Allow anonymous guests to chat within a meeting
Currently, if a guest joins a meeting anonymously, it seems they cannot chat with each other or the organiser.
If someone wanted to use Teams to webcast to a wide range of users who mostly don't have a Teams account, and may be private citizens rather than organisations, the only option for them to join is anonymously.
But they then can't use the Chat feature to ask questions (which would be preferable to them using audio on a busy webcast).
Or is this feature already planned in and coming soon...?
We use Teams to coordinate projects with external vendors - sometimes additional transient anonymous attendees are invited to make comments or share snippets of information on chat. This allows us to have a record of the conversation with everyone.
This is also a problem if you associate a meeting with a channel.
Internal employees cannot chat if they are not a member of the team that the channel is associated with.
All attendees of a meeting should be able to chat
Dave French commented
Terrible not to allow anonymous guests to chat, very hard conversation to have with customers, use teams it's a collaboration tool, they join my meeting and can't chat with me awful first impressions of a collaboration tool !!!
I can not see any reason why Microsoft would not have guests in a meeting able to chat. This is a deal breaker for many of our clients for using teams. This is urgently needed, there are hundreds of posts online about this major frustration.
Raúl López-García commented
In a training scenario, we have guests in Teams Meeting who are one time participants.
To differentiate between normal meetings and meetings for training sessions, we need to create them in a channel. The only way to have a chat with the participants of the training sessions is to add them to the team which is not viable since there are one time users.
We need to ave chave with guest users in a meeting inside a channel.
Darwin Pou commented
Also should allow chatting one to one for training scenarios from presenter to specific attendee including Anonymous one. Should allow to send pictures for screen shots, too. It should allow enabling or disabling general chat through interface. MS Teams lacks of important features for More control over meeting with Anonymous attendees when other Solutions have already done it. Should allow enabling AND disabling all attendees' mic and cameras through interface to avoid meeting interruption and could be complemented with raise hand feature.
Will M commented
Would be great if guests could use the conversation panel in a meeting to talk with everyone in the meeting. Unfortunate that there is no way for them (guests) to send messages/questions to anyone.
We also need this feature very much. Some customers and distributors will join our meetings and chat with us online. It's not smart to limit and lock this function for anonymous, it should let host to decide and control.
Arnaud Bocquillon commented
This feature is a must have for our organization. Also, disabling lobby for anonymous would be great.