MS Teams chat groups based on MS Outlook distribution lists - possible or not?

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Hello. I have a question:


Under Skype for Business, one of the users reported that they were able to create group lists for chats based on a Microsoft Outlook distribution list and basically when the distribution list was updated the contacts in the Skype chat groups were also updated. Is this possible under MS Teams? 

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@StefanOz No this is not currently possible in Teams. I would ask what they are trying to achieve with that feature, there are lots of new ways of working in Teams that don't mean we need every feature from SfB.

I would suggest they create a Team for this group, you can add a DL as a one time copy of members, then you can @mention the folks you need, or open the channel info pane and see them all with their status.

@Steven Collier Hi Steven. From what I understand from the user they want this ability to setup large chats with multiple users without having to add the users all the time when starting a new chat. Basically lets say in Outlook that they have a marketlingzlist, supportzlist, and saleszlist. Each of those lists have 20-40 users that can change at any given time (zlists are updated each time a user joins or leaves the team). That user (and others) want to open a chat with every member in the team without having to specify each member. They don't want the to use a list in teams that they create themselves because it would be static (and they would have to add new members themselves and they may not know when someone new is on those teams) and if members leave the team or are added to the team they wouldn't have those changes. Like I said their zlist are updated quite regularly.


Sorry it's a little bit confusing.



That really sounds like a Team, just needs to update their process either

  • Convert the DL to an M365 Group, then it can be used as both a DL (-ish) and a Team
  • Change their process to add new users to both dl and team
  • Write a script that runs every day to copy the members of a DL to a Team.