allow any emoji as a reaction, not just thumbs up
Slack has this: get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/206870317-..
Adding any emoji as a reaction remains under review.
I am marking this as partially done to let you know a new reactions bar with Like, Heart, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Angry has begun rolling out to all users.
Tim Jahr commented
As with all things Teams, it's an improvement, but still not what Slack already has. Here's hoping that "Partially done" means that our actual request is still a possibility!
I would agree with most of the sentiments here, glad to add the additional reactions, but the implementation is less than ideal.
Thumbs up = most used and now farthest from the ideal location.
The other reactions while useful don't cover the full business case uses of the emojis like many other posters have mentioned, these are to socially focused.
The auto-popup of them when hovering over the messages is very distracting
The ellipsis for the additional actions should still be visible on the message without having to hover.
Step in the right direction, but overall there is some serious room for improvement.
Noticed the change and LOVE it. More, more, more please!
Chase Florell commented
Just received the partial update, I love it for two reasons
1) moar emojis
2) the context button no longer covers the last bit of text when hovering, meaning we can now copy/paste short strings (which we couldn't before)
Great work Team! #punintended
Labeling this partially done seems a misnomer to me. Five specific, pre-chosen emoji options are no better for my needs than one specific, pre-chosen emoji option, and neither of those is at all what I was hoping to see when I voted for this.
Ed Hansberry commented
Awesome, but please fix the SAVED icon. You can save comments for later, but now the saved icon no longer shows up in the conversation/chat thread.
Russell Smith commented
Completely agree with the other commenters. The "popping" of reactions automatically when hovering over a message is incredibly distracting. We also need thumbsup to be the easiest reaction to click.
Tim K commented
I like the most recent changes EXCEPT I want the ellipsis back. Think about people who don't use Teams regularly or are using Teams for the first time - how are they supposed to know they can hover over a message to pick a reaction or click the ellipsis that appears only after hovering to edit their message.
I see these! I like them they are a nice improvement and I will use them. I do agree with some of the comments below. For round two, I also agree a few business oriented ones might be good. We also tend to use 'like' more as an 'acknowledged' or 'gotcha' in that we've read that item.
Lee Gaupp commented
agree with EileenT below - business related with emoticon meaning for the things she mentions would be excellent.
Eileen T commented
it would be nice if these were business related - I've seen this, need more info, let's meet, etc. Currently our team uses the "like" button to indicate they've read a post.
I also feel that it's distracting for all the emojis to present themselves when hovering over a message. Also, I dislike that color was added to the emojis--I much preferred the white "thumbs up" for its subtlety and nonobtrusiveness.
Thank you for at least not animating them once they're added.
Benjamin Kamm commented
+1 to other comments. In Slack, we're primarily not using emoji for sentiments like happy, frustrated, but to support team workflow like "eyes" to mean "I've seen this" or "bold check" to mean "this issue is resolved". The current facebook-like implementation may support social media type conversations, but doesn't support our use cases.
Thanks! This is a step in the right direction. Improvements come with effort and even small successes are non-the-less successes. Keep it up.
I would echo some of the sentiments expressed in other comments.
1. Allowing any Team-supported emoji would be helpful. A selection of preset emojis can be useful but organizations use different approaches to responding to messages and so being able to customize is essential. Even if only an admin could adjust presets for a given team it would be helpful.
2. Allow a user to do multiple reactions (like heart and thumbsup)
3. Keyboard shortcut to add reactions. (+:emoji_name) is the what Slack used and that works very well.
As mentioned, I am glad to see that progress is being made and I look forward to seeing additional steps taken.
Keep up the work, Microsoft!
Marcus Diddle commented
Nice to see the addition of the feature, however I'm finding it distracting that the emoji all present themselves automatically simply by hovering over a message. As I'm reading through message threads, I just see emoji popping up on every single message. I feel a better implementation would be to simply pop up the "…" icon by itself on each message, and then expand all available "…" options once a user clicks it.
Its OK, but the usability is a bit clunky
Joseph Dunphy commented
If having custom emoji support is a very high LoE, please add in some emoji's that can be leveraged for "received request and looking" (used the eyes in Slack) and one for "request completed" (used checkmark in Slack). The thumbs up is not distinct enough and has already been conditioned to just being used as a "like" of a post
The use case are for all internal operations live assists contacts within larger companies. It's so much easier when you have folks on the same team, but working in multiple geographies, that are monitoring for communications from other business areas and they scan through easily by using the reactions to identify when someone else is already looking at a request/ask for help and they can jump to the next thread/post
It's a very simple feature but makes all the difference in making communication more productive and makes MS Teams far more applicable to workflow application.
The feature request was for ANY emoji, not a subset that was chosen by a teenager instead of someone in a professional working environment.
I don't want to sound mean, but your strategy on emoji-based communication is beyond comprehension. Why would you use only Skype emoticons instead of full emoji support? People expect you to perhaps copy and improve upon one of the most loved features of Slack, instead you went for a facebook-hybrid that will leave most people that asked you for this feature ******.
I really want to like Teams, but it seems MS is focused on making it as boring as possible. Please reconsider.
With love, Leo
Peter Bech-Lutzka commented
Professional emojis is really a "must have". Reactions like "seen" + "Agree" + "Read" + "lets meet" + "need more info" and so on would be perfect.