More status options, custom status, and Out of Office
I like the status options in S4B, and so does my boss. It will be important to my boss before accepting the use of MS Teams widely to have a broader range of statuses. Missing statuses are:
* In a meeting
* In a conference call
* In a call
* Be right back
* Off Work
Particularly of importance are "Be right back" and "off work". "Do not disturb" is probably sufficient for "in a meeting", "in a call" and "presenting". But, it sure is nice that S4B auto-detects those three statuses (for the most part).
Would like to create a custom status option, such as an out-of-office message.
This request is still queued within our backlog. No new details yet.
any update on this one. see @warren has responded almost 2yrs back, but still this option ismissing
Mary Rdz commented
I don't believe MICROSOFT is really reviewing these.. MIRCRSOFT has buttons they use Like : "Working on it" ," Under Review" "Backlog" almost the same buttons we've been asking for "be right back" , "at lunch" " in meeting" etc..
Daisys Matthews commented
I'd love to see a Working from Home status option.
Should hook into working hours too - as more and more flexibility exists in the workplace it would be good to hide status to others outside their personal working hours
Very basic functionality we used to have in Jabber.. what's keeping you Microsoft?
Why so complicated Just add an custom option where you can write your own OoO message
In this days it is especially important in our company to know who is working remotely and who is in the office. So status working in office, working remote (in home office) would be very helpful
I would like to have blank status circle to add 3 letters , for example WFH, or WIO ... etc. to present my work location each day, office, home or field.
Any update on the “Off-work” status-
Out-of-Office becomes a more formal on-holiday/will-not-reply status which hints that important msgs might go unnoticed.
This “off-work” would be more like an accurate informal disconnect status & would be a great value add in this corona age that actually helps you punch-out/log-off while remote working while indicating you pick up any critical items if needed.
"In a call", "Presenting" and "In a meeting" are already statuses in Teams. Your presence automatically switches to these 3 statuses if you're in a call, presenting, or in a meeting. I do not see this being an issue.
For "off work", if you turn on Out of Office, you status in Teams changes to 'Out of office'. Also for custom status, you can already set a status message to say whatever you want. I use Out of Office and a custom status to let my team know I am out of the office, with a short description of my return date.
David Willis commented
Definitely still need "off work" (still missing even though it was in S4B), and "working remotely" would be nice to have as well (as others have said, this is more important now with so many people working from home).
Also the ability to add a custom status (possibly w/ a short custom message/description) would be great to cover scenarios that don't fit any of the built-in statuses.
What is the status of this request? Originally made almost 4 years ago, with the latest admin response 2 years ago and almost 5K votes... another update would be appreciated.
Finally I will throw one more idea out there (or add my vote to anyone who has suggested it already) - the ability to integrate with Outlook working hours to automatically change "available" to "off work" at the end of working hours for the day. Maybe have this as an option the user can turn on/off in their settings. Then if the user still wants to show as available after hours they can set the "available" status manually (if its just once in a while) or disable the feature altogether (if they never want working hours to switch their status). Once the user is no longer available, other statuses would kick in like normal (e.g. they lock their machine and it switches to "away", etc.). That would be great for people who are still online past work hours for one reason or another (e.g. working late on urgent tasks, doing additional research on their own time, etc.) to let others know that they aren't really "available", so they don't get pinged with additional requests after hours that should be sent through other channels (since that tends to happen if people still see them online)...
Mike Désaulniers commented
A real usefull option would to be able to add our own Costum status to the existing list that each on will use more often so we don't need to use pregen msg from microsoft.
-Select the status icon
-Write the status
-Write the message
in a call would be extremely helpful. not that they respected it all the time in skype but some folks did. LOL.
any move up the backlog from 2 years ago?
Let's see. Originally posted 4 years ago. A backlog note 2 years ago. Come on MS. Fix it already
In addition to this, I would like to have the ability to post the Time on the computer I'm logged into. Or I guess more generically, allow custom Properties that could be created locally and automatically or manually populated and be used in the Status message. I work with employees all over the world and it would be helpful if we could mandate across the company that the users update their status with something like "The current local time is @System.Time and I am logged into my @Properties.DeviceName" and it would display like "The current local time is 08:46:52 and I am logged into my iPhone". Where the @System would reference some System/Environment variables and @Properties would reference the custom Properties list (that doesn't actually exist yet).
def needed. I have staff moving around on different sites. simple apps like in/out allow me to make a selection of status options.... really surprised office does not yet have this basic feature. I have to pay $18pp per month just to get this app - sigh
At a minimum, the ability to manually flag as working from home or 'not working' should have been resolved months or years ago.
Additional functions that are needed:
- set my regular working pattern (e.g. at work Mon, Tues, Thurs, WFH on Wed & Fri (unless I manually override on any given day)
- Teams Tab with easy to see at a glance table listing members and their status (including WFH, on break, on leave) like the good old fashioned office whiteboard listing names and whether in or not.
Better yet - store a list of our custom messages ( to select from(
needs to include a setting that allows users to adjust the 'away' timeout length, similar to Skype for Business.....including an option to never automatically change to away.