It’s too good to be true. Microsoft won’t add support for multi-user sign-in to Teams by December 2020 ̵1; at least not in the way most of us would have hoped for. Instead, logging in to multiple real work accounts to Teams seems like a year 2021.
Earlier this week, a new Microsoft 365 roadmap entry was added that made it seem as if Microsoft was finally offering a long-requested Team feature: The ability to switch between different work accounts in one Group client (without having to use a variety of workarounds). Like some other Microsoft followers, I wrote about this plan and over 700 people liked my Tweet about it. That is definitely a pain point for many.
But as this week passed, Microsoft quietly added an advance notice to that roadmap:
“We’re adding Teams desktop support so we can add a personal account, along with a work / school account, change their profile picture and switch between accounts and organized through Settings. ”
Note: This term is not included in the original Group route item. Thanks to Michel de Rooij and several others on Twitter for pointing out this change to me.
So while it is true that you will be able to switch from work / school accounts to Teams desktop personal accounts in December 2020, you won’t be able to switch between multiple public accounts. work this year. My contacts say it’s the 2021 thing. (I don’t know if it’s H1 or H2.)
I asked Microsoft for comment on the roadmap change and multi-user work account transition date and received no response.
Update (November 5): In response to one of several threads that required the ability to sign in to multiple work accounts in Teams – which has close to 29,000 support – Microsoft Teams Tech added this update:
“The engineering team is continuing to work to add support for multiple accounts on the desktop client. First, we will launch support for 1 work / school account and 1 account. personal so users can enjoy Teams for work and personal use alongside Windows and MacOS. Support for multiple work accounts is still underway and will be available at a later date. ” (Thanks to Mark Allan for the concern.)
Microsoft is encouraging people to try using Teams not only for work but also for home / home projects. Microsoft began adding consumer Teams functionality to the Teams client apps for iOS and Android earlier this year. According to Vice President Jeff Teper, Microsoft Group Vice President Jeff Teper, Consumer Group features will also be previewed on Teams desktops in the near future. I think the switch between a work account feature and a family account that will take place in December is part of that plan.
Switching between work accounts in Groups has been a top requirement for UserVoice for many years. I’d love to know why it’s still not available in Teams, despite being available in Slack, as some people on Twitter have stressed.
While we continue to wait, the Microsoft MVP Vesa Nopanen has some tips to deal with for those who are having trouble with the need to log into the Team with multiple identities / accounts.