Microsoft won't be adding Guest Access to Microsoft Teams before the end of June, as originally planned.
Officials acknowledged last week that providing that much-desired capability is taking longer than anticipated. They declined to say exactly how much longer. (My pure guess: Maybe Guest Access for Teams will be an announcement at Microsoft's worldwide partner show, Inspire, in mid-July.)
Microsoft Teams is Redmond's competitor to the Slack team-collaboration product. Microsoft began rolling out Teams to Office 365 business users in March. (There is no standalone version of Microsoft Teams.) In March, company officials said to expect Guest Access to be added to Teams before the end of June 2017.
An official company spokesperson confirmed the delay with the following statement:
"When we announced general availability of Teams, we said we were targeting to deliver Guest Access in June, but it's going to take a bit longer as we ensure a secure and seamless experience for customers."
The Guest Access feature requires an easier and more foolproof way to provide secure external access and federation. Microsoft plans to provide the ability for external parties to access Teams not only permanently, but also just for the length of a project or engagement.
Microsoft also added more new features to its version of Teams for its Office 365 Education users.