- Planning to join organization meetings with your personal Teams account?
- Well, it’s something you can actually do without any annoying extra steps.
- Microsoft announced that the feature has already started rolling out to users.
- At present, login is either by email address or by phone number.
If you were one of the users who were waiting for the release of this Teams feature, your wait is finally over, starting today.
Microsoft has finally introduced a new feature that allows Teams users to chat with members outside their organization, even if they’re using a personal account.
This can be achieved by inviting the other person using either their email address or phone number. Yes, you can also invite groups of users with personal accounts, using the same technique.
The feature has already started rolling out to the public
Indeed, the Redmond technology company has finally made the announcement that many have been waiting for since the last Ignite conference.
So if you want to start a one-on-one or group chat with anyone who has a personal Microsoft account, no change of tenant is required.
All of this happens while providing IT admins and users of Microsoft Personal Account Teams with a range of controls and tools to ensure security.
How can I use this feature?
Fret not, because taking full advantage of this latest integration is as easy as saying Microsoft Teams. Chatting with external users without having to switch tenants helps you get the results you need faster.
So, depending on your organization’s administrative settings and the Teams personal account user:
- Start conversations with external users of the Teams personal account.
- External Teams personal account users can start conversations with Teams at work users.
Starting a conversation with users of a personal Teams account:
- Organization-managed Teams users can invite Teams personal account users they want to chat with by entering the full email address or phone number. Personal Teams users can enter the exact organizational email address of the user they wish to reach and attempt to start a conversation.
- If the person you want to chat with isn’t already a Teams user, they’ll receive an email or text message inviting them to join the conversation using a personal account. When they register and log into their personal Teams account, they will be able to join the chat.
- Once the person you invited accepts the invitation, you can start a new individual or group chat or even add it to an existing external group chat. This thread will appear alongside your other threads, no change of tenant is required to view the thread.
- Express yourself, as part of your chat, you can send and receive rich messages, GIFs and media.
- Join only the conversations you want to join. You can block messages from external users or leave a group chat.
- Organization-managed Teams users and Teams personal account users have the option to decline an external invitation. One can send a message to an external user up to 10 times before they accept, but if the message is not accepted after 10 messages, you will not be able to send any further messages to that user.
We know you’ve been waiting for this new integration for quite some time now, so you’ll surely be thrilled with Microsoft’s latest announcement.
As we said, the feature has already started rolling out and all you have to do to get it is update your Teams app.
And since now that’s generally available, the next step would be joining Teams meetings as HD, 3D avatars, an integration that’s also happening right now, believe it or not.
Being the best communication app in the market, Teams gets updates and new features quite often, so don’t forget to take advantage of the new mental conditioning exercises available on the platform as well.
Another cool new addition to the software is the walkie-talkie feature, which is also generally available to anyone who wants to try it out for a test drive.
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