The new business-friendly integration should be available in March 2021.
Last year, Microsoft improved Outlook integration in Teams for Windows 10. That integration is about to become more comprehensive, according to the company.
The full integration with Outlook will allow users to share an email or a conversation from Outlook to Teams. Users will be able to access the option directly in the Simplified Ribbon menu.
The feature aims to help business users when they want to share an email from Outlook to a colleague or other user in Microsoft Teams.
Streamlining the work for home experience
The new integration step was explained in the Microsoft 365 roadmap:
“Send a copy of email messages or conversations, including attachments, into Teams chats and channels or start a Teams chat related to a specific email message.”
“When sharing to Teams from Outlook on the web, a popup window will appear to confirm to which channel or person you want to share, you can also select whether you want to include attachments or not.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive shift in how companies work, and remote working has skyrocketed. The idea of working from home has been around for a long time, but the pandemic poses a new challenge. Namely, how to allow work groups to collaborate, communicate and be productive in a fractured remote working environment.
This in turn has spurred companies that sell digital collaboration platforms to upgrade and enhance their product offerings as quickly as possible.
Microsoft sees the Outlook email integration as a much needed productivity boost for individuals working with Teams. By further entwining all aspects of their Microsoft 365 Enterprise suite, Microsoft can make it easier to collaborate in a way that competitors in the online meeting space cannot emulate.