Support external users for all group functionality
Currently, external users can only interact with a group via messages sent to the external users' inbox. External users should be "full citizens" in groups for today's dynamic world of partnerships and contractors on projects.
Guest access in Groups is currently rolling out, but is not yet available to all applicable customers.
Read more about guest access at our blog: https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/08/introducing-guest-access-for-office-365-groups/
You can also watch the presentation Shashi gave during Ignite in September: https://myignite.microsoft.com/videos/1362
For status, check the Office Roadmap: http://fasttrack.microsoft.com/roadmap#I-35213
You are also laying MICROSOFT. you haven't addressed this in 2016. this is 2019 and I can't still add external users into 365 groups!!!!!!
Why is microsoft always behind? Trying to implement microsoft teams and there are different employees from different domains and companies that need to be added into one group and cannot do it. this is very basic feature that needs be added from the start. I guess we stop using GARBAGE microsoft products
Currently with the Groups and Yammer integration, External users are NOT currently allowed in the groups per https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Yammer-and-Office-365-Groups-d8c239dc-a48b-47ab-b85e-6b4b8191a869
Q: Can I add external users to Office 365 connected Yammer groups?
A: No. This will cause a sync failure because external users are not managed by Azure AD.
Is this coming into the roadmap? I don't currently see it.
Nicklas Lundqvist commented
Actually external users are NOT "full citizens" of the group yet. As far as I can see they can not access the Plan and/or the Calendar within a Office 365 group.
9 times out of 10 this is a request that people have when i create them a group. As excited as they get with the features and functionality, it immediately is lost once i cannot meet the this requirement.
My users are finding other ways to interact outside our 365 environment. Please address.
Yeah, not addressed. Still no calendars and other features.
You haven't actually addressed it thought because it's 2017 and it's still an issue. I like how it's branded as "new and improved" when it's actually less functional than before.
Is there any problem with user with gmail account when group is shared with a gmail account user. As I checked and its not working.
it works here via OWA but not via outlook is this normal ?
CBT Support commented
I was working with Support on this very issue, and they said that our external guests need to have a Microsoft account or a "live" account - none of which will work in our environment for external guests. Looking at the Roadmap, it says this has been accomplished, yet Support does not know how to get it to work in our environment. This was sold as our internal solution to users going outside of the company and opening a multitude of Dropbox accounts just to be able to share files and have immediate access over the internet without a vpn. Makes IT look bad when we're trying to sell these ideas that do not work.
Simply, we setup a group site, Sync the Files to our computers, so that the folders are accessible like they would be connecting to a shared drive on our network. Simple enough for even our old school users. Yet when we try to give external users access to a folder, we get an error saying outside access is not allowed, even though all of the setting in our portal support outside users. Completely frustrated.
Dave Bevis commented
We need to be able to let external users access the group calendar - this is critical. It can even be read only access.
J Clark commented
I'm a bit confused...hard to find cold hard facts NOT having to do with Outlook, which we aren't using. It seemed like a given that we could add external addresses to a distribution list...it would have probably been a deal-breaker that we were not able to do this. Now we recently converted and we cannot? Is this a planned addition...soon I hope?!
Really needs to have guests be able to access the group calendar.
Why isn't this standard feature? Groups is for sharing internal and external by the owner/moderators choice. Not to be dictated by MS
Thanks a lot guys.
I now have access to this feature, but the fatal flaw is not allowing guest users access to the calendar - the main reason for wanting to use it. Please could this be added.
Denise Passero commented
It would be really great to have this working. At our community college we have a need to communicate with and collaborate with local high school teachers and guidance counselors and this feature would be very useful. Can we have an ETA on when this will be ready?
Thomas Radman commented
There is a somewhat connected request, ... lets fix the problem with the url first ... please vote for it ...
Is this feature available yet. If so, how do you make the feature available so you no longer receive this error message, "Administrative policies don't allow sharing with people outside your organization" when trying to share a file with an external users in Groups in Office 365.
I have seen on the Office 365 support site that there is the option now to add guests/external users to the groups, but I cannot ********* our account... please let me know how i can speed this up.