Possibility to allow visitors without becoming a member of the Team
Let employees visit your Team work and conversations without being an active member of the Team. It can promote an Open culture and network collaboration in your company.
Visitor (public teams)
A projectteam works on some new features for his internal customer. There is a representative who’s member of the team, but other colleagues are just interested to follow the progress from time to time. So they like to visit the team when they have time for it. They don’t want to be invited for meetings or follow the progress daily.
Ad hoc contributor (public teams)
A team works on a specific item and knows an expert in the company from whom they would like to know his opinion. So the want to make him contributor for that specific conversation by mentioning him. It makes no sense to make him member as his contribution is very temporary and only for one specific item. By mentioning him he gets a trigger in his Teams activity or via outlook if he’s not already active in Teams. He is able to visit the Team and give his feedback in the conversation.
Ad hoc contributor (private teams)
Cfr. Public teams but only this conversation is accessible for the ad hoc contributor.
Mark E commented
This is an important feature omission.
In addition to above, another alternative is to create a Visitor (or Viewer) role and allow the Team owner to set it as a default. That way people can join a public team, they join as a Visitor by default and can just view without the risk of them editing things. The owner can promote them to member if requested.
Having a visitor role is a key part of managing participation aligned to RACI.
Hello. I work in education and it would be very useful to allow ownership and membership to teachers or a Teams and visitors to students. Thank you.
I also commented and voted on this similar post:
This would be useful in organisations I work within: where a core or inner team are Members but we have 'integrated stakeholders' from time to time from within the organisation; I don't want to give them full membership to the private team, but would prefer a contributor / visitor access to a private team. Allowing an ad hoc contributor to a particular conversational thread would be good (as mentioned above) too.