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.
Thank you for your votes and comments on this feature. The team is in the process of finalizing designs for deleting private chat threads. I will update as we have more progress to share.
Right now I'd have to say Skype is a better chat tool. I'm not liking the chat feature in Teams. Why is deleting an entire conversation such a big deal for Microsoft? Surely you knew that you would get negative feedback by not having the option. What is a valid reason Microsoft configured chat this way? Your customers deserve an explanation please.
Jason Wolf commented
I want to delete chats. Not hide, delete. Please make this an option.
Not everybody thinks or operates like the people who designed Teams.
Did you design it for yourselves, for my boss, or for me the user?
Robert Sigvardsson commented
This is crazy, they are putting so mush money in this app, and you ca not even delete a message.
Do it or give us a deadline.
absolutely have a delete feature. doesn't make sense
Skype for Business handles this much better! The archived chats are available in Outlook, but don't clutter the chat view. I recommend Teams do something similar.
What is the backlog?
Curtis Robinson commented
Diana Rodriguez commented
10 years later...
l had a chat with someone in January. Now its almost december and it keeps popping up. l vote for DELETE
Andrew Quee commented
I need this as I was recently involved in a project which dealt with confidential and prviate information, and links to a protected database (Coronavirus EM) I have moved on from that role and this information (referred to in chat) should be destroyed as I am no longer qualified to access that information.
It is far too time-consuming to go through several months of chat mesages and clean them up - I want to select a user and purge all chat with them.
Please look into this as a priority.
What does it mean "in the backlog" ?!!
Add the option what are you waiting for ?????
@marc-gehri I think it's getting increasingly frustrating, the lack of engagement, updates etc. GDPR has been with us for a while now and Teams in my view has never been compliant. Raise a complaint with you local data protection authority.
Interestingly I was unable to find any mention of this feature on the official roadmap, certainly not in the development or rollout sections:
Marc Gehri commented
Hello everyone, why do many people write so aggressively? That doesn't help?
Is there a hint for a release date or any other calming answer? Our customers in Switzerland and Germany must have this feature. As already written, GDPR is one of the reasons for this.
I sent a D pic to a girl in the mail room but now our relationship soured. When is the delete function coming!!?? I need this Alex.
We want concrete date for the release of the functionality
Michael Pflugfelder commented
You added the request to backlog and stated on June 9, 2020 that you were "...he team is in the process of finalizing designs for deleting private chat threads....". Any update on this would be greatly appreciated.