Microsoft is finally working on a new feature that will allow users to switch between multiple accounts when using the desktop client of Microsoft Teams. The new capability is projected to make its debut on the desktop in December, according to an update to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap.
Currently, the desktop version of Teams does not support multi-account sign in, and users don’t have an option to add two different accounts simultaneously. If Teams users want to move from one team to another on their PCs, they have to sign out of one account and sign back in. There are also some workarounds to run multiple instances of Microsoft Teams.
As it turns out, the company is now actively working to bring multi-account support in Microsoft Teams. Once the update is available, users will get the ability to add additional accounts, change their profile pictures, and conveniently switch between different accounts and organizations via Settings. It should work similarly to other platforms, such as Slack, making it easier for users to handle all Teams accounts.
If the mobile versions of the app already sport this feature, it’s one of the top requests from desktop users. Just last six months, hundreds of people commented on Microsoft’s UserVoice forum. Indeed, more than 28,000 Teams users have already endorsed the idea since the first request in 2017, so it’s good to see that the functionality is really on its way.
Update: Microsoft’s Rish Tandon has taken to Twitter to clarify that to start, users will only be able to switch between one work and one personal account:
We are starting with one work and one personal account but will be building on this foundation for multiple work accounts
Microsoft has also updated its Roadmap entry, to corroborate what Tandon tweeted (via Mary Jo Foley):
We’re adding support within Teams desktop to be able to add one personal account, along with one work/school account, change their profile picture, and switch between accounts and orgs through Settings.