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.
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Curtis Larsen commented
Listing shared contacts (e.g.) in a channel tab is easily just as critical as sharing documents and planner tasks. I'm honestly surprised that there's no built-in -- even static -- Contacts tab page that can be added to channel to list contacts relative to that channel. Right now I must add them as an ICS file to the channel, or as a few lines in a Wiki, or as a document file.
Dominic Sabol commented
This would be an extremely useful feature Microsoft, especially if you want this to compete with other platforms.
Cyndy Lewis commented
Please add this feature! I'm trying to drive adoption at my organization and this would really help a lot!
I agree! We're trying to decide whether to use Teams or Slack at work and this is the first thing the pro-Slack people mention as Slack does it and it makes it so much more user friendly. I'm honestly surprised this wasn't part of Teams to begin with.
Any year now.. something every Enterprise would demand.
Styrmir Jonsson commented
This is a must!
Yes this is a must as well as External Contact Groups for say Suppliers
AGREE!! We often need to "FIND" someone (anyone) from a group - say Data Center Infrastructure or Network Infrastructure.. I have Contact groups built so I can easily see presence for all. NOT having the ability to share those contact groups with the rest of my team is crazy. Even if it means sending a .ini file or "importing" or whatever.. SOMETHING to share the contact groups needs to be possible.
Nicolas Lemarchand commented
Totatlly Agree, if team really want to replace Skype it's a must be function !
Shane Knigge commented
Feature parity with SKYPE includes this function
Michael Proctor commented
100% agree, I would like as an admin to setup groups like "Accounts", "IT", "BDM's" etc, and then added contacts to those groups which is automatically shown to my users.
The user interface is not intuitive for my users, they go to chat and there is noone to chat to, they don't think to start searching for the persons name up the top, or to create a group and then click on 3 dots to then add a name and go searching. Not to mention 95% of my users couldn't be bothered doing it so just don't add any names.
Arve, I do not necessarily think it is the same. In things like Zoom - you can add contacts to a group e.g. IT. When users of the organization log in - they will see this group and the contacts in it without having to manually add contacts.
Allen H commented
Hi Arve, thanks for the info.
Arve Aleksandersen commented
Hey Allen. I think what you are asking for is really needed, but i think it's better described in this UserVoice post; https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/35371057-create-start-a-chat-for-a-contact-group