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
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.
For new users that are looking for a Team to join, are confused by Add Team specifically in our pilot when there were no public teams already setup They think they need to add a new Team to get started and we received a lot of questions.
From the perspective of the Admin / SharePoint coordiantor, the experience is fairly solid. After I build a team and identify staff, they get their notification and login difficulty.
From the perspective of a user, logging in and seeing what has been assigned is nice. In our use case, we aren't interested in discoverability given the size of our company. This would be a different response if we were larger and expected the team to be more on their own.
Pierre Trudel commented
Teams and O365 Groups are going to be a corner stone of O365 deployment. Many of them (departements) will be created by the implementation team. But one of the strongest point of Teams is how easy it is to create a Team. So we will probably end up with a lot of them. And having public Teams (inside the organisation) mean people need to be able to find rapidly what is relevant.
You already have Delve which do a wonderful job of finding what is relevant to me. Can't you do a similar thing for suggesting public Teams that are relevant to me.
Sure I would also like to have the search option or browse option.
In our pilot project with O365 though we find that people dont tend to explore or search. Inviting them get better result to bring their participation. Is it because the tool is new. Can't say for now.
Mark Noble commented
I've been added to a few teams. I created the first one and added co-workers. They seem to have been invited and notified via email. Since this was their first time using Office 365, they had to set that up as well - and IT was still fine-tuning some issues with authentication so it was a little rough for some people.
When I switched teams, I asked my new manager to consider using Teams as well since the new team had no collaboration tool - I think they were just using consumer Skype, though we all had Skype for Business. In that case, it was pretty easy for me - I got a notification of the new team and joined. IT was still sorting out some authentication issues that locked a few people out of the system.
Most recently, I was forced to change my password and due to an issue with two-factor authentication requirements, I got stuck in an authentication loop and couldn't access Teams. IT had to re-set my devices and then I was able to go in and properly complete the two-factor auth steps and then log in as normally.
Another Team was created by some colleagues - once again, they invited me, and since I was already set up with teams, joining was painless.
Overall, it's been pretty straightforward.
in most of our cases Teams will be created by our Service Desk. For this the user will not be adding a team, but actually joining. Create Teams should appear for admins/owners that have access to Create Teams.
There is no way to browse existing private or public teams, once the add team button has been selected.
This is impacting adoption because unless a user knows the name of the team to search it or has a team link there is no way to see a teams existence.
Sharon Huang commented
we can find public teams, however, it requires search. it would be better if there is a public teams list that people could join. that's say, IT as example, we create a IT help Team but no one would find it unless they search!!. also, we want to connect this public Team email to existing email group(not 365 gorup), so that we can keep existing service on. please advise and this is really important to our orgnization. lots of our users ask why Teams can't connect to existing email group. we don't have answer to it.
I would suggest removing "Add team" if the user doesn't have the ability to create O365 groups (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Control-who-can-create-Office-365-Groups-4c46c8cb-17d0-44b5-9776-005fced8e618?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US) as it's misleading as the original post states.
In this case it should simply say "Join team"
Jason W commented
Currently we can't see public teams because we use on-prem exchange, the Teams client should be able to see public teams when using the "Add Teams" function even for on-prem exchange users.
We don't see public teams unless we type out their name. People are used to be able to browse public teams in Slack. Why would you make it hard for users to join public teams?
Keith B commented
My users cannot see the Public Teams I have created for them. It seems to me like the "Teams" part of Teams should be very easy to access. I would like my users to be able to opt-in to certain Team feeds - or opt-out as desired. This seems like a very basic functionality.
An internal/corporate public team directory would be great to have. A new user could see which groups are public and select the ones that are relevant. Perhaps a country or department based directory could help even further. perhaps adding hashtags (#finance #US #HSE) in the Team description can make it easier for the search engine to find them.
Paul Youngberg commented
What part of this is complete? Being able to see all Public Teams? That works for us now. The other two items mentioned (Previewing Teams and Add + Join button) are not working in the Windows Desktop client.
Previewing a team should also enable the user to interact in the conversation. Our use case involves having Teams + Groups spun up for each of our 500+ clients. The main employees on those accounts are members of the Groups+Teams but sometimes other employees do incidental work and need access to those Teams to make a quick comment. Currently, they have to join the Team, make their comment, then remember to leave the team (if they forget to leave, they start getting all the email traffic from the attached Group - not ideal). They should be able to leave comments, then close the Team without having to worry about membership, or about how Teams is attached to Groups (no one thinks about that except admins)
Looks like the prompt is still "Add team" rather than "Add or join a team" (web and MacOS app) - is this change still in the works? thanks!
Pavel Backa commented
It is really weird. Somewhere it works, somwhere not. In browser I can see public teams, in MacOs app not. One user can see public teams within app in Windows 10 and another cannot see them (app in windows 7).
This is still in development?
Paul Youngberg commented
In O365 groups I can 'view' a public Group without joining it. This is insanely useful for us. We've make Groups for each of our 500+ clients but our users only join groups for clients they're actively involved with. Still, sometimes they're doing incidental work with a client and they'll pop in to get caught up on the conversation. A+ feature.
Now look at Teams: when I want to pop into the conversation I have to "Join" the Team... which joins me to the Group... and now I have to remember to 'leave' the Team/Group after I'm done. Not a fun thing to explain to your users. Especially when they start getting all the emails meant for the Group attached to the Team they just joined sent to their inbox. Please make this work exactly the same as it works in O365 Groups! Thank you.
Next level would be to recommend top teams based on your AAD structure/role. Don't spam here: suggest only top teams with a certain threshold.
Many of these hierarchically-based teams you should be automatically added to if it's from a DG. :(
Vincent Caberas commented
need this feature
Agreed. If a Team is public, it should be easy to join by just seeing a list of available Teams.