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Microsoft Is Making It Easier to Transfer Files From Outlook to Teams With Drag and Drop

The feature was first requested on a Microsoft forum in 2016.

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Microsoft Is Making It Easier to Transfer Files From Outlook to Teams With Drag and Drop

The feature had started working in the Web client version of Edge and Chrome in February last year

Highlights
  • Microsoft has added support to transfer files easily between its two apps
  • Users can drag and drop files from Outlook to Teams
  • Microsoft is testing letting free Team users schedule calls with Calendar

Microsoft has added drag and drop support for transferring file attachments from Outlook to Teams. This feature will make it easier to move attachments between the two Microsoft productivity apps. It was first requested on the Microsoft forum back in 2016. The capability to drag and drop between the two apps is now available, allowing users to move files from Outlook to Teams with ease. Microsoft is also working on letting users on the free version of Teams use Calendar to schedule calls.

A Microsoft Teams administrator replied on the 2016 thread, confirming that users can now drag and drop attachments directly from Outlook to Teams. Until now, users had to first drag the files onto a location like the desktop, and drag them from there to the files tab in Teams.

The feature had started working in the Web client version of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome in February last year, when it was also marked as ‘partially done'. By October, the Microsoft Teams administrator had said that the feature was available on Teams Web client and was being tested directly from Outlook to Teams.

The forum post or ‘idea' has received 11,571 up-votes since it was brought up in 2016.

Besides that, the administrator has also shared that the ability for Microsoft Teams users on the free version to use Calendar was being tested internally. This feature would allow users to schedule conference calling using the calendar. This request was brought up in the forum in August 2018.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is increasing the upload file size limit of Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint to 250GB. While support for the same will start rolling out by the end of this month, general availability can be expected by the end of Q1 2021. Users will be able to share large files that may contain 8K or 4K videos, 3D models, large scientific dataset, research projects, and more.


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Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at tanishkas@ndtv.com. More
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