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Would like the ability to create a reminder or task from a message

In Slack there is an ability to click message options and set a reminder to take action on that message at some later date, e.g., remind me about this tomorrow or in 1 hour, etc. I think they use their "slackbot /" commands to create this reminder. In Teams, it would be nice to have this ability or to create a task to take action on a message at some later time. Thanks!

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Tina Harkins shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
try this instead  ·  Suphatra responded  · 

I really like the suggestion of creating an alarm on a message, so you come back to it. I’ve passed this on to our engineering team.

Meanwhile, here’s another feature you can utilize for the same purpose — use our “bookmark” button, which is in the upper right corner of every message. This will save that message or thread directly to your profile. To access your saved messages, just click your face in the upper left corner of the product. You’ll see a tab in the left rail that says “Saved.” This is like a list of little reminders.

Hope that helps! :-)

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  • Aesaaved commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please do this or the ability to mark messages as unread/read within the desktop client as well. I don't open messages for this reason and looks bad when I don't respond or forget.

  • Jeff Berner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That this functionality still doesn't exist in this product after 2 years pretty much tell us that MS is more involved in other things and this product will just continue to flounder. I cant event get Flows to work right with Teams anymore. Save yourself the headaches and go back to Slack.

  • Nikolas Tziolis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Suphatra This isn't just a small featur it changes your wokrflow entirely and hence how much value you get from using teams. Having the ability to push consuming / understanding / reacting infrmation to a point in time when its better for me is absolutely key
    Also, having the reminder data allows you to do things like display dynamic todo lists based on reminders

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a fantastic idea to have a reminder (remind me in X) on a message. Please consider adding it soon.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having this added would be very helpful and more useful than a Saved message workflow and another inbox type scenario

  • Thom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is super useful having slash commands like in Slack - as in - /remind #channel about conference call in 45 minutes

    To be honest, I find Teams to be severely crippled in SO MANY ways - the lack of slash commands is a major one.

    The other crippling thing about Teams is its UI - it is painful and unusable. Just copy the Hip Chat or Slack UI. It solves so many issues in Teams layout. Why force the fixed width of chat text - flow it to the width of the screen. Kill the unnecessary white space. Compact it so it can be useful in communicating and accessing information. Right now, it feels like a phone app being run on my desktop and laptop. I have 24" monitors for a reason. If I wanted to use a tablet app, I'd pull out my iPad or Android tablet.

    I do like the channel tabs (for OneNote since the wiki functionality in Teams is pretty much useless with its current feature set.)

    I want to love Teams and I applaud Microsoft for trying. But seriously. Somethings got to give. Back to slash command reminder functionality:

    USE CASE that Outlook can not address - timely team wide reminders automatically sent to make sure everyone in a specific channel is aware of X in proximity time-wise relevant to when X is going to happen. Example:

    /remind #HelpDesk in 15 minutes "Everyone, the file server will be going down at 5:30 pm CST."

    And again right before 5:30pm

    /remind #HelpDesk at 5:00pm "Everyone, the file server will be going down at 5:30 pm CST."

    This is just one usage.

    I also use Slack personally in addition to Outlook to remind me of important meetings, appts and other critical items on my calendar.

    Just like TV didn't replace the radio, team chat isn't going to replace email and calendar collaboration. We are going to weave these applications together in ways that best suit our individual business needs.

    Thus, I use both email and calendar AND Slack to make my work smarter and more efficient.

  • Jennifer Thorimbert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Suphatra - The bookmarks are handy, but not the same thing. In Slack, I can say "Remind me at 3:00pm to go get some water." I don't need to remember to go look at my bookmarks at 3:00pm: Slack just notifies me.

  • Estolpe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I used "/remind me to do this task tomorrow at 09:00" or "/dnd" for do not distrurb in slack a lot, really sad to see this still missing in MS teams, hope this usability feature will get on the roadmap. Can't even find a bot that does this and the bookmars feature is not doing the same thing sadly. The reminders you created like this in Slack could even be hidden from everyone else, you just used the chat box as your postit note to create a reminder, no matter what chat you where in

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this. Using teams a lot of users miss the function to "this i have to process" later, and the bookmark function is not working good enough.

    This is a killer for increased Teams adoption - The users then rather want to send emails, because there they have more controll on how they ensure that they do not forget to reply to all incoming emails

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This Really needs to be escalated. I'm finding the need for this more and more. "Remind me in" as a tickler is such an amazingly useful tool. I hope this gets added soon.

  • Kamil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can I ask to make connection to Microsoft flow "When a Save the message" is clicked then we can do something in a Flow with this - send e-mail, make a task etc. Simple flow connection give users lots of scenarios they need.

  • John T. Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Saved/bookmarked is current too hidden and is not able to be organized in a custom order. The notifications also all go away once I click in. I want to be able to mark things as read or unread like in my email so I know I still have to work on things.

  • b commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Similar to the Saved tab, can we have an action for adding to our Outlook todo tasks?

    Would be extremely helpful and flexible, basically one of the main reasons to save a message is if you need take action on it

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