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Notifications for all messages in a channel

There is no clear way how to enable all notifications in channels. I have channel where I am interested in all messages.

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Angela Sze shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
completed  ·  Suphatra responded  · 

I hope this brightens your Friday — your feature request is here! Our hardworking engineers have been working on this for weeks and we’re happy to report it released yesterday.

To set notifications for all messages in a channel, just click the little ellipses next to the channel name and choose “Follow this channel.”

If this made your Friday, please tweet to us! You can send the tweet to me (@skprufo) or just include the #MicrosoftTeams hashtag, and I’ll make sure it gets to our dev team.

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  • Ben commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are currently looking to move from slack to Teams, but the "follow channel" feature doesn't fill the gap of notifications issues

    We need more visible popups and integration with mac/windows native notification features to be able to take the full potential of teams !

  • Adam Morrison commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please enable notification by default for all channels. Also please add the option to follow a channel from the mobile app. Right now we can only do it thru the web version or desktop app. Best option for my team would be to have all notifications on by default. Like Slack.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be very nice if there was a (f) or some symbol next to the channel name to easily see which channels are being followed (without having to right click the channel to see)

  • Cody D commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Skype's notification forcing the toolbar open was perfect. That should be default and THEN you should allow for modifications of what you may not be interested in. Everyone around here gets so excited by Teams' capabilities and then everyone's face DROPS when someone brings up the notifications limitations. They go right back to Skype.

    Messenger App 101 - The message and knowing that you have the message, is the number 1 concern of the user.

  • Kevin Oechsle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to see this enabled by default for all teams that I'm a member of. Our company uses Skype and its enabled by default that any groups we create people will get notifications from. User's aren't going to want to go into each group that they are in and click the triangle, go to general and then follow the channel, they won't even want to bother with it, then complain later when they don't get notified of a sales lead that came in that they didn't get.

  • Tom Eavenson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While we're seeing notifications for Chats, we're NOT seeing any notifications for Channel activity. Whatever was done doesn't appear to be working.

  • Jill Finn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Follow Channel is not working for us...still only pushes banner/app notifications if a particular user or channel is @ mentioned. We were hoping to get around this by @ mentioning the channel, but it doesn't push email notifications...we need this for high priority customer issues!

  • Omar Armas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just did it for all my Teams. Really, is so confusing, There are three "little ellipses" for each team, every one with different options. That for the end user is hard to identify and understand.
    There should be a better way to do it.

  • Omar Armas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, you can do it better. It should be enabled by default, that's what people expect, it happens in Slack, in Facebook, in every social app.

    I will notify people to use enable it via Slack...
    Hope it works.

  • vincent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i don't know what is notification for you but in web version there is no web notifications (ie browser notification). only notifications inside the team webpage which is not very interesting.

  • Raju Zagade commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @suphatra : Thanks for getting this added.. really helpful feature.. however it will be nice once we click on the notification that it takes you to relevant channel instead of the last one used !!
    also it will show small window popup for new message would be great

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    HI, This is well demanded feature, however it looks like buged - We are testing this with 3 persons, and when we have only one conversation, no badge is showed, when second person writes to me, i can see number one on a red badge, when third person writes, i can see number 2 on a badge. so it looks like it counts number of active users writting to me now -1 , rather then number of messages (which would be a demanded behaviours ). Can you take a look into this?

  • Aleksandar P. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So when I`m in Chat, click Close (its closed and its in tray)... I dont get notifications + dont have option to enable.. as chat isnt Opened...
    I get it that I am in that room but im chat (application) is closed why wouldnt there be notification (ballon, chat message... notification of some kind)...

    Im quite disappointed its like Team thats creating chat app = doesnt use that chat app at all.

    Is there any way that someone could look (record/watch/study) how Skype is working (as Skype will glow, sound noise even if you are inside chat but chat app is closed (app is closed to taskbar, tray..) ...

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