Microsoft Teams Introduces Custom Storage App Control

March 20, 2024
2 min read

As a dedicated user of Microsoft Teams within our organization, I'm always excited to hear about new features and updates that enhance our collaborative experience. Recently, I saw some news that piqued my interest – Microsoft is introducing a new admin control that allows us to set a default storage app for file uploads within Teams. I couldn't wait to dive into the details and see how this could streamline our workflow even further.

Here's the scoop: soon, Teams admins will have the power to switch the default storage app for file uploads from Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online to a third-party provider of our choice. This means that when we upload local files using drag-and-drop in Teams chat and channel conversations, they'll automatically land in our preferred storage solution. Talk about customization!

Of course, like with any update, there are a few things to note. This feature won't apply to Teams mobile or specific actions on Teams Desktop, such as pasting images or using the default attach file icon. However, for those moments when we're dragging and dropping files into our conversations, having control over where they're stored is a game-changer.

If you're wondering when this magic is happening, fear not – the rollout is scheduled for early April 2024. And if you're not currently utilizing a third-party storage provider in Teams, this update might not be on your radar just yet. But for those of us who do rely on external storage solutions, it's time to get excited.

One thing to keep in mind is that third-party developers will need to update their apps to support these new admin settings. So, while we eagerly await the arrival of this feature, it's worth reaching out to our storage providers to ensure they're on board.

As for implementation, no admin action is required on our end – the rollout will happen automatically by the specified date. However, it's always a good idea to stay informed and update any relevant documentation as needed.

Overall, I'm thrilled to see Microsoft Teams evolving to meet the diverse needs of its users. This new admin control not only offers greater flexibility but also reinforces Teams' commitment to seamless collaboration. Here's to smoother file management and more productive teamwork ahead!

Rene Vlieger

Rene Vlieger

As a Microsoft 365 consultant, Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), I spend my days immersed in the world of cloud technology, assisting organizations on their transformative journey. My passion lies in enhancing productivity, fortifying governance, ensuring compliance, bolstering security measures, and fostering seamless adoption of new technologies.

In my role, I strive to be more than just a consultant; I aim to be a catalyst for organizational growth and evolution. By guiding businesses through logical steps, I help them ascend the maturity ladder, ensuring that every technological advancement is not just implemented but embraced wholeheartedly. But my commitment doesn't end there. I believe in the power of sharing knowledge, which is why I invest heavily in training sessions, workshops, and yes, even penning (or typing!) joint blogs. 

My Microsoft 365 knowledge includes Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Loop, Viva, Purview, Defender, Entra, Outlook, Whiteboard, Copilot, and Forms.