Microsoft adds shared stations with Teams Connect

With the start of Teams Connect as of this week’s Ignite conference, Microsoft Groups users can collaborate with exterior partners and clients within shared channels now.

Later this year obtainable in private preview before a full roll-out, Teams Connect shared stations are obtainable within the main Groups app view alongside normal channels. Customers can continue steadily to access Teams functions such as for example text chat, tone of voice and movie within shared channels, along with share co-author and content paperwork with external users within real-time.

When launched, Shared stations will appear being an option from the channel development menu alongside private and regular channels. External Teams users could be invited to become listed on the shared space after that, with Groups admins given “granular handles” over external user usage of data and details.

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Establishing a shared channel in Groups.


Requests for more descriptive comment by Microsoft on the admin regulates – and whether multiple agencies can accessibility a shared channel – weren’t immediately returned.

Shared channels is really a long-awaited feature within Groups, said Wayne Kurtzman, a considerable research director from IDC, and will make it contend with Slack and Search engines Chat in the united group collaboration software market.

“The opportunity to easily collaborate between companies using Shared Stations was a thing that Microsoft Teams was sorely lacking,” said Kurtzman. “Teams Connect assists solve that nagging issue by extending Groups membership to partner businesses.”

The announcement follows an identical move this past year by Teams’ rival Slack. Slack Connect enables to 20 institutions to collaborate within a shared channel up, an expansion of the prevailing shared channel capacity introduced by owner in 2017.

“Groups Connect, like Slack Connect, meets an evergrowing market dependence on cross-company collaboration, within context, integrating messaging, meetings, apps, and information,” said Irwin Lazar president and principal analyst with Metrigy, in the post .

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     External consumer accounts are designated within Teams Connect.

Lazar remarked that also, much like Slack Connect, Groups Connect only facilitates “like-to-like federation” between Groups users.

“Those desperate to federate their Microsoft Teams instances with additional team collaboration apps, such as for example Cisco Webex and Slack have got additional options,” he wrote. “They are able to use third-party federation providers, including Sameroom and Mio. Or they are able to consider allowing guest usage of team spaces together with deploying security options from Safeguard Cyber, Theta Lake, or Unify Sq . to reduce guest account risk.”

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