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Frequent Contributor

Now that Teams is GA, I'm trying to find the Public Teams on the Add Team window, but there are none there, only lets me create my own teams.

 

Should this be available now?

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I have just verified that I can create Teams using existing public groups...just remember you need to be owner of those Groups to be able to create the Team
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Yep, I'm the owner of all the Groups in my tenant... and I've been using Teams since November, so curious to know why I can't add the Public Groups?

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You should be able to do it...Teams is GA for everyone so I don't expect our tenants should differ in regards of Teams feature. Just open a service request to see what's happening in your case
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I had the same issue while demoing it. The public team would only show if I searched for it first.

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Solution

Currently, the list of public teams is based on suggestions from Microsoft Graph - based on what teams your "closest people" are on. That in turn is informed by signals like people you share documents to, people you meet with, people you send email to, and people who are near you in the org chat.

 

I have done a lot of demos the last few weeks and had to pre-seed the graph to generate suggested teams, and I know that all of the above signals are important.

 

If you are in a tenant (or user) with a sparsely populated graph, then you won't see suggested teams.

 

We're looking to expand that view to always show some teams, regardless of suggestions, and to also provide a way to see _all_ public teams in the tenant, period.

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Dan,

 

Thanks so much for your great response. I'm honored that you took the time to reply to my post, all the way here in Australia.

 

Afer watching your GA release video, you made it look easy, so I was trying to replicate that, but I can't even search for them.

 

One of the ones in your demo was the Microsoft Mechanics one, which was of interest to me as I digest a lot of their content.

 

Will await further updates and keep up the great work and all your videos!

 

Jason.

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Any update on when it’s possible to see a list of public teams? Right now it’s a deal breaker for us to consider a switch from Slack.

We often use Slack across departments to allow staff to opt into channels and join different working groups and collaborate. Not having this easily discoverable causes huge barriers.

The usability needs to be better I’m afraid.
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We also just get a blank screen when we click Add Teams and expect to see all the public teams.  I'm on the phone with Microsoft right now but the person isn't very helpful.

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Same issue in our company - we'd like to get an overview of all available Teams without needing to know in advance, what is available and how it is named. Doe's this make sens?!
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The official answer I got from Microsoft Support is that this feature does not exist but rather is something being worked on.  The only way to join a team is to either a) Be invited by someone, or b) To search for it using the exact name since you can't search for a partial name.

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OK i actually found a way to "browse" all Teams in a tenant.

 

I was poking around the People app and discovered this:

 

  1. Login to office.com
  2. In the application launcher (upper left corner) launch People 
  3. In far left menus, goto Groups section, the click -> Discover.
  4. This launches a suggested groups and full Groups/Teams browser on the right hand side of screen. From here you can figure out the rest.
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It's now 9 months later and this hasn't changed. How did someone in charge not look at this implementation and say, "No, that doesn't make sense. How are people supposed to find teams?"
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It's things like this that make it clear this product is still in beta.
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Oh, excellent! Been googling like a maniac for this. Works like a charm, thank you!

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@Dan Stevenson  Has there been any change on this? I am still not seeing public groups on the desktop app. It works on Android and iOS versions of teams.

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That's kind of outrageous to use a workaround so you can display a feature that will only work in that one instance.

@Dan Stevenson