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Allows admins to create shareable Chat lists

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KerryG
Occasional Contributor

We would like Chat admins to have the ability to create a Chat contact list (not in a Team or in a Channel, but in the actual Chat list) and populate the list with a group or groups in Office 365.  The admins could then share the Chat lists they create that contain the populated AD groups with all users of Teams Chat. Practical use case.:

 

We have day and night shifts at some of our offices.  The day shift folks will sometimes work into the evening and the night employees would like to know, for safety reasons, who is still in the building working.  If we could share each office's Chat list with all employees using Chat (that contain AD groups), then the employees working the night shift could see who is still working in the building by their presence indication (and vice versa).

 

To ask each employee to build their own office employee lists in the "Contacts" section of Chat is really asking too much when the app should already allow admins to build common lists and share them with Chat users for purposes like I stated in 1). 

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You can build group chats, and you can look at the presences of all participants by hovering over the chat, and you can name it. This essentially is the same thing.

But unfortunate it's limited currently to 19, it's being expanded in the near future, but don't know to how many.

Your other option is using a Team for this purpose and tying it to Dynamic group membership based on some query to put people into the group automatically: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/dynamic-memberships

Maintaining contacts lists isn't something I would find very productive, hence why you can just create a Team for the purpose and then look at the Team Members list if you need to see all presence.
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