After months of wait, Microsoft is finally adding support for guest access to Microsoft Teams. The company was initially planning to add support for guest access to Teams by the end of June, but it later got delayed. With support for guest access on Microsoft Teams, companies will now be able to invite users outside of their organization without any hassle. These guests will be able to join meetings, take calls and collaborate on documents shared within a team.
As usual, however, things are not quite as straightforward as you would expect.
At the moment, guest access on Microsoft Teams will require an Azure Active Directory account. As the guest accounts are part of Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Teams users will be able to easily manage these accounts and get enterprise-grade security. All of these accounts will also be manageable from Office 365 itself, so IT Pros will be able to revoke or modify access for guests whenever they want.
Microsoft is working on bringing support for the regular Microsoft Accounts later on, which would cast a much wider net of potential users and allow one to invite nearly anyone to a Teams session. Support for an MSA is expected “in the next few weeks,” according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
In other news, Microsoft says Teams has been used by 125,000 organizations since its launch.