Import Groups & Contacts from Skype for Business
With the integration of Skype's features in Microsoft Teams, is there a way to export/import your Contacts and Groups from Skype into Microsoft Teams?
For someone that has been using Teams for over a year now, this would be very useful tool.
As to perform this task of creating Groups, adding the people to them both internal and external manually would take several hours.
Let me know if I can assist.
Consumes half my laptop real estate, and no compact view. No way to import contacts from my existing 'supported' solution.
Such basic fundamental stuff.. This is how windows Phone started
Awais M commented
We are moving to Dynamics365 and Skype for Business kicks out users with an error that too many sessions are there. Microsoft technician confirmed it that this is a known behaviour with Dynamics so we should move to Teams. Our ERP rollout is due in less than 15 days, and we urgently planned to move to Teams, and now so many essential features are missing in Teams including this Group membership. We are right now in a tough situation. Microsoft should prioritize this change.
Billie Lynn L. Ross commented
Not having this feature is something soo basic, it obvious the lead developer doesn't understand the user base and migration paths. With companies having 100's to 10's of 1000's employees these lists and groups are crazy important and show the lack of understanding by the project designer in realizing the proper use case scenarios. Teams is currently totally unusable in my organization because this feature isn't available. I have a few hundred internal contacts sorted into lots of different groups because we have a internal user base of over 60K employees all using Skype and migrating to Teams. This is a major blocker for adaptation.
Not having a 'Migrate Contacts from SFB to Teams" feature is like selling a car without a windscreen. Looks great from a distance but nobody'll want to take it for a real drive once they're actually in the driver's seat.
[Deleted User] commented
I have a lot of external contacts using Skype for business with me. Not all of them have to switch to teams now. At the moment I can't add any external contact. :-(
Microsoft is making worst collaboration tool ever. It is called TEAMS.
How do you imagine i import over 1000 contacts one by one it to groups i had in Skype?
I can not believe what kind of developers work in Microsoft. Worst app ever. An i thought skype was bad.
This capability would seem to be especially important for users with Calling Plan and Phone System licensing.
Perhaps MS is using the minimum feature model of deployment (Eric Ries: The Lean Startup) to get it out quickly, which is fine for early adopters. Importing contacts is expected by mainstream users. Not having it makes my job as an admin for hundreds of accounts difficult. It's now over a year since the original related suggestion was made.
I've found that a large portion of the issues deals with the way software is developed now vs. 10 years ago. We used to only get new features in Office every 2-3 years. Now, software is developed with monthly and weekly releases with bug fixes any time in between. With this, it should be expected that critical features are missing and always being developed and released. If we waited another year for them to release Teams, you'd have many more of these issues resolved, but instead we're seeing the development "in process". That being said, Microsoft could employ more customer support staff to handle forums to create a lot more clarity for users. There are not so many posts here that everyone with more than 10 votes couldn't have an answer directly from Microsoft and have duplicates constantly consolidated/eliminated from the historical record.
I was hoping to see a notification on this item. It has been so long since Teams came into picture.
Anyone who has been using Skype for so many years can't just add all the contacts one by one. An import feature is a must to have.
Nick Moroniti commented
How has this not been done yet? This seems like such an obvious feature that would be necessary for successful user adoption.
Ryan Bonnell commented
Definitely need to access contacts outside of the organization. I can't sell my team on TEAMS if they cant Skype with contacts from outlook. I already have guys kicking and screaaming about moving forward.
Now this is the Microsoft I know:
1. Discontinue a product that has been around for so long, they've actually managed to get rid of a lot of bugs (SFB)
2. Force everyone over on a new mastodon (even if all you really wanted was video calls and chat)
3. Start forcing user over on a new product while product is still in alpha/beta stage.
4. Start promising that everything will be fixed ... some time in the future
And not the least:
5. Make sure that if you get a version past the beta stage and it actually starts being useful, introduce new functionality that breaks already existing functionality.
That would be a great feature. For our on-prem SfB we use a script that runs everyday to populate our contacts in SfB but that's not possible for Teams. It woul dbe nice if all AD user that use Teams where automatically added to the contacts in Teams. Now it only allows to add a user 1 by 1.
I have contacts in my Teams that are old SFB contacts. Is there a way to sync SFB Contacts and Groups in to Teams?
Lily Qian commented
Definitely need this feature, I don't want to manually add contacts and contact groups one by one when move to Team from Skype
I don't get it, how is this not something they thought of. So many simple things wrong with stopping Teams from actually being a good product. I get Skype is limited to just being a chat based application, but it is brilliant at being that. Teams wants to be every thing and fails at all of them.
Like what idiot put the suggested contact in teams with no way to disable it and what idiot approved it for production.
Teams wants to be like #slack, but you can't even be like #SfB
I can't believe this was not in the initial release.
Agreed-- being able to export/import contact lists so that the Team members are in logical groups (by department, for example) would be extremely helpful for those of us migrating off of Skype, and also for new hires as they are setting up Teams.
Stupid that Teams doesn't have this already. What's the point of creating an alternative which doesn't have the basic stuff?
Al Toper commented
Need this if we are going to change over to Teams