Microsoft Teams to get full guest access starting in early March

Finally! Full guest access support will start rolling out to Microsoft Teams users over the next few weeks.

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After a couple of delays, Microsoft is finally introducing full guest access support for its Microsoft Teams group-chat service.

Guest support is the ability to add someone outside one's own organization to a team.

Starting the week of March 5, Microsoft will begin rolling out the ability to add anyone with a business or consumer email address as a guest in Microsoft Teams. (This isn't just Outlook email; it also includes Outlook.com, Gmail.com, and more.)

Microsoft originally planned to add guest access to Teams by June 2017, but it missed its self-imposed goal. The company added partial guest support -- for anyone with an Azure Active Directory account -- in September. By late November, officials acknowledged that full guest support was proving more difficult to implement than expected and said full guest support for Teams was still "months" away.

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Guest access is included with all Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise, and Office 365 Education subscriptions. Guest access is a tenant-level setting in Teams and is turned off by default.

Microsoft officials said full guest access should start showing up in users' Teams clients over the next two weeks.

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