Microsoft again delays release of Guest Access for Teams

Microsoft has been touting a functionality for Microsoft Teams since June that would allow users outside your company to collaborate internally with your group. Unfortunately, that Guest Access ability has faced a rough road, again being delayed until sometime next year.

Guest Access was supposed to roll out at the end of June, but Microsoft officials backed off on that date, pushing it back to September. The company did start rolling out a version of Guest Access then, but it was only for people with an Azure Active Directory account. Company officials said that allowing access to anyone with a Microsoft account (MSA) was still a few weeks away.

With November coming to a close, there is still no sign of the functionality. Program Manager Suphatra Rufo finally tweeted that the new release date should be in a few months. ZDNet asked Microsoft for a confirmation of the 2018 timeframe, but a spokesperson only said that "Microsoft is working on guest access for MSA, but doesn't have details to share on timing."

Needless to say, the response did not go over well, with one user complaining about the constant delays, and practically begging for a set date that the company would stick to. Rufo responded:

"Trust me, this is our top priority! It is just a very difficult feature for us to implement as it requires work from multiple engineering groups across the company. We are working hard at it and really appreciate your patience!"

In September, Microsoft rebranded Skype for Business to Teams, and the transition has been progressing, with a conclusion to the migration expected sometime in Q2 next year.

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