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
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.
I really can't believe, 4 years later, you haven't done this yet.
Dave Batton commented
> we are also doing work to give users the choice between Teams notifications & Mac notifications.
Don't. Just remove Teams notifications and put your effort into Mac notifications.
Jamie Evawin commented
Update for anyone who's frustrated that this still isn't a feature. If you use the Teams web app and allow notifications, it then uses browser notifications which are Mac OS native.
You can't reply or do anything like that but at least if you're full screening, you don't miss conversations. However, I've found it doesn't alert me for calls.
The web app is pretty much the same as the native Mac app from what I can see.
Also if you're in Chrome, hit the 3 dots menu > more tools > create shortcut > tick "Open as window" and Teams will look and feel like an app with its own dock icon and window.
Niels Andersen commented
I'm thinking there must be a deeper political reason why Microsoft won't respect the host platform with this why else would it take years to ship?
I've stopped using the native app because of this and now only use Teams via Chrome (which is quite gimped feature wise).
As a consultant working with multiple clients it's a subpar experience for all involved when Client A's notifications override the do-not-disturb setting during a meeting with Client B. Embarrassing at least, but potentially also a liability with regards to confidentiality agreements and such.
This is stopping me from using Outlook over Mac mail. Such a necessary feature, though I can't say I'm surprised that MS don't care to provide it.
Florian Schmidt commented
Hi. What is the status of this? It keeps getting postponed every month? Is there any way to enable this already via a developer preview or something?