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URLs generated from TEAMS are too long for Outlook 2016

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Ørjan H.H. Vøllestad
New Contributor

When generating an URL within TEAMS to include as a hyperlink in Outlook 2016, the URL generated can be too long. Outlook simply will not accept the URL as a hyperlink.

 

TEAMS gives me two options, copy the TEAMS URL or the SharePoint URL. The SP URL is shorter and works fine, but the TEAMS URL is too long, see example below:

 

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/docx/viewer/teams/https%3A~2F~2Fandoyaspace.sharepoint.com~2Fsites~2F...

 

The TEAMS URL seems to be unnecessary long and can be cut in two like this:

 

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/docx/viewer/teams/https%3A~2F~2Fandoyaspace.sharepoint.com~2Fsites~2F...

 

Which works fine in Outlook. The length of the last one is 359 chars long, whereas the first one is 562 chars long.

 

The long URL works fine in Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus which tells me that there is a limitation in Outlook 2016. I hope this is not a way to force an upgrade, because that can be very expensive for the company.

 

I wish the TEAMS developers can look into this and perhaps generate a shorter URL, perhaps a built-in URL shortener which I have seen other suggestions for.

 

It would also solve lots of issues if TEAMS had a Share to Outlook functionality as that is often the workflow used.

 

Thanks in advance,

Ørjan Vøllestad

NAROM, Andøya Space Center

4 Replies
This feature is already under review in Microsoft Teams. Vote for it in the Microsoft Teams UserVoice.

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/33010897-url-shortener-for-tea...

@NarasimaPerumal Chandramohan This is not entirely the same as I wrote above. An URL-shortener will help, but not solve the issue with too long URLs, which Outlook 2016 cannot handle. TEAMS should not produce URLs too long for a sister product, it breaks the workflow.

Totally agree with this feedback and if the user voice idea does not reflect your scenario, please add a new idea there. Adding @Anne Michels so she can also be aware fo this request

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