Office ProPlus: Access to Group Files

This is something that we’ve been waiting to see since April 2017, but I’m so happy to see it’s actually there now!

I looked around and couldn’t find this change listed on the Office 365 Roadmap, or even on the Office Insider sites – kudos to Michiel van den Broek on the Microsoft Tech Community for calling it out.

Dude, where’s my files?

Ever since Teams was announced, I’ve been hoping for better integration between Office and Teams – especially around opening and saving your documents within your Team Sites. The navigation was always clunky, and looked pretty much like this:

Prior to this change, trying to navigate your Teams document repositories that weren’t either pinned or part of your recent documents meant that you’d have to try and navigate through the SharePoint sites, like this:

Needless to say, the only way that made sense was navigating to the files in Teams, and then opening them in Word, or Excel, or maybe doing the same thing through SharePoint. The reverse of that would be to save a new file somewhere local, and then copy it over/upload it to your Team.

New and Shiny!

After installing the latest Office Insiders build (Version 1712 – Build 8827.2131 Click to Run), I was greeted by the following:

TADA!! I can easily navigate all my Groups and Teams from within Office Applications!

Clicking on Open when Recent is selected still looks the same:

But if you click on Sites again, you can navigate your Teams sites with ease!

I know it’ll take a while before these changes get out of the Insiders Track and into general availability, but if you want to get early access to these and whatever other cool features are coming down the line, you can sign up to be an Office Insider here.

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