After a three month delay, Microsoft has delivered on its promise to enable guest access in Microsoft Teams. Although Teams was released earlier this year, it boasts over 125,000 users across 181 countries. Now, anyone with an Active Directory account across Microsoft commercial cloud services and third-party Azure AD integrated apps can be added as a guest in Teams.
Collaboration is the next major battleground in the enterprise software business. We've seen Slack add new features and Atlassian launch Stride in recent times. And just last week, Microsoft integrated Skype into Teams.
It seems we are reaching a "perfect storm" moment as our access to data, ubiquitous connectivity and the ability to work on a variety of different devices come together. The building blocks needed for a collaboration solution are now available.
If you're using Teams and want to enable Guest Access, Microsoft has provided a support article to help you on your way.
What I find interesting is that when collaboration software first came to the fore in the 90s and 00s, the focus was mainly on productivity apps and centralised storage. Today's solutions seem to have their foundations in chat applications with the productivity applications integrated in rather than the other way around.
What's your business using for collaboration? Does it really work or is it still all too hard?