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Let me @ Mention the user's first name instead of their DisplayName

When mentioning someone with @, is it possible to use the user alias instead of the Display Name? In Slack for example, it is possible to choose whether to display the full name or the user name when being mentioned. Could be great to have it on MS Teams because it is shorter in messages where many mentions are provided.

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  • Stacy DeWaters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A key feature, brought up here in nov of 2016 and probably other places prior to that, yet here we are enjoying 2019 while still being fully annoyed by this lack of functionality.

  • Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Email notifications in Planner uses first name attribute from AAD, what is great. For Teams it is first word from Display Name attribute (what is often very uncomfortable and ugly in large global companies). Pls align Teams notifications with Planner's approach. Thx

  • Joacim Eldre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Upvoted! This is a great feature request. I'm lazy so having to backpaddle each time @ autofills display name is taking several seconds as I abuse the @ for visibility.

    Please implement this or something similar. (:

  • Ian Yates commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This exists somewhat already. For a user "John Smith" I can type @Joh and get the "John Smith" text auto-inserted. I can then backspace out the "Smith" in one keystroke.
    It's not a nickname, but it is shorter and tends to read better.

    Someone here suggested to make this work like Facebook - this is exactly how I've seen Facebook work so at least there's precedent.

  • T.v. Vignesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am awaiting this feature as well - really difficult to use mentions in mail and team because of this.

  • Richard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think the functionality we would like is akin to that of Facebook: you enter the name so it's identified, then you can delete either part of the name as you wish, but the remaining text stays linked to the user.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How is this a request since 2016. It's like you don't want to complete with Slack/Rocket Chat.

  • Bob Luursema commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am very much in favor! My organization uses "Lastname, Initials. (Given name)". Nicknames would be much better.

  • MC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think it's time for an update from MICROSOFT on this easy-to-fix frustration! Is anyone from Microsoft seeing this?

  • Jess commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm fed up of being full-named. I feel like my mother is talking to me not my colleagues. Allow the nickname

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I mean, really. This is a no-brainer.

    You want PEOPLE to use your tools? Then don't design them for @Bot, Worker.

  • Jan van den Hurk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is really a must have. Especially in a "Surname, First name" environment.
    Slack is more user friendly in this aspect.

  • Ryan Van Cleave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It appears the DisplayName attribute is being used to generate the text for greetings and initials.

    This creates a poor user experience for users with a display name that is not "FirstName LastName".

    For example,

    FirstName = "Beth"
    LastName = "Burke"
    DisplayName = "Dr. Beth Burke"

    Teams Notification:
    "Hi, Dr.
    Your teammates are trying to reach you..."

    Another example (my own):

    FirstName = "Ryan"
    LastName = "Van Cleave"
    DisplayName = "Van Cleave, Ryan (FIT)"

    "Hi, Van
    Your teammates are trying to reach you..."

    Some may find it slightly annoying, but customers have begun to complain about this. While trying to drive adoption of Teams, this is impacting the reception by users, especially when the "Dr." is a CIO...

    Best regards,
    Ryan Van Cleave

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