disable automatic status
Add option to disable automatic status. I do not want other people to know what I am doing. I would like to see an option that complete disables the automatic status update.
Add an option in Teams Admin center to disable the status feature for the user
Just because my mouse isn't moving doesn't mean I'm not at my desk working or available to take calls/IM's. What a dumb "feature"! I thought moving away from Skype was suppose to increase technology, not take away from it.
I could imagine it being set up like this:
Add one additional option for user status "Automatic". This would behave as the normal "Available" status seems to behave now:
* switch to "Away" after [insert-magic-number] minutes of inactivity (bonus: make [magic-number] configurable)
* switch to "Busy", "Presenting", "in-a-call", etc. depending on
** Teams mode (calling, sharing screen, logged out, ...)
** Linked Calendar (meetings)
Every other option should not do anything besides setting the icon & text. Simple as that. In fact, if i set my status to available and turn off all my devices, I should still be seen as available.
This shouldn't be that hard to implement (no additional functionality required, just moving functions around), yet it would give users back their control and (correct me if i'm wrong) would be incredibly intuitive, which is a UX dream, no?
Martin Bouda commented
When will the update be???
When will this problem be fixed???
The problem we are all writing about here. It is inadmissible for the program to decide whether I am active or inactive. That is unacceptable. The user must always have the final choice.
There needs to be a way to give me more control about how I can override my status without Teams automatically changing it back. There are many good reasons why I might want to override my status. The current implementation doesn't improve team collaboration, it makes it worse.
I might be doing something at my desk that doesn't involve my PC, and Teams forces my status to "Away". This causes people to not reach out to me even though I'm completely available to help them. Being inaccurately shown as "Away" when I'm actually available reduces collaboration, instead of encouraging it.
During most of my meetings I can usually respond to a Teams communication without disrupting the meeting. I don't want to have to manually change my status to "Available" each time, there should be a way for me to have it default to staying available and I'll manually set it to "Busy" just for the few meetings that require my full attention. (There should be a sub-option to default to "Busy" and suppress notifications when I'm sharing my screen, but this should be optional too.)
I might be using my mobile phone after hours to read messages and Teams automatically changes my status to "Available". I don't want people thinking it's okay to reach out to me during my off time unless I want them to. It's a nuisance to have to change my status back to "Away" every time I open Teams on my mobile device. There should be a way for me to control the default behavior.
There is an option to set a duration when manually selecting a status - but Teams doesn't respect it in all cases. This isn't that difficult, just make the "Duration" feature do what it says it will do!
Fix this!! You bill Teams as an enhancement over Skype for Business but in many respects it is not. You took all the good features of Skype and threw them away for this. Another example of Microsoft thinking they know better of what a user wants than the user themselves
Guess I'll go buy a mouse jiggler USB dongle since that appears to be the solution. Thanks a lot Microsoft.
Maybe if I flag everyones comments as inappropriate, it will bring attention to this post, lol.
Having an automated status change system is a good idea.... Only if it's possible for the user to disable and/or overwrite it...
My status is switching to "away" every 5 minutes whereas I'm simply working remotely on another computer... this is so painful...
Just fix this already... There are pages and pages on multiple message boards of people asking you to fix it, but you don't. WTF?
By the way, I have this problem too. I use my laptop for email, teams and meetings, and my desktop for working. I notice people quit reaching out to me when I forget to move my mouse every 8 minutes.
Such a stupid feature, I start working on my dev computer and it automatically changes to away when im working.
Attached simple solution :-P
Even when working in a RDP session Teams goes to status away.
Please add an option to disable automatic status change to away.
David Redden commented
Add me to the list of wanting the ability to disable the automatic inactivity status.
I work on remote desktops and this causes a false activity status to co-workers/management.
Shawna Summers commented
Please allow the ability to set status without it changing when not active on the computer. I often am working in physical textbooks but am still available. I would like to set my status and it not auto set to away when I am not working directly on my computer.
needs to happen, if im in an RDP session it sets me to away.. wtf! clearly im using the **** PC..
Thank to you i cant use a pen and a book to take notes or even draw a prototype because after five minutes my status is away even Im in front of the computer. This is a dumb solution to micromanaging.
The status will change from busy to away while I am in an online meeting looking at presentation. MS Team should not dictate my status if it cannot present my status accurately.
Martin Bouda commented
Hello. Automatic change is not good. In no case can MS Teams decide whether or not I have time, whether I am active or not. That is unacceptable. The user must always have the final choice. I'll give an example: I'm copying a lot of data, the operation takes a long time, in the meantime I'm working differently on the office table, MS Teams will show after a while that I'm inactive. But that's not true! Please fix it. "Activity" and "inactivity" should not be there at all. The user must always have the final choice.
This auto-change feature doesn't even work properly. I was out of office on Friday and had my Calendar set accordingly. I got calls from my colleagues who said MS Teams showed me as green/available. We need to be able to disable this feature. Especially if it doesn't even work right.
Felix Keil commented
Another point of view from a bigger organization with Subteams and long term Corona Home Office:
We are in multiple meetings all day long. Most of them are "Disturbance allowed"-meetings
in specific channels where the status should remain green, because everyone is allowed to join or be pulled out.
We hop between Teams-Meetings all day long and are in Open Meeting rooms even alone so that others can join conveniently.