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December 29, 2020

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Introducing Approvals in Microsoft Teams

From Microsoft Corporation

MC231205 · Published Dec 22, 2020

ACTION REQUIRED by Jan 12, 2021!

Message Summary

Approvals in Microsoft Teams is a way to streamline requests and processes with a team or partners. Users will be able to create new approvals, view pending approvals, and see previous ones in one place.

Users with an F3 license or above are able to take advantage of the Approvals app within Teams (license list below). If you do not have users that meet that requirement, you may safely ignore this message.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68724
  • Timing: mid-January 2021
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Control type: user control and admin control
  • Action: review and assess by January 12, 2021

How this will affect your organization

Approvals is a native Teams application that lets users easily create, manage, and share approvals from a hub for teamwork. These approvals are triggered directly with the Power Automate infrastructure and do not require a flow with an approvals action.

Users see all of their approvals in the hub, including the approvals that have been completed. Approvals show up across all of of a user’s systems, including Power Automate, SharePoint, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Approvals hub


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What you need to do to prepare

The Approvals app is on by default if your tenant has enabled Power Automate.

Teams admin

Manage the Approvals app in the Teams Admin Center within the app page, including customizing which users are able to access the app via permission policies. Currently, all the approvals are created in your organization’s default environment.

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Users with these licenses are able to take advantage of the Approvals App within Teams:

  • Microsoft 365 A1, Office 365 A1
  • Microsoft 365 A3, Office 365 A3
  • Microsoft 365 A5, Office 365 A5
  • Microsoft 365 E3, Office 365 E3
  • Microsoft 365 E5, Office 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 F3, Office 365 F3
  • Office 365 E1
  • Office 365 E2
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Learn more

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