Fast User Switching Coming to Teams Desktop App in December
One of the biggest challenges with Teams today is that if you are part of multiple tenants, switching between them is a logistical nightmare. More than three years after its release, Microsoft is about ready to ship an update that will make this process significantly easier for desktop users (see update at the bottom of this post).
In an update posted to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, spotted by onmsft.com, Microsoft is planning to push out an update in December that will make tenant switching much easier. Feature ID 68845 states “Teams users will be able to add additional accounts, change their profile picture, and switch between accounts and orgs through Settings.”
This will be a huge win for anyone managing multiple tenants and needs to quickly communicate with people across various organizations. Right now, the easiest way to accomplish this is with various browser sessions that are authenticated to each tenant but that should soon be a thing of the past.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
The first request for this feature first showed up in the Microsoft Teams feedback forum in November of 2016. While Microsoft did enable this functionality on its mobile apps, for desktop, those users have been left behind but that should all be changing in the not too distant future.
[Update] Before we get too excited, this may be related to switching to personal accounts and not other tenants based on another item on the roadmap for Microsoft 365.