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Hide a user from Microsoft Teams

It would be very beneficial to be able to hide a user from showing as a Microsoft Teams user. Right now it is super confusing for users when old staff members whose mailboxes are still being used show in Microsoft Teams. There is currently no option to hide these users from showing as contacts in chats.

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  • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add this feature. If you hide the address in Exchange, Teams should pull that config for itself as well. Thank you.

  • Alex Bleicker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm also struggling with this, we have some users with multiple accounts due to different geographical locations where aliases to their mailbox is not feasible due to the way the data/email are structured and we end up with several results for the same person on teams. We have to write the different email addresses on the display name to make easier to identify, but that is an ugly work around. Please add an option to hide.

  • Sammy Voss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are also seeing this issue in our Teams environment causing a user to be improperly tagged in threads and channels. Please implement this with expediency, since it is necessary for users to be able to communicate seamlessly with this product.

    username@organization.com
    name@anotherDomain.com (only on Exchange license-should not be in Teams)

    We were told that the feature to hide users that are listed in the Global Address List (GAL) cannot be done for Teams yet and will be implemented soon. Only Skype users can be hidden right now.

  • Chris Monroe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really need this. We currently leave a users email functional for about 2 months with automatic replies so customers will know who to contact on their accounts.

  • MikaelJones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really need this. We invite external users as Azure AD Guests (for other services than Teams) and whenever you start a new chat you see the user twice, both as (Guest) and (External) and it’s very confusing for the user to choose the correct, which should be the external one.

  • Donald Strand commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have two tennants and sometimes we duplicate names for addresses so you might have abc@abc.com and abc@efg.com. When you pull up New Conversation you get the persons name "abc" twice with no trailin domain so it's SUPER confusing. This is more of a bug report than a feature suggestion but I'll vote for it anyway. If I hide someone from the GAL they shouldn't show up in teams.

  • Richard Guwoe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a much needed feature. At the very least, showing only users with active license.

    When assigning license to users, theres the option to turn off specific apps. Teams is already an option but turning it off does just seems to remove the user access.

    In addition to turning off the user access, removing them from Teams as a user or searchable user would be beneficial.

  • Shadh Zaman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is ridiculous. GAL can hide user accounts - so why would someone implement an ability to look up even the odd service accounts from a chat/collab software?
    At least make it so that only people with an active office account show up.

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