Display Teams created Groups in Outlook
MS recently announced that Groups will not display in Outlook if the groups was created thru Teams. Please do NOT implement this change. Regardless of where the group was created (Outlook or Teams) it should be visible thru Outlook.
Michael Carmack commented
Strong agree...I just found out that this happened some time ago when someone pointed out to me that they were following my training articles and it wasn't working. Because MS "broke" the way things worked. The issue for us is not so much that the Groups don't appear on the left pane of Outlook, it's that the Group name is no longer usable as a de facto distribution list. That is a HUGE feature in my agency, I use it almost every day!
Look, MS...I get that you want people to create a new Team every five minutes, for every situation in the world. And that that can clutter a Global Address Book, which will get the collective undies in a bunch of the **** admins out there that want things to be "clean". At least that's the only reason I can think of that this change was made, to satisfy cranky admins...no end user would find this change valuable. "Why yes, I do think it would make my life easier to remove data and functionality from the tool I use all day every day...thank you!" <eyeroll>
The "workaround" is to have the admin manually add the Group to Outlook via a PowerShell script. Uh, really? Such administrative gates essentially mean it's just never going to happen. But if it's a simple PowerShell command already, why not just add a check box to the Group/Team creation screen that says "Add this Team to the organization's global address book" or "to Outlook" or whatever. Heck, leave it unchecked by default if you want (just make it an option that can be activated later if the user changes his/her mind). Everyone is happy.
This WAS implemented and it is a nightmare. I understand that some clients may have requested this change, however it should be up to each tenant how they would like this to work. This has completely disrupted our ability to successfully roll out Teams.
Kim Wade commented
Strongly agree. Currently Outlook is the only way users can find all group/team names in one place. Removing teams is going to cause people to go to 2 different places AND for teams if you are not a member you won't even see it to know if you want / need to join.