Teams Live Event - ability to invite external presenters without O365 license
Our company organizes quite often events with external presenters.
Some of the presenters works in company who doesn't have O365 licenses and accounts, and currently there is no way that they could present in Teams Live Event.
We are aware of possibility of using telephony dial out, but having only voice is just not good enough nowadays.
Could you work on such feature?
Pam Scheiller commented
We need the feature so that we can host calls with external presenters.
There should not need to be a 'workaround' for this. Zoom and Webex make it exceptionally easy for anyone to be a webinar presenter. You should need to have someone's specific email to invite them as a presenter, and that is it. Maybe they need a password, like Webex, fine. If they need to download the Teams desktop app for free and then delete later, fine.
But they should not need to jump through a bunch of hoops to set up a dummy account. I have resorted to having our external presenters simply host the meeting on their preferred platform and invite our staff to attend because it involves a lot less trouble shooting and saves a great deal of the presenter's and my time.
Dave Moore commented
Invite the guest presenter to a Team before your LIVE event. That's the workaround I've had to resort to... We're ignorant to what the Teams product team really means, but if you have a practice where you highlight poor experiences...you NEED to test this one. I would also encourage you to sign up for a free Outlook.com account and then try to sign up for Teams. In my experience, your app asks users to create an organization! So confusing.. By the way, when we call support to ask about this, they tell us 'all is good...and to keep trying..'
Why don't you try to create a guest user for your organisation and share the credential with the guests.You can change the password once they finish the program .
At the moment we are purchasing a new webinar solution, for our webinars with external presenters. Please add this feature, so we don't have to pay double for an extra webinar solution.
We use Teams Live when we are only internal presenters, which work great.
Paul Stanley commented
Annoying but my current workaround is to add them to a Microsoft Team that I setup for the event which then creates then a guest account and they have to do the usual/configured security checks (like confirm email and add mobile phone etc)
Why was the following posted?
Is this not correct? Why is this "feature" being "voted" on as if it wasn't already in the backlog (from June 2019)?
Please make it possible for non-O365 users to be invited as presenters.Our institution uses Teams extensively and we were hoping to use it for a continuing series virtual events but not being able to include presenters from outside our organization is a deal breaker.
Stefan Van de Velde commented
I don't believe this should be an item that should be voted for. It should simply be available in Teams events. If not Teams events is useless.
Allowing "guests" to present would be really helpful!
We do a lot of youth work training and invite lots of people to come and present their ideas to others from outside our organisation who don't necessarily have an O365 license.
I believe the External Presenter would need to be a Guest User in your organisation. This is extremely limiting. Anyone who joins a Teams Meeting and Live Event should be able to be designated as a Presenter. It's the only reason our organisation can't use Teams for Webinars.
I wish I can vote on this 1 million times. This is so very needed. My company had a few Live Events where we had external presenters/lawyers discuss the CARES Act and our sick time. I wish that if they joined through the web browser, like any other Teams meeting, that they join as a presenter and not automatically an attendee where they can't talk. If you have to make a verification/approval thing for the producers/organizers, so be it because this is extremely important.
We had such a terrible experience where the main presenter even downloaded Teams onto her computer and couldn't join as a presenter even after signing in with her O365. Her colleague also had to download Teams but was somehow able to join as a presenter. Because we tried to troubleshoot up to the start of the meeting and couldn't find why she kept joining as an attendee, she dialed into the meeting to present with me advancing the slides. And of course, she was viewing as an attendee, so she saw the 10 sec delays and had to pause to see her next slide to talk. Because of this horrendous experience, we decided not to do any more Live Events with external presenters.
I understand you have had a MASSIVE increase in usage and working very hard on pushing out new and improved features (thank you for your hard work!), but with meetings going virtual, this is sooooo very needed.
Can you make Teams desktop version a free download? Or a lite version for Live Events? This is a real limitation for us as some of our presenters are MS users but have not yet moved to the cloud. Great way to get them to transition...