Guest Presenter in Team Live Event Meeting
It does not appear that Guest users can be a presenter in a Live Event meeting. This is a key functionality as not all presenters will be employees.
Enabling support for Office 365 guest and federated users in live events has been added to the backlog. We’ll update on the timeline when we have more details.
Jeffrey MacPhail commented
Note the workaround Kevin stated below. If the guest user is in your Office 365 Directory then they can be made a presenter.
The easiest way to get them in your Office 365 Directory in a few clicks is to add them to a Team. That may open another can of worms, but you can also immediately remove them from the Team and they will remain in the Directory! So my process is to notify the guest that they will receive a "Welcome to ___ Team" email that they should IGNORE.
I am also adding my support to this. It's key functionality and particularly pertinant for a regional educational organisation like ours who can't always get presenters live.
Michael Fera commented
This is core functionality (and is available in Skype for Business). Without it, we cannot adopt.
Mark Philip commented
Adding my vote to this, we are creating events that will increasingly have external partners as guest presenters.
Agree- critical. We will not go to Teams if the ability to 'pass the presenter' is not possible. This ties to partner meetings, trainings etc. Not all users (presenters) are internal and if this feature does not exist, we will be forced to stay with another tool for meetings. Seems odd this isn't in your features list yet- basic functionality for most webinar presenting tools. Functionality should allow for host to start but then have feature to invite presenter (basically pass the presenter) and then pull back as needed. This is different than 'control' which is also necessary but only shows the original presenter content.
Alexej Hinz commented
Please implement this feature. Thank you.
Absolutely critical! What does it mean to have a "backlog?" Does that include any expectation of when we might see this?
This is absolutely core functionality for us and the biggest barrier to us adopting Teams as our go-to event streaming platform.
Ian Caldwell commented
Please add support for external guest presenters.Our company uses webinars for both internal and external audiences - and our presenters can be both internal and external. Regular Teams meetings work great with external guests - so please include external guests for Teams Live Events.
mansukh vekaria commented
please can we see this added onto teams.
Kevin Lutz commented
The workaround noted below doesn't appear to work (unless I'm missing something). A Live Event can't be associated with a channel like a regular Team meeting.
This isn't ideal, but a workaround is to create an Office365 Group (or "Team"), add the guest user to the group, and then produce the live event through that group. The guest user will not see the "Meetings" tab on the left-hand side of the app, but they can still join the meeting by clicking the link. (The browser will ask if they want to open the link in the desktop app.)
Agreed! This feature is the single most important factor for my team -- if this feature is not developed, we will likely have to switch to a different meeting software.
Yes, this is a very important functionality especially for groups who work exclusively with external partners. Please enable this functionality.