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?
Ajay Nachare commented
Waiting for this feature to roll out, is there any ETA from MS
This is a critical function that I use every single day, all day, in Skype. And a major feature that makes the Skype for Business app a better product for me over teams.
No wait to dial from the outside into a teams meeting is a second snafu (but that might be organizational), and then I absolutely hate how terrible the UI is for teams.
Though you support to add the distribution lists in main member but we cannot use it in the channels. Then it is very very difficult to manage the private channels. In main member list, you should left the distribution lists in there too to support this case.
Graham Ramsay commented
Need this - trying to sell MS Teams in org is very difficult without it.
This is crazy, how much time is wasted by forcing 100 people to add 100 contacts manually. WHY!?
Perry Schiele commented
Why wouldn't this be a feature? Please Microsoft give us the capability of using Office 365 groups & Azure AD Sync'd Distribution Lists from on-prem AD. This really hinders our migration to Teams, as end users will not want to add everyone in the company as a "Contact".
tech support peep commented
Do it please.
Hop Head Farms, LLC. commented
This is a core function it needs to be added asap.
John Gwinner commented
The documentation mentions that it's possible, "Start typing a name, distribution list, security group, or Office 365 group to add to your team. You can also add people outside your organization as guests by typing their email addresses."
I just opened a ticket based on the docs, and they said it may or may not work based on some back end attributes. These are not currently available to anyone but MS Operations. So, it sort of works, sort of doesn't, and they are working on it.
+1 for this feature
Damien Eggler commented
Hello?? How about an acknowledgement!
Alex Morrison commented
A weird feature not to have already considering that Teams is supposed to be the best collab tool out there... Being able to message a distribution list is a KEY feature, particularly for MSP's who have multiple teams running in an organization with 100s of users... Skype has this feature!! COME ON MICROSOFT
Matt B commented
key method of instant contact for our support team from those who wouldn't normally be a part of the same "team" (internal customers)
Yes please add this feature. This is useful in Skype for Business and why it's not available in "Teams" is baffling to just about everyone in my organization.
Similar to comments below, am working with a large enterprise customer where this is becoming a huge feature request that can not be dodged. This functionality is critical to connect corporate and front line workers where there is high turnover and users need to quickly find users (ideally who are active) based on logically centralized groups.
For a front line worker centric industry (retail, hospitality etc..), picture a scenario where someone at head office needs to reach out to a manager-role halfway across the world at a particular location to quickly see if someone from a particular functional area is available and can briefly discuss an item via chat. Should they join the local store's manager team to browse it's membership? No, would be a lot easier if they could quickly browse the distribution / AD structure that's been instituted for years from the Chat section, browse / pin that distribution group and reach out to an available user.. exactly how they would have done it for years in skype for business, IBM sametime or a number of other enterprise chat applications.
The suggested workarounds to add users to teams is not practical as users who were not historically intended to be a member of a distribution list would need to join it just to browse the membership.. and by joining the membership they start polluting the accuracy of that team...
I simply do NOT understand why this functionality was not ported over from Skype to support some quick user identification / chat.
Hope this rationale is helpful for understanding the need
We need to be able to contact a Distribution list (like in Skype for Business) as sometimes we do not know who is available in the team to notify them for an outage or major incident.
We are lacking this feature from Skype for Business. if MS is focussing on Teams, then this feature is a must !!
Isn't this some bs... This is such an obvious core feature, it's like the MS product management team tried to take a bite of an ice cream cone and missed so bad that they smashed it into their forehead instead.
Dang, MS, can't you just integrate the exchange groups settings into Teams so users don't have to deal with this manually?
If I were on the development team, this feature would be a top priority.
Akio Saito commented
This is definitely needed.
Mike Sutherland commented
Funny that Teams does not work with Teams. This is a critical need for a collaborative application. Cannot even copy and paste a list of Contacts into the To: field.