How can we make Microsoft Teams better?

allow any emoji as a reaction, not just thumbs up

Slack has this: get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/206870317-..

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  • Doe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a real must have to change from slack. --> Voted!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Have the ability to respond to comment with emojis other than thumbs up. Slack was WAY better in this area. You really limit individual communication when our only reaction is thumbs up

  • Szilveszter Szebeni commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If Teams had this feature (and custom emojis) I would be able to push to change from Slack in my organization. Right now the push back would be just too big.

  • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If implemented, the additional reactions available must not take up any more space than the current one.

  • Chase Florell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I love the plus [ + ] emoji in slack! Great way to add +1 and have it automatically increment the plusses 😁

  • rory commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Like other commenters, we use inline emojis as a sort of "visual language" that helps us communicate much more quickly and cohesively. It might seem like a frivolous feature, but the benefit is better communication and more enjoyable participation by teams. Well-functioning teams throughout human endeavor develop and use an "in-group" vocabulary, for good reason - it improves communication and strengthens inter-group bonds and identity. Any tool that helps this, especially with remote workers, serves and important purpose.

  • Harvey Scotton - Arm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We use Slack in our organisation as well and I do quite like this feature. Why I like it: If someone asked for something to be done in a channel I can add the 'eyes' to state I have seen it and working on it. Once it is complete I can add the 'thumbs up' to say complete. Just an example.

    I respect Andrews comment, not every organisation might want this so could Microsoft look at making this a feature an IT admin can turn off or on or even better control what emoj's can be used? Appreciate that could well be over engineering it.

  • Andrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Respectfully disagree
    Please keep thumbs up as a single-call out, we can always reply with whatever content we want, but it is useful for our organization to have a simple "I've read this" response - which is what we're training our team to use MS Teams for. If you do make a change, please have an added 'reaction' to the thumbs or change the thumbs to a 'check' or something like that.

    Also, this would needless complicate the UI layout with reams of faces, I cannot imagine it's worth the engineer's time to do this just to be like Slack.

  • Ned Lidbury commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is one of the key things that makes Slack "fun" and encourages people to actively use it. My business unit just migrated from Slack to Teams and we are really missing the emoji reactions. (I know we could post a comment with an emoji, but it feels like overkill and clutters up the thread very quickly. The Slack solution is much nicer.)

  • Jordoggydoo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding that this is actually a deciding factor between Teams and Slack for my research group lol

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I switched from Slack to Teams and this is the feature that makes me want Slack back

  • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If implemented, this must be an option. WIth an expanded range of emojis, the chances of misinterpreting typed input grows, especially when discussing technical topics which may use characters in "odd" ways that mimic emoji character sequences.

  • Winter Schatz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The use of emojis has become ubiquitous at this point. I'd like to request simple keyboard commands, transform typed emojis to common emojis, support of the full list of emojis released by unicode. Additionally, every company culture has something special, and being able to upload and customize emoji posts and as reactions to posts have become common in our online interactions, this is because of Slack.

    Please let us know if this will be released, and if it will be released on all platforms. Thanks!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be really helpful, we did this constantly in slack and it didnt disrupt the flow of conversation. Now, all of the emojis are done via reply and are HUGE and take up way too much space.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Warren let's go bro. this can't be that hard. hire some more engineers or something.

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