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It’s seamless to collaborate with people outside of your org. In Teams, you can accept or block anyone outside of your org who uses Teams, Teams for personal use, Skype (for consumers), or Skype for Business.  

  • When you accept, they’ll be able to send you messages in Teams and Skype. They’ll also be able to view your status.

  • When you block a person, they won’t be able to send you messages in Teams or Skype. They also won’t be able to view your status.

Note: It’s easy to unblock people outside your org

Accept or block a person in chat 

  1. Select Chat Blue chat icon to open the chat list.

  2. Select the chat with the person, and then select Accept or Block.

The accept and block buttons for an incoming chat marked as 'outside your organization' and with a big yellow exclamation point.

Preview a message before you accept  

To avoid spam or phishing attempts, preview the person’s message before you accept.

  1. Select Chat Blue chat icon to open the chat list. 

  2. Select the chat with the person, and then select Preview messages.

  3. Choose Accept or Block.

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