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.
Like Google, MS is commoditizing all customer data. Allowing end users to delete this data has a direct impact on MS ability to share this data with their partners (clearly explained in the EULA).
Having full access to your chat history allows them to customize the user experience (ads and data mining).
Like it or not, MS is financially compelled not to allow you to delete anything.
John S guest comment commented
Finally it is getting looked into, but on the backlogg together with the other basic features like "save as" that people have grown to expect as default on any modern application created this millennium.
What makes this less important than the ability to "praise yourself", a feature they are actively working on after a total of 16 upvotes is obviously beyond any actual user of teams but I guess we have learned to have low expectations to this product over the past two years.
It still feels feature incomplete, that is SAD.
Brian Bolton commented
Should be any thread on any channel that can be deleted.
Sean Edwards commented
This really needs to happen. I end up using another chat client so that conversations that are only important at the time of the conversation don't clutter up teams. Even doing this things still get cluttered up.
How did this even get past beta? Hide is not an option, we need to be able to delete and clear history
we need delete whole conversation function
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.