Microsoft has created a convenient and fast way for its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 users, reducing the number of steps required to move attachments between the Outlook email client and the Teams collaboration app.
Prior to this update, some Outlook and Teams users complained that they had to drag and drop attachments in PDF, Word, and Excel formats from the email window to the desktop and then drag them. from there to the Files tab in Teams.
A probable oversight on the part of Microsoft
It looks like the lack of this feature in Teams originally is an oversight by Microsoft, Outlook, and Teams from the same stable publisher productivity software channel. Still, the feature is now available, according to a post by a Microsoft Teams engineer on the collaboration software user forum.
“I am happy to inform you that support for dragging and dropping attachments directly from Outlook to Teams is now available,” wrote the Microsoft Teams engineer.
The idea was first suggested on this same forum in 2016. It can also be noted that 61,000 other ideas have been submitted … the engineers still have work to do.
Other news to come
Microsoft is also working on the possibility of allowing users of the free version of Teams to use the calendar to schedule meetings.
“It’s currently being tested internally. We will let you know as soon as we have anything new on this subject, ”said a Microsoft employee.
Microsoft initially didn’t offer a free version of Teams chat, but Slack’s free tier did require it to offer one. Then, during the first wave of lockdowns due to the pandemic in 2020, Zoom pushed Microsoft to strengthen the functionality of free video calls, such as live captioning. Previously, this feature was only available to Office 365 customers. Microsoft also allowed free Teams users to create video meetings.