threaded conversations in chats
can we get threaded conversations in chats? i see a lot of folks gripe about the threaded conversations in teams and about the "reply" button, but these seems more to be complaints about notifications and being able to see new conversations together with new replies to conversations.
Threaded conversations are really useful and it would be nice to be able to have these in chats, especially chat groups where several conversations can go on at the same time.
Either add threading to Chats or allow us to pin conversations outside the channel they are in.
I have open chats with all my direct reports for one on one discussions. Always several topics going on. Threads would make organization so much better.
Eddy D. commented
This would be extremely helpful!
I have an example where my colleague and I are working on 3 files at the same time.
The ongoing conversation mixes up the discussions of all those files and it makes it difficult to keep track of what has been discussed for which file.
We just made a move from Slack to Teams and it's disappointing that Teams doesn't have this functionality for chats.
I can't emphasize how disappointing and annoying this is. Working with a group of peers, coming in late to a conversation is pretty much impossible to understand the full issue. Even worse, if there are more than one conversation going on. At this point its better to just send group emails using 'Reply All' because at least that gets you the full scope of the conversation in a single thread.
Robert P. commented
If you do, please do not do this as implemented in the channels feature. If you do, see implementations in Slack or Discord for inspiration.
IMHO the difference between team chats and 1on1 chats is only the number of participants, therefore the options should be identical. If I am talking/chatting with somebody about various topics, I should be able to group my chats into these various topics=conversations to improve understanding and readability
Chris Anderson commented
I ended up using
1) Issue A
2) Issue B
And then people have to prefix their message with 1), etc. Not as useful as the typical teams method of communication.
This is so important - I don't even understand why this does not exist -
I mein why is what looks like the same Chat behaving differently (private chat vs Teams Conversation) ... i don't get it
Please can someone explane - Thx
A good place to what this would be in a popular mobile based chat app called WhatsApp (and I am sure there are others that do this as well). I should be able to pick a particular response and reply to that. Because people in a chat session are not face to face they don't know if the pause is because someone is thinking, or working on another session elsewhere. So one part keeps chatting away, the other party has to catchu-p one message at a time and perhaps even responding to each one of those messages.
In essence bring the Teams' "Reply" functionality to Chat.
This has been a very annoying issue for us switching from Slack. This is probably the biggest feature we crave, besides more integration with other 365 apps. Can't believe this doesn't have more votes
Steve Minar commented
Would really like this feature. It could be a tenant setting, but I think most would choose to have threaded conversations in chats once they use Teams for any length of time.
A byproduct of the different interface in channel conversations vs chat conversations is users become accustomed to entering a message at the bottom of the screen for chat and forget to use "Reply" in channels, fracturing threads. We do user training regularly in attempt to prevent this.
Roy F commented
When (if?) done, please include whatever gui enhancements are done at:
Better visual delineation between `Reply` and `Start a new conversation`: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/19224826-better-visual-delineation-between-reply-and-sta
It would be very helpful for chat and channel chats to look and feel the same.
Jacky L. commented
+1 to this, having reply function to a thread is essential for business communication tool.
Don't know why this function is for Group Conversation only..
Andrew Close commented
This is SO important and can be a real competitive differentiator for Teams. There is so much information that I have to deal with on a day-to-day basis and anything that takes away distractions and makes it more easily digestible is very valuable!
Currently, a chat with a person is simply an on going conversation. However, that conversation could cover multiple differing topics. Once a chat with a person has been started, it'd be nice if you could start a topic under the conversation so that all replies are grouped together. Also, including the ability to expand/collapse all topics so that you can quickly go back to a topic that you're looking for.
I have a running chat with my boss, and we talk about all sorts of things, often all at the same time. He'll ask me a question, and I'll be updating him on what I'm working on that day, and the conversation goes like this:
Boss: OK so where did you put the XX file?
Me: it's on the software drive. Today i'm mostly going to be working on project X.
Boss: that's fine, where are you up to?
Boss: I can't find the file on the drive. Are you sure?
Me: Status of the project is X. Going well. Can I have some more info on what to do next?
Me: I put it in the 'Some ****' folder
Me: also I need the tracking spreadsheet
Boss: still cant' see it
Boss: OK, will do
Boss: Sorry, that was 'will do' on the tracking spreadsheet. What was the other question?
Me: next actions on Project X
Me: for the spreadsheet that is. Did you find the file?
Boss: wait the spreadsheet or the file I wanted in Software?
Me: OMG will they just make threaded conversations already
YES! Please add this feature. It would be really nice to have threaded conversations in chat just like the conversations in channels.
They just updated Teams for the tag/mentions in group chats. Looking forward to thread replies next!
1. User should be able to tag people in group chat as they do in channels.
2. User should be able to do thread reply for messages in group chat
Christopher Wilson commented
We could do with this. The same group of people might have several parallel conversations but we can only have a single thread between them.