Integrate with MacOS notifications
Notifications built into the OS (which all apps I've seen use other than Outlook and now Teams) are more functional and allow for more user control. Most importantly, they honor Do Not Disturb settings, which is critical.
We are getting closer, and are still working thru some bugs, but hope to release this as part of a Public Preview pack in early 2021! (Windows 10 released with the December 2020 pack this week)
You can learn more about the new Microsoft Teams Public Preview program here: https://aka.ms/TeamsPublicPreview, and Teams administrators can find documentation to manage which users will see the Public Preview option here: https://aka.ms/TeamsPublicPreviewAdmin
Yes, please please please integrate Teams notifications into the native MacOS structure. The way Teams operates now with their notifications is that it kills the whole standard Mac navigation scheme with multiple desktops and keyboard shortcuts. While this may seem trite, it is a big issue from a workflow perspective and causes a lot of frustration and animosity towards Microsoft.
Jason Tenpenny commented
Please tell me that call notifications and meeting start notifications will also transition to native Mac notifications before y'all mark this as complete. Don't stop half way.
Not having that feature, that should have been done the right way since the beginning, makes me think what some people say, that Microsoft did it purposely to make macOS appear bad to Mac users of Microsoft Teams, is not totally unfounded...
Please be quick, and accurate.
Ryan Lutgen commented
Hope to have it in a part of a public preview by early 2021, like it was hoped to be released in Q2 2019... Progress is progress, but come on this is getting ridiculous.
Do not receive audible or vibration notifications on new iPhone 12 mini. This is a business phone and need this feature to work!
Erik Granlund commented
Glad to see some progress was made on enabling native notifications.
Can't wait till we see them on Mac OS.
I miss most of my Teams notifications because they pop up and disappear so quickly. (not to mention I can't see a summary on my lock screen either)
Shelby Manney commented
Great to hear there is testing going on for this feature improvement!! - I would add that if you guys could please make sure that we can move the location of the notifications for MAC OS (computer specifically, not mobile devices). One critical item to note is that when a MAC user receives an Audio or Video call the notification for the call appears in the righthand corner of the screen BELOW the MAC notifications. So there is not a way to answer the call or even see who it is from. The only work around is to put my MAC notifications on DO NOT disturb or use my phone or tablet to answer the call. This not ideal, when I turn off my MAC notifications I may miss Facetime Calls, iMessages, calendar alerts, reminders, and email notifications. Also it will turn my apple watch, iphone, and iPad on do not disturb as well. Thus I miss normal phone calls as they vibrate. A work around would be either better integration into MAC OS notifications. This would allow a user to put on do not disturb and fix the issue with calls appearing below the notifications. Another fix could include allowing the user to choose and/or move the location of the notifications (similar to the way outlook notifications and alerts work on the MAC). Possibly creating a smaller window that would be a "notification center" were people on teams a user is following would show when they were available, allow a user to answer calls, and change their status (e.g. click a moon and other icons quickly to go to do not disturb, away from desk, etc. ...i.e. change their status). Like with outlook, the user could simply minimize or X out the notifications window and they would not get notified. Possibly a "Pop-up" warning asking if they want to put on do not disturb, silence, or minimize (i.e. they just want to minimize the notifications until another one comes, or they want to change their teams status to do not disturb, or they just want to silence the notifications but still want people to be able to contact them).
Anyway that is my 10 cents.
Working on it,
Just an other sad Teams User commented
I'm amazed this is even allowed by Mac OS's platform. Completely ridiculous, frustrating and improductive.
Involuntary Teams User commented
Making millions of people use a service that has never made it out of the MVP state, costing hours of productivity, and many missed messages due to very inconsistent and unreliable delivery of notifications should be considered a crime against humanity.
OMFG! I thought it will be impossible to get a vaccine against Covid-19 before the release is near, but thanks god microsoft has beaten my dreams and this simple feature needs more time to get released than a medicine for a pandemic. Congratulations!
I guess all is clear, this feature was not allowed to be released on macOS before Windows 10!
Hope to have it in early 2021, like it was hoped to be public by Q2 2019?
To Matt C - At least you can mute the channels if you want.
Matt C commented
Re: "in testing" update, hallelujah!!
PLEASE please also offer more granular notification settings. It is extremely distracting getting the notification count 'badge' on the app icon in the dock for all things considered 'Activity' by teams. There is stuff that makes sense to have in the Teams Activity Feed but not have any sort of OS-level notification for. For example, in my case specifically, any sort of OS-level notification of activity in channels I follow is distracting. I would like that activity showing up in the activity feed within Teams only.
In other words, as it stands today, I'm always glancing at the Teams dock icon and thinking I have a message when in fact someone has just posted in a channel. I need a feed of channel posts (as exists) but not notifications of them. Hope that makes sense. Everyone on our team is driven crazy by this same thing! Thanks!
THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!! This fix can't come soon enough! Thanks for the update.
Chris Lindhartsen commented
This feature doesn't exist yet in wide release but it's shown in documentation online for Notification settings in Teams for at least a few weeks now.
This cant come soon enough. You cant even CMD + TAB to teams because it selects the notification "window" so you have to manually click the teams app. Infuriating.
Not only has the native notifications for Mac not been delivered. The custom notification system is broken when using fullscreen applications, so when I tab back to Teams, it takes me to a blank screen. Probably the most infuriating experience.
Ridiculous that this 'feature' keeps getting pushed. No one wants your ****** custom notifications, please just use the host OS's.
When will the roadmap get an update, I am waiting to read that the feature will come in january. I will send the same question in januar as update for feb.
since your roadmap promised it in septermber, but no worries in corona time there is no special need for such a simple feature which would all of us help.