Distribution Lists in Teams
In Skype for Business client I can add a Distribution List as a Contact Group.
Can we have this feature in Teams?
Are you kidding me? I have 170 students and I have to be online next week. I have a million things to do and you want me to manually add 170 email addresses?
Keith Onstot commented
Integrating Outlooks Global Address Book would rapidly accelerate adoption of Teams and embracing a full suite of communication methods in our organization.
I found a work around for now. Go into MS Outlook, then your calendar. Create a calendar invite and invite the distribution list. Click the button that says "Team Meeting" when creating the invite.
When you hit send, Outlook will add the meeting information (link to join, phone number,...) to the invite automatically. You can open the invite to see this information. The invite will also appear on your teams calendar.
This pathetic..I am in the same boat we have hundeds of users and its impossible to add them to meetings like this. If anything this product is an "un-Teams" product. Fix this!
Sherri Rodriguez commented
How is this not already a feature of Teams. Seems pretty basic. Need to have the distribution list added as a contact so that the list can be expanded and individual employees can be messaged from that list. Also easy for managing when employees are hired or leave the organization. Is there even a work around for this?
David Rogosch commented
Yes, our staff would like to send to an existing distribution list or office 365 group without needing to create separate ones
It is almost a joke this isn't incorporated yet.
Dynamic contact lists is critical for user adoption - why should users manage these contact lists adding and removing users? How incredibly frustrating would that be?! S4B can add both distribution lists and groups to Contacts. It's easy.
S4B is for Chat/Presence and Teams is for projects, currently, neither can replace the other.
Keifer Street commented
Our organization employs 250K people in North America. We absolutely need the ability to add a Contact Group in Teams as either a distribution list, security group, or Office 365 Group (that we have setup with Skype for Business now).
I personally have about 10 different groups of people in my Skype for Business now that are synced to DLs or Office 365 groups and it's great because as people join the company (or leave/reitre), I don't have to manually add or remove people from said groups in my chat - it happens automatically as those AD groups / Distribution Lists / Outlook 365 Groups are maintained centrally by the owner.
Not having some solution for this in Teams is a deal breaker. Having to manually add hundreds of people and trying to keep up as new people come on-board or leave in all these groups is a maintenance nightmare.
Can someone please give direction on how this feature will be supported in Teams? I feel like this is a major oversight or gap in our existing functionality. At present the transition to Teams is... painful as it's lacking several features like this.
If this is Microsoft's vision for company chat, it feels very half-baked, missing critical features like this and/or known bugs. For example, there's the "can't paste medium to large images from clipboard bug in Teams" reported back in 2017 that's still not fixed as of 3/16/20 - as a work-around, you can use CTRL + Shift + V then CTRL + V to get the large image to paste into Teams as expected, but it's such a basic feature/bug in Teams that works flawlessly in Skype for Business...
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Rick Sconbergg commented
Need O365/Exchange email distribution groups available in Teams.
We really need to have a security group to be added to teams. As administrators we need oversight and adding manually to hundreds of teams is inefficient to say the least
O365/Exchange email distribution groups are not available in Teams. Is this a bug or a feature? Please fix it ASAP.
Isn't distribution lists an appendage from the past?
Surely you should create a chat group or use a channel?
This Feature is Paramount to My organization's Migration. We are unable to expand DLs to see members and their status as we did in S4B and do in outlook. Please get a resolution ASAP.
Awais M commented
We can not move from SFB to Teams without this functionality. Should be a basic feature.
Greg Hoppes commented
In Skype for Business our office just adds the office distribution list and then everyone in the office is immediately in contacts for Teams. This is functionality that should already exist. Adding all your contacts manually is very poor setup.
Carson Smalling commented
Please incorporate this!
Aidan Bourke commented
Second all these comments. Definitely a required function.
Matt K commented
If you click on the "Select a Channel to Meet in" drop down menu and select a Teams channel that corresponds with the distribution list you wish to invite to the meeting, this will automatically send a meeting invite to all the members of that Team/distro.