Can external users access my SharePoint 2016 to the same extent as internal users?

Aditya Biswas 45 Reputation points


I am working on a project where I need to give external users access to my SharePoint 2016. My company (A) needs to create two team sites for two other companies (X and Y).

Here are my questions:

  1. Can I share a team site with external users?
  2. If yes, will they have the same access as my organization's users? If not, what are the limitations?
  3. Can I share my team site with users who don't have Microsoft accounts, such as Gmail users?

Any additional resources to help me implement this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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  1. Emily Du-MSFT 41,691 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    SharePoint On-premises doesn’t have feature to share sites with external users by default.

    You need to extend the web application and implement identity providers such as ADFS.


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