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Visual notification in systray of unread message (for both Mac and PC)

When there is an unread message, it would be *very* helpful if the systray icon could have a visual indicator that something is unread.

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  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm required to participate in more than one persistent group chat. The problem is, whether someone is instant messaging me directly, or someone is sending a message in a group chat, there is only one place the notifications show up in the systray. Is there a way to have one systray notification for persistent group chats or select a different color dot or different color flash? My systray notification is flashing at me all day long with the red dot, and most of the time it is not actionable by me, and it is making me miss chats that are directly for me. Please help!!!

  • anonym commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't want some flashing icon, but a badge count would be great for the count of unread messages in followed channels.

  • Vlado Groch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have to agree that red dot is not enough. It's used as a status (in the meeting) and using same visual for missed chats is a bad decision.

    Small bubble icon (even better with some visual indication - e.g. flashing) would do the job much better

  • Snehal Chauhan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @warren red dot is not enough, most of the time we wouldn't notice it. i wish if there could be something like s4b notification flash which draws attention toward unread notification.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The dot on my system tray icon stays red always, even though there are no unread messages. I would really like a dependable visual indicator that I have a new message on the Teams Client (can the icon on the taskbar flash or change color or something)?

    Additionally, system tray icons are almost always wrapped off the screen and are not visible without expanding the system tray.

  • bdot commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've never had a red dot when there has been new activity.
    But then the system also never sends e-mails or pops up notifications that there is activity either.

    So basically all forms of notifying people that there is something there does not seem to work.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You don't have this for all users. The red dot does not work if the Taskbar appearance (Taskbar properties) has the "Use small icons" option checked. With regular icon size I have observed the dot but the huge icons are too wasteful of space. I therefore have "small icons" set.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just as many of the others have stated, the problem is the red dot is identical to the "in a meeting" icon status. The icon appearance in regard to availability/status should be wholly separate from when a new message arrives. Frankly, I don't need a red dot telling me I'm in a meeting.

  • James O commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem is the red dot is identical to the "in a meeting" icon status. The icon appearance in regard to availability/status should be wholly separate from the number of new/waiting messages/notifications.

  • Darren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Every IM/chat app I've ever used gives this capability, so its quite a big missing piece of functionality. Its too easy to miss the banner notification, so having a persistent visual reminder of new messages is vital for any IM topol.

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a must - so many times I have missed notifications when signing in, because the tray icon does nothing.

  • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Definitely need this! And an option to use *only* this for notifications from some channels etc instead of the popups!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed!! I have to keep notification pop ups turned off because they only show on my left screen, which is what shows when I perform demos. My customers don't need to read the messages I'm receiving

  • Daniel Zardo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This a much necessary feature. Once one disables the pop up notiications, it is necessary to have a visual cue on the tray showing that something new has arrived, preventing us to keep accessing the window to check.

  • Karl Maynard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My users are frequently commenting on the fact they don't see messages that have arrived. We have just moved to teams from slack, and this is the #2 issue we have.

    For the most part the users work in the Chat tab all day, then if there is a post on a channel its not particularly obvious - I found using @mention to the channel helps, but it would be nice to be able to have more notification options, including sticky systray messages, sound etc.

  • Stuart Paice commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It seems to I miss a lot of communications because I am not notified by the app. when I go into the app then I see bold text on the conversation. It would be good to have a more pronounce visual like Skype for business the icon flashing and integration to Win 10 notifications.

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