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Microsoft Teams Guest access comes now enabled by default


The reason behind this move, according to Microsoft, is to align all the platform’s control settings, since this one was the only one left unmodified since the beginning.

Starting on February 8th we are turning on Guest access in Microsoft Teams by default for any customers who have not already configured this setting. This will bring the control for Teams Guest capability into alignment with the rest of the suite, where the setting is already on by default.

Not only joining Microsoft teams meeting as a guest is made easier with this move, but also collaborating on shared documents.


Security concerns over privacy

Guest Access microsoft teams

Of course, this move raised concerns among users about the security of shared documents and files within existing teams.

Consequently, Microsoft further explained that by enabling this feature, guests will indeed get access to individual teams and their SharePoint documents.

However, team manages still have to control their access to these documents, depending on their needs.

Furthermore, the change doesn’t affect users that already have the option set to On or Off. It addresses only new users and those who made no changes to the option and saw it as Service default.

If, on the contrary, admins want access disabled for guests, they can revert the change by going to Org-wide settings > Guest Access in the Teams admin center and adjust it accordingly.


How to customize guest access in the Teams admin center?

As mentioned, the recent change will only affect a guest’s general access to a team. Further on, admins will have to also set up what the guests can see or do.



This post was written by Sinziana Mihalache and was first posted to WindowsReport



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