The automatic status should be based on the overall PC activity, not specific on Teams activity.
For instance, my status shows "Away" although I'm working on my PC in Word or Excel and Teams is running in the background. When I switch to Teams and do something, only then the status is "Available". But the status should be "Available" when I do other work in the PC.
I need the ability to select 'offline' but still be signed in (just like Skype for Business). I often times need to appear offline from most people and still chat with who I want. Also if I'm working on things outside of business hours but don't want anyone to chat with me.
Having Teams function similarly to Skype would be huge - one of the features I really took advantage of in Skype was easily being able to see if someone has been away for "x" amount of minutes, giving me an idea if they should be returning from lunch, or a meeting or if they've left for the day. Yes this function is there, but it requires you to hover over that person's name to see how long they've been away, rather than just seeing it next to their name. Please integrate this into an easier view option possibly in the settings!
christine cunneen commented
AGREED - we also used to be able to add a note. For example 'Be Right Back' "going to lunch, or driving the kids to school
Martin Shepherd commented
So, today, I am offered the option to always sign in to Teams with a Status of Do Not Disturb!
Was it too hard to offer all status categories as a default sign in LIKE SKYPE DID?
Seriously, this is worse than no status at all.
Refer to the the code for Skype for Business and make it work in Teams.
Upon sign in in Skype, one sees the complete drop down list under the box that says:
Sign in as:
Do Not Disturb
Be Right Back
Martin Shepherd commented
The Teams Status indicator must be fixed.
1. A user should have the option to set a status as Away, Busy, Be Right Back, etc.
2. A user should be able to set a time before the status changes to Away due to inactivity. For example, 5 minute increments up to 30 minutes.
3a. When a user logs back in, Teams should show any current status if other than Available and ask if the user wants to update that status OR
3b. Automatically update the user status to Available when the user logs back in or starts a new session.
Making it work like Skype For Business would be better than nothing.
Steven Walden commented
Honestly Microsoft. How can you force us to move to Teams and then make such a huge blunder as this? Presence awareness has been one of the ways I, as a Microsoft Partner, have been selling Office 365 into my clients. Now, you want to mess up such a rudimentary thing? This needs to be addressed ASAP. My clients are not happy so this is making my business look bad.
Jason Up commented
I agree with @MattStern, Teams should mimic SfB status behaviour. I have them running side-by-side and SfB tells me I'm Available and Teams says I'm still in that meeting that ended an hour ago.
Matt Stern commented
Should mirror Skype for Business status behavior.
Sven Engelhardt commented
I decide when I'm busy, not Teams. I will be able to configure teams to respect my
calendar (or whatever) or not. I'll have the possibility to switch off this annoying
And I'll not be obligated to change my state again and again every time a meeting
ends earlies as defined in my calendar or if teams thinks that when I'm not chatting
I'm not available.
For me, this is Microsofts main problem. It thinks it knows what I'll do/have or not
(simply see MS-Word behaviour). But this is wrong in 99% of the cases and leads
at least to more work than doing it manually.
Michael Taylor commented
It does this when it knows you have a meeting as well. But a meeting may be at my desk or I may not attend. Unless I remember to go back to teams and change it then it'll show me as away.
At least a step up would be the ability to be able to change the status from the sys tray.