Admin Controlled contact group available to all Teams users
Administrator 's ability to create a domain wide or tenant wide groups of contacts for example per department that is available to all Teams users like a company directory. Same as in other corporate messaging wherein any changes in the contact will be synced to all clients.
Admin controlled contact groups for Teams are available via the O365 Global Address List (GAL). Please see documentation here: https://docs.microsoft.com/exchange/address-books/address-lists/create-global-address-list.
Wim Groffils commented
I totaly agree with the comments, @alex the "try instead" is not at all a logical nor practical workaround or soluition. A user can make contact groups, just make it available for admins.
Paul Lantek commented
This would be a nice feature (event if it should be the most standard thing to have in a contact list) to have in teams!
I am the customer Nathan is referring to below.
We migrated from Notes and Sametime. This is the one feature Sametime has over Teams.
We have multiple locations and need to set up a group for each location and then add members to the group.
Please fix this.
Hi Alex and team -- Doesn't look like the "try this instead" GAL solution will work for my client, because users need access to more than one contact list, e.g. one per branch office.
It would be wonderful if creating a universally-accessible Teams contact group were as simple as creating a new team. Of course, I can create a new team and add a group of users to it; however, I can't seem to find any easy way to add all users from a given team to Chat Contacts -- much less to easily/automatically pre-load lists of chat contacts to all users in my client's organization.
Presently, my client seems to have no choice but to go on each of his 35 users' machines, set up their Outlook to sync all relevant contacts from the company's GAL to their personal Outlook contacts, then go into that user's Teams app and manually set up all the required contact groups. This is a huge pain, and if I had known about this beforehand, I probably wouldn't have even moved him off of his old chat/calling system.
David Brown commented
Yes please! This is very much needed and would be a fundamental feature to have, specially if we use Voice via Teams.
Leighton Davies commented
There are a few benefits to this feature that I strongly recommend including being able to get hold of mental health representatives or first aiders quickly and easily without having to worry about what number to dial. Beyond just 'handy' numbers.
We don't want them in the GAL at all. We need a shared contact list.
Alex, Could we please have an update or better doco on how the TRY THIS INSTEAD can actually work please?
This is a necessity as a "Business Phone Solution". Microsoft, please please please add this critical functionality.
I'm trying to set up a skills matrix for a team. I can't access the team members list directly, so I tried creating a contacts list in the associated SharePoint site, synch'd with my copy Outlook 2016, to which I was going to add columns for the various skills we want to track. Sadly, when I try to create a tab for this contacts list / skills matrix in the desktop Teams app, it doesn't recognise the list and won't connect to it.
So why isn't this added yet? it's been requested since Skype for business was still working. The fact that skype for business had this feature and it was removed on Teams. Forcing everyone to use Teams that removes features from the last usable software is unacceptable. This is getting ridiculous. I am getting pretty tired of how microsoft is running their services. I may have to reevaluate using office 365 and changing our whole company to a different platform.
Can't believe this isn't already built-in. What a farce.
This is a huge problem for companies considering Teams Voice. Teams does not support extensions and if you can't look up phone numbers of people on different phone systems, there is no way for a larger company to migrate to Teams Voice without a lot of user pain.
I want to share a list of contacts of any kind (clients, distributors, partners, ...) with my colleagues so we don't have to create it manually multiple times.
Is there any update on the ability to share a contact list within my Team?
We have a just bought a new phone system which incorporates Microsoft Teams for each of our colleges and would like all 'team' contacts visible for everyone. Thanks
I have 200+ site phone numbers that are not associated to an e-mail enabled user so having the capability to create and share a contact list within TEAMS would be a huge win instead of having to work on spreadsheets.
Please add this as soon as possible. It seems like a no-brainer. Most of our staff won't have the time, or desire, to create their own list and keep it updated. This seems like yet another what the heck is Microsoft thinking item.
Craig Shannon commented
Please add the functionality asap
TEAMS is currently looking at a default contact list in Outlook as it populates the Calls->Contacts option when you have a phone system connected. Being able to specify the contact list to show seems like a small change. It looks like Microsoft has hard-coded the reference to the user's personal contact list in that Calls->Contacts option so would it really be that difficult to expose a setting to allow the user to pick the contact list they want to use in place of the hard-code? It is already possible to share an Outlook contact list corporately, so by being able to pick a shared contact list, the problem would be solved ... at least for us.