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I like to create contact groups in any tool we are using for messaging in this case Microsoft Teams. As far as I have been able to find you can only add people to favorites. Does any know if we are able to create contact lists in Teams and if not if it will be added later? An example would be Remote Site Support Techs. 

 

I have made a lot of people a favorite but it would be nice to be able to organize them a little better. 

 

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You could create this Contacts List in the Teams site as a Contacts List and add a Tab to your Team
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Thank you for the tip! It seems to be working. 

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My pleasure :)
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How would I go about creating a contact list that can be shared with my Team within Microsoft Teams?

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I'm looking for this info as well.

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Could you expand upon this a bit as far as what you mean by creating the contact list in the Teams site? I was looking for it in teams.microsoft.com but couldn't find it.

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@Ryanne Smith I believe he was talking about creating a list in the team site associated with the team, the one you see when you choose Open in Sharepoint from the ... after the Teams name in the right hand pane.

 

I'm not really clear what everyone is looking to achieve from these 'contact lists'. There's a feature coming called Contact Groups which is a way to group together people you chat with, like Skype allows today, but it's a personal not shared capability. 

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@Steven Collier, do you know when the Contact Groups feature planned to be released or can you send me a pointer to where I can track this myself and get more info?

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@Steven Collier - Never mind, I found this roadmap suggesting it should be available now - end of 1Q CY2018. I'd still be interested though if you had any additional details beyond what's listed here.

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Sorry, only Microsoft would share the specific plans for when it becomes generally available. I would say 'soon'.

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This is from the /help function in Teams, search topic contacts

 

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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. This would be a practical use case for two reasons:

 

1) 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).

 

2) 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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@KerryG This would be very helpful. Any news on this request? 

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There is currently a uservoice open for it here

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36538117-admin-controlled-cont...

Not many votes for it so far, so will likely need many more before it comes to Microsoft's attention. But would also advise raising at a Teams AMA in the future where the community can feed back to the product and engineering teams. They are usually in the AMA space of this site.

Hope that helps

Best, Chris
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@Duane Kaeb No.  I'm not a Microsoft employee, so I also have to watch the post here for updates and  the Teams roadmap site:


https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams

 

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@Christopher Hoard  Thanks.  I just voted in the link.  Also shared with those internally that have asked for the feature so they can vote as well.

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I have more than 100 contacts setup in Teams in 10 separate groups. When I start Teams the default display seems to automatically expand all my groups. Is there any way to change this so only one or two groups are expanded (for example) and the others can just be expanded when I need them?

 

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AFAIK there’s no options to set this!