hyperlinking to a chat user
(NOTE - This is the second time I am posting this as the last time it was inappropriately merged into https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17137732-hyperlink-any-text-in-chat which has nothing to do with this request. It is a little frustrating that I can't even get to my original post in order to copy and paste - I need to recreate it from scratch.)
It would be very helpful to have the ability to hyperlink INTO a chat with a given user. We relied on this heavily while using Skype and it is a very nice feature to be able to embed into other internal applications.
E.g. in Skype we could use:
<a href="skype:myuser?call">Call User</a>
<a href="skype:myuser?chat">Chat with User</a>
Could we please allow for the same linking INTO Teams from 3rd party applications?
Please see related discuss here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Hyperlinking-from-a-web-page-into-Teams-Chat/m-p/134506#M9672
Abb ey commented
How to open a private conversation with a Bot in MSteams from an HTML page [ Html link click to open a private conversation with an Bot in MSteams.]
Nice to offer a ‘chat to IT servicedesk’ button on our help-pages!
Allan Christean commented
Yet another oddity easy to do with Skype for Business, but vacant in Teams. Please add, Microsoft. Teams is great but it's very interesting how many "standard" features you chose to add in Skype for Business that are simply missing in Teams with nothing but crickets anywhere we choose to raise the issues (in spite of all the very good features Teams has, of course).
Both of the following options ;
only appear to work if the user is in the same tenant. Ideally this should be able to open a chat to external users via Teams. Only then would be useful as part of an email signature.
JP Davey commented
You can do this using msteams: for the chat part (not sure about the call part):
One issue with this I've found is using the link within (specifically) desktop application Office OneNote. It seems to add an extra slash after the msteams: when you click it so instead of msteams:/l/chat... it's msteams://l/chat... and it causes teams to still pull up but not switch to the user you are trying to chat with. You can see that it's doing this because the external link warning that pops up (when you click your new link) shows the double-slash; if you paste and run the double-slash version of the url into a web browser you see the same behavior.
Thierry Dalon commented
This already possible as mentioned in a comment below using deep links https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/deep-links#deep-linking-to-a-chat
Unfortunaley these links will leave a left-over redirect window in the browser.
William Blake commented
This https://email@example.com doesnt work for me. It opens Teams, but does not start a chat with one or more people. I need a way to have a feature like we use to initiate help desk chats in Skype for Business. Currently all you have to do is:
I cannot documentation or examples where you can start a chat with multiple people in Teams from a web url.
just use this url format
Shaik Arif Diggi commented
This is from SKYPE
if this is run via run command in windows it will open a chat window
Something similar to this in TEAMS
You can do this by Deep linking - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/deep-links#deep-linking-to-a-chat.
But this is unsatisfactory because the link doesn't take you directly into a chat in Teams; it takes you to a confusing launcher page that your average user will give up on.
Sort this out - https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/31308418-deep-links and we'd be happy.
Roy F, great workaround, but it requires colleagues to be already authenticated on the web version of Teams, as I'm sure you know.
Come on MS, make it possible to create URLs that open Teams.app chats directly (on Mac and Win alike).
Jan Baumann commented
This would actually for once be a very helpful feature of Teams. I would love to see this and be able to put a "Chat with me" Link in my wiki profile for example.
Roy F commented
Others at my company (Liliana and Courtnee) showed me how to do this. It's slightly cumbersome, so I consider it a workaround, not a fix, but it works:
Steps to get a link to someone else:
1. Open online Teams, click on Chat.
2. Start a chat with the person for whom you want to create a chat link.
3. Click on tab Organization (done to get off of tab Conversations).
4. Hover over their image (upper left), when the popup is presented, click Chat.
5. Copy the resultant URL, which will have the form:
You can't initiate a chat with yourself, but you can manually create it by getting your orgid and pasting it into the above URL.
Steps to get your own orgid:
1. Open online Delve
2. Click on Me (upper left, below Home).
3. Copy your orgid from the URL shown, which is of the form:
You can then create a chat link to yourself by pasting your orgid into:
Roy F commented
Configuring this into a mail signature and adding to a web page for contact are excellent examples of where this would be useful.
I would like this to be able to insert my personal Chat URL in my email footer. Get busy!
I would love to get this feature!
[Deleted User] commented
Looks like this just about got implemented I’ve tested it with manual registry edits to have teams handle sip href. Just need to figure out how to have Teams provide the registration on its own
It would be great to have something like this in Teams link for a specific user and start chat with this user