Microsoft Teams starting to roll out full guest access

Doris Richards
March 1, 2018

Microsoft is today advancing guest account support for Teams.

Previously, users needed to have an Azure Active Directory account in order to be added, but now you can add anyone with an email address. Indications are that freemium users will need a Microsoft Account to use the service, though what other restrictions will be applied is as yet unknown.

After months of wait, Microsoft is finally adding support for full guest access to Microsoft Teams. The word "Guest" gets added automatically next to their user names within a team. Teams is now tied to Office 365; even with the guest access feature, there must be at least one paid Office 365 account to create an instance. With its latest expansion, which will start rolling out next week, Microsoft says anyone with a business or consumer email account, including Outlook and Gmail accounts, can be allowed to access Teams as a guest.

"Azure AD also uses adaptive machine learning algorithms and heuristics to detect anomalies and suspicious incidents, enabling mitigation or remediation actions, such as multi-factor authentication, to be triggered as appropriate", Microsoft's announcement noted. They'll be identified as guests throughout the UI, so you can keep track of guests on the team. We read every piece of feedback that we receive to make Teams even better.

Guest access invitations arrive via e-mail.

If you enabled guest access with the expectation that you wanted to restrict it to AAD accounts only, you can disable guest access via the Teams setting by switching the feature off. Teams has only been available to Office 365 business users to date, but the launch of a freemium version of Teams will allow Microsoft to directly compete with Slack, one of the market's leading communication tools for businesses that already offers a free version.

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