Microsoft Teams Adds Guest Access for Office 365 Commercial & Education

Microsoft Teams users those on both Office 365 Commercial and Education accounts now gets Guest Access support.

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Customers both those with Office 365 Commercial and Eduction can start expand their collaboration with guest access now available in Microsoft Teams, it was announced Monday.

This launch enable users to now add people from outside their company to a team, so guests can participate in chats, join meetings, collaborate on documents and more.

"Beginning today, anyone with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account can be added as a guest in Teams," writes Lori Wright. Later, the company said, it'll provide the ability, so anyone with a Microsoft Account (MSA) can be added as a guest in Teams, too. Guest will be directed to create a free account either using their current corporate or consumer email address, such as Outlook.com or Gmail.com — it they don't have an MSA.

Additionally, Wright also reveald that they now have "more than 870 million user accounts —across Microsoft commercial cloud services and third-party Azure AD integrated apps."

Animated GIF, shows guest access in Microsoft Teams interface:

Guest acess in Microsoft Teams

Guest access in Teams provide enterprise-grade security and compliance assurances, like conditional access policies for guest user access.

  • In Teams, guest accounts are added and securely managed within Azure AD through Azure AD B2B Collaboration.
  • 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.
  • In addition, with Azure AD, IT departments have unparalleled insight into the activities of external users in their organization through detailed sign-in and access reports.
  • Guest user content and activities are under the same compliance and auditing protection as the rest of Office 365.

Guest access in Teams, also provide IT team an ability to centrally manage participating guests. Admins can quickly and easily view, add, or revoke a guest's access to host tenant.

In addition, new developer tools for Teams announced on Monday, included, "Botkit," a most widely adopted bot-making toolkits, that provides a comprehensive suite of tools for bot development.

With Botkit now supports Microsoft Teams, it provides, including:

  • Teams compatibility in the core Botkit open source library
  • A Teams starter kit that includes a sample application with examples of unique Teams capabilities like compose extensions and tabs as well as bots
  • Full support for Teams features in Botkit Studio as well as Teams-specific authoring tools including a manifest generator and card previewer
  • Conversational analytics tools to provide stats for your bot <coming soon>
Botkit now supports Microsoft Teams
Botkit now supports Microsoft Teams

Microsoft also notes, that soon third-party apps like Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud, will be available as new integrations in Teams.

And, also that starting with an Office 365 Connector, "ServiceNow will deliver integrations with Microsoft Teams — so, events occurring in ServiceNow will trigger user notifications in Teams."

Further integrations with Atlassian and GitHub are coming soon as well to Teams "so you can bring all of your tools into a single hub to foster better collaboration on new feature development, communication on bugs and documenting issues."

  • Add a JIRA Cloud tab to your channel to display issues from any project in JIRA ServiceDesk, JIRA Core or JIRA Software.
  • Add a Bitbucket Cloud tab showing pull requests for any repository you work with.
  • Add a GitHub tab to your channel showing issues and pull requests for any repository you work with. You also have the ability now to add a personal tab giving you an individualized view of issues and pull requests across all your repositories, writes dev team.

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