Using Teams Offline
MULTIPLE USERS reporting offline needs:
Generally want to use Teams offline:
If I am offline it would be great to browse through Teams and Channels in case I have to lookup some informations.
Also viewing the latest notes in "Notes" on teams would be great.
It would be enough to have "Read only" - for the moment my Teams app does not even open when I am offline
Compared on my mobile - I can read all posts while I am offline.
Edit while offline:
just been using teams wiki to take and share notes in a meeting. when the connection dropped we were all kicked out of the teams application and weren't able to read what had been put. when the connection came back up, half of the notes were missing. There needs to be better handling of offline mode and a way to carry on working and sync changes when the connection comes back or at very least a way to read offline
Sending messages to offline contacts:
I had thought this was already the case, but it would be nice if we could send private messages to Teams contacts who are offline, and have that message pop up for them whenever they next log in.
There are instances when I have a thought I would like to share with a co-worker and it would be helpful if I could send them a private chat message that they will later receive, regardless of whether they are currently online or not.
Access files offline:
I need to do this on our construction sites.
We are working on a better experience in Teams when a user is not connected to the internet. No timeline to share at this point, but we will keep you posted.
I would like to utilize this for a critical team, and would like to to have access 24/7 to previous emails communications, ..etc
Most of our team members are offline but require to access files and information that is shared in MS Teams.
also 80% of our team FIFO and would like to make use of this time to open and read files shared in MS teams, currently they cannot as you cannot access any files when in flight mode. Please look into this as this will be a make or break for our team to use MS Teams.
I just showed a very impressed manager Microsoft teams with planner embedded in it. The inevitable question came up, what is I'm offline ? Sadly I had to tell her there was no way of viewing Teams offline. Come on Microsoft this is a 'must have' enhancement.
Why on earth would you have a desktop version that can't be used offline? Simply takes up space on my PC, if I can't use it offline.
Offline would be great. Its frustrating when you lose a signal and you are just reading something and suddenly you can't.
Agree as I'm traveling a lot using all the capabilities such as planer, notes, ... offline would be super handy
Jeff Landeen commented
I use OneDrive to synch files and work with them locally and have them managed/copied to the cloud automatically. It would great to have Teams work the same way. So that I can work and manage against my "local" cached copy of the file which is automatically uploaded to the files on my team channel.
I thought that Teams contents would be "cached" within the desktop application so that it would be accessible anywhere regardless of network conditions.
I'd love to have access to all our notes and wikis in particular when visiting customers onsite where network access is not available or extremely expensive (roaming).
It might also make sense to offer a "sync all" function to refresh the cache of selected channels / teams...
At least the ability to read messages from the last day while offline would be good. This would allow a discussion about tasks which need to be done on a remote PC to be discussed, before connecting to a VPN, which cuts off connection to the teams server. If the chat history could be read offline we would then be able to refer to what was discussed when performing the tasks over the VPN. As it is now, all the information would need to be copied and pasted into notepad, or shared via email or skype for business, all of which can be read offline.
Lazarous Manda commented
Using MS Team is the must have feature. Here in Africa we do not have internet very where you go. MS Teams must enable have access to my Documents.
The 3G/4G connection cost a lot to my teamate so they prefer using Teams offline at home for daily report and sync notes once at office.
In NYC, I need messages I type while offline on the subway to send automatically when connected.
Alex Smith commented
I guess this is the key difference between a server based tech like Teams and peer-to-peer skype, skype loved being offline. Teams needs to work offline or at the very least fail gracefully so that some functionality carries on working (browsing chat history as a starter)
Satnam Bains commented
Teams Offline is essential, without it the platform is not productive, individuals are not wanting to adopt because the content is not available off-line.
Schalk Reyneke commented
Maybe in other areas of the world this is not such a big issue, but in South Africa this is a major issue. If you are in the airplane you are unable to access anything in teams, or if you are in area with weak or no internet connectivity. This make this functionality very much impractical to use.
Maybe one could define nr.of MBs for offline cashing, thus having all conversations readonly in offline modus up to particular moment ?
Justyn Davidson commented
Suphatra - is this really not even on the development radar?
Lawrence Yau commented
A primary benefit touted by team communication tools is the elimination or reduction of email. Without offline capabilities, Teams can't duplicate the basic read-anytime, compose-anytime, sync-when-connected nature of email.
From what i understand there's already an offline cache. When someone changes their profile picture it often takes a few hours or a few days for it to be visible to other people.
There needs to be an offline cache of pictures and text. It takes too long to load notes when on a poor internet connection. Also, allow users to copy pictures to another document.