Delete Private Chat threads
This request is for the ability to completely delete a private chat thread. (Not hide/archive.)
Again, this was pulled out into its own topic because it is still under review and no decision has been made.
To recap what has already been completed from the other topic:
- Delete your own messages anywhere in Teams.
- Team Owners can choose if users can edit/delete in their tenant as well as choose if admins have the power to delete any message posted in public channels.
- The ability to hide your private chat threads (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
- The ability to mute your private chat threads. (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
This topic deserves consideration and separating out hot items is something we have often done. Please don't think of this as an attempt to diminish the ask, we know that many people want this.
Thank you for your understanding and feedback.
I’m happy to share that the team has started exploring designs for this feature.
We just switched to Office 365 and teams. I can't clear the previous chat that means no privacy. This is stupid.
it blows my mind that this was not a feature from the get go. who designs a product who has a primary function of communicating with others. but overlooks the ability to do something as simple as close out of chat.
how many votes and comments does it take to get this isse done? obviously, it's an issue. It's just another option being requested. OMG I just noticed there are over 33 pages on this issue. Shame on you!
how many votes and comments does it take to get this issue done? obviously, it's an issue. It's just another option being requested.
I think this function is totally violating employee privacy.
Please hurry up and implement a function to delete a complete chat message. This means from both sender and receiver! Bloated Microsoft as usual. At least skype let you save chats in a separate folder. This is ridiculous.
M S commented
This could be easyly done in Skype and Skype for Business, but not in Teams. Why?
Please add asap.
Matt Linder commented
I cant believe it's taken this long to work on this feature! We use this at work and it becomes a mess after a while with an endless list of recent chats.
does MS actually use their own product? amazing this was not there on day 1
Too much chatter about it.
Microsoft should make it a feature and let us adults be empowered to delete a chat.
Should have this feature at the first place
If it was not for this very undesirable feature I would prefer Teams over Skype. But the inability to delete undesirable chats or keeping one continuous chat is a show stopper for me. As mentioned below this is bad for business because some of the discussions are not intended for everyone to see in a business and can cause harm. I will avoid using Teams to chat with others until this is fixed.
Timothy Johnson commented
Teams is such a backward step, a real downgrade from Skype for Business. Even basic essentials like the Powerpoint presentation toolset are missing, and one can't share multiple desktop apps concurrently. The thing looks messy and cluttered, totally shambolic.
My advice is, Don't migrate to this inferior product until you have to. Skype for Business is still supported till July 2021.
Really curious to know what is that make Microsoft to go silent on this case. Is there any reason for it?
As it is clear from various comments below, it does not make any sense to keep some thing unwanted.
Anybody could give some inputs why Microsoft think conversations need not be deleted
Carl Van Heuvel commented
I totally agree, I was thinking of this as being similar to messenger but now that I realized this issue I'm not interested in promoting Teams, I'm forced to use for work due to Skype for Business leaving but I'm definitely not interested in using it for anything else if I cannot delete, major problem with this. I'll chat, text and email with my phone instead and avoid teams if I can.
In schools, we need to ensure that users CANNOT delete private chats, in case we need to investigate bullying incidents.
Code Boy commented
Teams has a VERY CONFUSING user experience and user interface. Too many pimples (...), too many different silo's of where data and information is stored (So many faolders at the Teams level, then each of the channels within that Team, I am spending far too much time just trying to find d@&m file. Conversations are all over the place. Cannot pause your screen sharing during screenshares. Calendar view only has 3 views (why no month view?). No theme options. Things get worse when tons of apps are added that often also have different UX/UI experiences. Uugghhhh.
Maria Fernandez commented
Many companies have very specific records retention policies and having data remain "forever" goes against those policies. It is just not good to have things remain around. Also, it clogs the experience as I can hide them but that is more work and it comes back once you text that person again. And you end up with a very long thread.
Sue Hanson commented
the danger is having something "private" on a chat that you may not want others (customers, other co workers, etc) privy to, but when projecting your screen (in teams or otherwise), it could very easily be left open and accidentally seen. This could be very embarrassing or damaging depending on the topic - not because the topic is inappropriate, but simply not meant for others to be seen aside from those directly involved in the chat. Please change this to be more like MS Communicator where it is truly a "chat" and not an "archive" of conversations. If you need to archive conversations, you can send to email or have the conversation by email to begin with.
T Brooks commented
What government policy, law, or department is preventing Microsoft from giving this option?
To be compliant with GDPR this should be implemented ASAP - Current state is that if an ex employee of a company requests all their personal data be destroyed, the ability to do this in Teams is not possible.