below...when will this be available? We are just rolling out Teams in our organisation and confusion around what teams already exist is limiting engagement. Should the "Suggested Teams" page now show all Public Teams available for me to join?
I have version 1.0.00.19451 (64-bit), updated on 7/21/17 but I still don't see this functionality?
Ron Allen commented
We are naming public teams with: [Job Name] [Proposal#] [Job#] we want to search for the P# or the J# and find the team. Currently the only way to find a team is knowing how the team name starts. Example: "The big Job P12345 J54321" if I search 54321 I find nothing, same for 12345. if I search "The" it finds the team. Even better would be a check box in Properties that allows "Search in Team Description also"
I agree with some of the others posting, it needs to be easy to join public teams. A listing of available public teams would be great. Then search would narrow the list.
Debi Randolph commented
This note says this change is now complete - when will it be available?
An admin Should also be able to set what teams are allocated to new users by default.
When you login - you should see an option heading for "all public teams" under favourites, that you can collapse or expand with a link to join next to each team.
Rebecca Goodman commented
1. My experience brought me to a prompt to create a team. The problem was, I didn't want to create a team, I was wanting to login and look around to see the home, to see what Public groups existed already. The first point should not be to create, then you get immediate trash sites. Sites that people name as themselves or random trash because they think they have to create a site to collaborate in Teams, but are really unsure what the process is and will follow the largest text on the screen.
For those (90% I would say) of people who work in applications never ever deal with security. One of the top issues that exist is the lack of cohesiveness with administrative support and Teams. Admins unable to have access unless they change the process and force people to wait for a site creation. Admins should be back end automatically applied. This is the biggest security malfunction I have ever seen with Office 365 and screams that this went out too soon. How can a user experience be good when their own Admins can't assist? What could be great is turning south quickly.
Jeff Erickson commented
We can see some public groups on the "Suggested teams" page but not all of the teams that we know are public. Everything that is public should be visible on this page.
We created most of our teams from existing sharepoint sites. None of these display in suggested sites for our users to join. But those we did create in Teams from scratch do display.