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Robert Pfau
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Hi,

we work a lot with huge powerpoint presentations (>100mb) and specialized non-office file formats. Essentially our ecosystem is filebased and stored on a network drive. Having files in Teams, or sharepoint, or whatever is not a realistic option, it's just too slow.

 

So the way we collaborate on files is in native PowerPoint. However, I've noticed that MS Teams doesn't work well with linking in files. i.e. not at all. I do not get a link that opens the file when pasting either a mapped network drive like N:\path\file.pptx or \\network\path\file.pptx

 

This is essentially a show-stopper for using MS Teams for me. In conversations you can add links but only HTTP links.

 

Any recommendations? Fixes?

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Probably not the answer you want to hear but based on your current ecosystem and your needs, it does not seem that Teams are the optimal solution for you. To get the full effect of teams, the files should be stored in office 365.

 

Regards, Magnus

So the solution is not to implement the problem?

Unfortunately I don't have a say in that and as far as I know Skype is being phased out soon and substituted by Teams.

Implementing a file-link must be the easiest and simplest fix in the world.

Please Microsoft, without it you are reducing productivity which is the opposite of Teams goals!

Did you ever get an answer or find a workaround for this ?  Links to UNC paths is a show stopper for us as well.

unfortunately not. Showstopper for us as well.

Tried workarounds like tabing a page with links, onenote/ wiki and refer to that in conversation
Not the optimal solution I know and not tested by me yet!
As said earlier it’s built around having your files in sharepoint or also in additional cloud storage services..
Also go to uservoice and vote for better link support

Adam
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