Teams quick tip: start a chat as a guest

Recently in conversation with fellow MVP Steven Collier, we had differing views on how chats can be initiated by guests based on our experiences. As it wasn’t clearly documented I sought clarification from the Teams team.

When a guest joins a team, they become a member of the Azure Active Directory and gain visibility of the directory to a certain extent.

How this plays out is that a guest can initiate a chat with any another person in the tenant, in a couple of different scenarios:

Name-based discovery only works for people who exist in the same teams as you

What this means is that if I am in a team with John Doe, I can start a chat with John simply by typing his name.

Similarly if another guest called Jane Smith (Guest) is in the team with me, I can also initiate a chat with Jane by typing her name.

However, if Damien Margaritis is not in a team with me – I cannot initiate a chat with him by typing his name:

Which leads us to….

Chatting with people outside of your teams

Similar to how federation works in Skype for Business; you can initiate a chat with someone in the tenant if you know their email address.

So in the previous example where I was not able to find Damien Margaritis by name, I can however find him by his email address of damien@morsmutual.com.

And now you know!

Ignite Live Blog: Get an overview of Microsoft Teams architecture

I wrote a live blog on behalf of the Microsoft Tech Community on the Microsoft Teams session at Ignite: “Get an overview of Microsoft Teams architecture”.

This session gave a great amount of insight into what it takes to make Teams work, what it’s built on and how it integrates into other Office 365 services.

Have a read here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Ignite-Blog/Ignite-Live-Blog-Get-an-overview-of-Microsoft-Teams-architecture/ba-p/110626