Azure AD cross-tenant access settings or policies define how your tenant collaborates with other Microsoft 365 tenants. By default, collaboration using Azure B2B Direct Connect is disabled, so some work is needed to prepare for Teams shared channels. In this article, we look at how to set up cross-tenant policies to enable collaboration to begin using Teams shared channels.
A year after announcing Teams shared channels, Microsoft is preparing to release the code into public preview in March 2022. The new collaboration mechanism uses Azure AD B2B Direct Connect instead of guest accounts, meaning that external members of shared channels use credentials issued by their home tenant to gain access. You'll need to configure a cross-tenant access policy to allow shared channels to work externally. Once that's done, the collaboration floodgates open.
The Office news at Microsoft's Fall Ignite event was dominated by Teams and technology associated with Teams. A new Microsoft 365 app called Loop will be available in 2022 and we'll have the chance to use Connect IQ to make our messages even more intelligent than they are now. And if you really get funky, you can join a Teams mesh meetings in a virtual environment. But the bad news is that Teams Shared Channels are delayed until preview in early 2022.
There's no definitive 'right' or 'wrong' way to structure Teams and channels, however there are some limits and best practices that can be followed to ensure the structures created are easy to use and navigate. This article explores the decision process Team owners can use to assess if a new channel is needed, what type should be used and how to manage large numbers of channels in a team.
When Microsoft delivers shared channels later in 2021, Teams users will have three types of channels to choose from. In this article, we discuss the differences between regular, private, and shared channels and how they are used.
Microsoft Teams Connect, a new way of collaboration based on federated shared channels, is now in private preview and should be available later in 2021. The best thing about shared channels is that you don't need to switch tenants to access a channel in another tenant. Azure B2B collaboration (guest accounts) is still important, but this is a brand new way of working that should be very popular.