Make "Follow this channel" the default setting.
Usual Microsoft lack of UI intuition.
Channels should be followed by default with the user unfollowing it if they wish.
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Please make this happen soon. I'm a huge believer in Teams as a tool, but when members of the team are unaware of their involvement it is pointless.
Add this feature now please.
Plus allow the owner to change users settings at any time.
Michael B commented
Our company sees a lack of engagement in Teams/Channels overall because of this missing functionality. We are having to tell users every time they are added to a channel to enable this notification as it is not obvious when a new message has been posted.
I believe this should be an org wide setting option for the admin to determine as it may not work for some larger groups. Another alternative would be to force a popup on each new channel/team a user is added to prompting them to decide whether or not to receive notifications for the specific channel or all channels in that team.
This is a must, users in our org get added to Teams and channels and they don't know how to or forget to follow the channel and they never see any of the messages. This causes a lot of user frustration.
Mike G commented
At the very least, there should be an option in the admin portal to make notification for all new messages an org-wide default (useful for very small orgs) and allow owners to set a team and/or channel default for all users (instead of having to keep asking everyone to please turn this on).
While the Microsoft group in charge of Teams is taking it's sweet time discussing this (>1 year is bordering on outrageous), a lot of your customer base is frustrated and Teams engagement is being impeded in a major way.
Please add this Feature!!
So after multiple tickets #16844557, #17450688, #16844557 stretching over 3 months. Microsoft has directed me back to this and informed me that it is in fact under review, unfortunately, there is no workaround.
I find it hard to believe that it takes a year to review something so blindingly obvious either the global admin or channel owner needs the ability to change the setting, for those stating you would have unmanageable amount of notifications thats why the end-user has the ability to change their settings, this is completely backward.
Every single comment below highlights the futility of trying to use teams without the ability to change this setting. my users are now using the chat section exclusively and I have no incentive to convince them otherwise. The team's section is rendered completely useless by this lack of foresight! if it doesn't notify you why would you use it.
If this is flustrating you and your users as much as me please vote on it and comment.
CAN YOU PLEASE ADD THIS! My team has decided group chats are better since it's always going to notify you.
can we do follow channel and enable notifications from powershell or some other manner to all members in team?
This is the number 1 issue that my organization has with Microsoft Teams. We want to use it as our default collaboration and information sharing platform, but we cannot guarantee that users have followed channels. What is Microsoft's solution?
Any update? This makes it very difficult for teams to get off email and onto channels.
We need to have this feature enabled. For high priority Channels/Teams, having the option to configure this as an option when creating a Team/Channel allows the creator to know that people will see the messages. The user should have the option to turn it off, but it is too easy to miss a conversation when a notification does not pop. I'd rather turn it off when I realize I do not need to be notified.
Genghis Khan commented
I vote that this should be implemented. Our team went 2 weeks without getting new messages in the channels they joined. Even after everyone was informed to follow the channel, some forgot and went another week before actually getting real time notifications.
This is a horrendous idea.
Since joining ALL channels in a team is the default, this would result in a completely unmanageable amount of notifications, especially in large organizations.
I prefer the Slack model, where you do not join ANY channel by default and have to Opt-in to all channels you would like to participate in. That way, you only recieve notifications for that activity you need to see.
I this case I am glad Microsoft is NOT listening to everyone in this thread because it is a really REALLY bad idea.
This feature needs to be FIXED. Managers need to have confidence that their people are ALL communicating and using the site. Channel creators should have the ability to push notifications to people whether they think they need to see them or not.
Teams channel notifications are set to off by default. This is extremely frustrating as no one ever sees team messages. To compound the issue there is no way for a team owner or even a global admin to change this setting, meaning the only place to ensure you get notifications on a channel is at end user level. For a workforce who is new to this system the only way this will happen is with training. For a company of my size this simply isn’t an option. Ive raised the following Ticket #:16844557 the issue is apparently under review but will only be put forward after 300 votes. It seems absolutely insane for a messaging platform not to notify its users of messages. Its always going to be easier to turn off notifications rather than on. Ive just found this ticket which has over 1000 votes and hasn’t been reviewed for 2 years. Could you please make this a priority? or atleast give us some Powershell scripts to edit the default.
This is the single biggest issue turning us away from teams - It seems like a massive oversight.
Do you really expect people to send seperate communication to everyone involved every time a new channel or team is created asking them to opt-in for notifications?
...And then good luck checking people actually did enable notifications for a channel. Ideally channel\team owners\admins should be able to manage and see who receives notifications but I'd settle for simply making notifications ON by default.
I can't beleive this is still under review after so long, this needs to be added yesterday.
Jay Legue commented
My organisation is currently using Slack where notifications are ON by default and you have to turn them off. We have an Office 365 subscription and would like to use Teams, but having to tell every user to tun on notifications for every channel so that they see that there is a message is ridiculous. NOBODY will migrate to Teams easily if such a basic function is missing.
Craig S commented
It should be default, trust me, I missed so much stuff posted in teams. Then i hear people talking and i'm like "what, where you hear that?" Notifications should be ON by default. I've felt like a ******** several times already by not knowing something is going on.
If people are going this route and using teams, make the experience a better one. I'd rather be annoyed and turn off the notifications if I feel the need....it's a much better alternative than feel like a ******** when you miss important updates.
This feature is important to me as I am involved in multiple team projects, each having a channel, and I want to focus on just the one project I am currently working on. It is really quite distracting when I don't have a way to filter the notifications to only the ones I need to see right away.
Baylei Schmit commented
This would be great--it is easier to remove this setting if you don't want it than to remember to follow every new channel.