Table of Contents
- How to add Microsoft Teams to Outlook
- Enable Microsoft Teams Add-in for Outlook
- Still cannot get Teams to appear? Here is what to do according to Microsoft
- Restart Teams: Open Microsoft Teams and sign in with your Microsoft account.
- Functions provided by the Teams add-in
- Is Microsoft Teams better than Zoom?
- Is desktop Outlook free?
How to add Microsoft Teams to Outlook on Windows 11/10, don’t worry—it’s probably just because you don’t have the latest version of Outlook installed. To get the latest version of Outlook, simply head to the Microsoft Store and update your copy of Outlook. Once you’ve done that, you should see Microsoft Teams appear in Outlook as an add-in.
If you’re using Windows 10, you’ll need to visit the official Teams website to get the app. However, if your computer is running Windows 11, the app should be installed by default.
How to add Microsoft Teams to Outlook
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As previously stated, if all the required parameters are met, the Teams add-in should now be visible in Outlook. However, if it is not, we strongly believe that the add-in has been disabled and will need to be enabled. To do this:
- Open Outlook
- Navigate to File > Options
- Select Add-ins from the menu
- Locate Manage at the bottom and change it from COM Add-ins to Disabled Items
- Enable Microsoft Teams Meeting Add-in for Microsoft Office.
- Restart Outlook.
Enable Microsoft Teams Add-in for Outlook
We want to check if the Teams add-in is enabled in Outlook because this is usually the main reason why it fails to show.
Open Outlook: Open the Outlook app to get started. The app can be found on your Desktop, Taskbar, or in the apps section of the Start Menu.
Navigate to Options: After starting Outlook, click File > Options. This will reveal the Outlook Options window with several features. However, we are only here for one thing.
Click on Disabled Items: The next step is to select Add-ins from the menu and then look for Manage at the bottom and change it to Disabled Items. Finally, hit the OK button.
Enable Microsoft Teams Add-in: If you see “Microsoft Teams Meeting Add-in for Microsoft Office” in the list of disabled add-ins, please select it, then click Enable to turn it on. Close all secondary windows, restart Outlook, then check to see if Teams is finally running.
Still cannot get Teams to appear? Here is what to do according to Microsoft
According to Microsoft, there is another way to get Teams up and running in Outlook. So let’s take a look at that.
Sign out and close the Teams app: Sign out of the Teams app by selecting the profile icon and clicking on Sign Out. Finally, hit the close button to shut it down.
Restart Teams: Open Microsoft Teams and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Open Microsoft Outlook: Finally, launch the Outlook 365 app and you should now see the Teams icon from the Ribbons section.
Functions provided by the Teams add-in
With the Teams add-in for Microsoft Outlook, you can do several things, but don’t expect to use it as the full version of Teams.
Create meetings: Open the Assignment section in Microsoft Outlook. Select the Teams Meeting button at the top to create a new Meeting in Teams.
Open chats and audio calls: If you hover over a contact’s picture in the Outlook app that has Teams installed, you can initiate a voice call or chat right away. This is a useful feature as more people abandon Skype for Teams.
View status of contacts: If you have the Teams app installed on your contacts’ devices, you can view their current status directly from within Outlook. For example, if you see a red badge next to the contact’s photo, that means they’re busy or in a meeting. But if you see a green badge, that means they’re available for a chat.
Is Microsoft Teams better than Zoom?
Microsoft Teams offers longer group meetings on the free plan than Zoom does. Meeting length on Microsoft Teams tops out at 60 minutes, while Zoom will end a meeting at the 40 minutes mark. However, if you decide to pay for a subscription, Teams will only deliver 24 hours of meeting time, while Zoom offers 30 hours at every pricing tier.
Is desktop Outlook free?
The Mail App is free, but you’ll be asked to pay for Microsoft Office 365 if you want to use Outlook. The Outlook app on the web has limited features.