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.
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.
How is this a request since 2016. It's like you don't want to complete with Slack/Rocket Chat.
Bob Luursema commented
I am very much in favor! My organization uses "Lastname, Initials. (Given name)". Nicknames would be much better.
I think it's time for an update from MICROSOFT on this easy-to-fix frustration! Is anyone from Microsoft seeing this?
I'm fed up of being full-named. I feel like my mother is talking to me not my colleagues. Allow the nickname
Stacy Yang commented
My vote goes to nicknames instead of display names.
I mean, really. This is a no-brainer.
You want PEOPLE to use your tools? Then don't design them for @Bot, Worker.
Mark Volders commented
This bug is added in two threads: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36080635-mail-notification-uses-the-first-name-of-displayna
I almost created a third :-) as it is just weird communication this way.
Jan van den Hurk commented
This is really a must have. Especially in a "Surname, First name" environment.
Slack is more user friendly in this aspect.
Jonathan Klein-Wiele commented
We have this Problem, too. Shouldn't ne so complicated to fix. Just use the Frist Name variable would fix this...
Ryan Van Cleave commented
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".
FirstName = "Beth"
LastName = "Burke"
DisplayName = "Dr. Beth Burke"
Your teammates are trying to reach you..."
Another example (my own):
FirstName = "Ryan"
LastName = "Van Cleave"
DisplayName = "Van Cleave, Ryan (FIT)"
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...
Ryan Van Cleave
Nathan Wells commented
Seriously - it is crazy this isn't already possible...
Ian Caldwell commented
+1 Agreed, user set nickname would be good - or else the mentions need to be shown in a different way. We have an international workforce, so for our Thai users, nicknames are key.
Damian Keeghan commented
This has been raised many times, maybe we should combine them into a single request - https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/19611169-options-to-change-display-name-format
+1 on this. At my organization, they add in our parent co. AND business unit acronyms in our display name which ends up with a terribly unsightly @mention...if you have two last names and a middle name...forget about it..
"Last [2nd last], First [Middle] [UHQ] [BIZ]"
This needs to be editable asap
When @mentioning someone using their full name doesn't feel friendly. I nearly always backspace to remove the Lastname portion. Doing so makes the message flow better.
There are times when this isn't possible, for example if there are multiple people with the same first name - so simply removing the Lastname segment isn't appropriate. For example in my team we have Dave O, Dave C, Dave L, being able to specify how each prefers to be @mentioned would be much better
Steven Collier commented
Agreed, this is required like Yammer! A user controllable alias in the UI while retaining admin level access to the real UPN. In fact, just allow display name to be editable and not synced from on premises.
@Hannu As long as the admin can override no problem. You don't want to start looking inside your organisation for people based on nick names they can keep on changing. It'll be a game of hide and seek!
This should be customisable by the person (not only by admin). For example I prefer to be known by my first name, there are people who are only known by a nickname not first or last name...
Ideally you would choose this from a teams setting for yourself and still more ideally by "teamspace". So for customer oriented the nickname could be your first name and in other teamspaces something else...
The current approach is very unchatlike and looking formal/bureaucratic...