Schedule message to send at a later time
Often some member of our team finds themselves with a good idea or an interesting article that they want to post on MS Teams while it is fresh in their mind... at 6:00AM on a Saturday. This tends to wake people up if they keep Teams on their phone and don't have it on silent. It would be very nice to have the option to be considerate to those still in slumber and schedule a Teams message to go out at a later time. Many SMS messaging apps have this feature these days.
The Intelogist commented
I feel that merging all the "save as draft" and "keep list of drafts" posts with this one here that refers to a message scheduler will prove unproductive. Don't get me wrong, I don't suggest one issue is more important than the other, I'm just thinking that the two don't have to be implemented at the same time and their functionalities are entirely unrelated.
Most people need a way to be informed/reminded of messages they (for whatever reason) forgot to complete and/or send. This has nothing to do with having a message scheduled to be automatically sent at some time in the future. I do feel that this merge of two unrelated issues will only delay the implementation of both issues, one of which doesn't need a scheduler to be introduced to the platform (new functionality), just a new aggregation view/tab that will display all draft messages (or a bullet/dot/some visual representation next to the name of any chat/channel/etc. where a draft message is waiting to be sent).
drafts vs schedule_later are for completely different purposes:
schedule_later is if you have the complete post but don't want to send it just yet. personally i don't see the need for such a thing in an app like MS Teams, where custom notifications are the holy grail.
drafts, in turn, are not for being able to send something later, but for being able to _edit_ something later, before sending it:) this means that in this case, you just don't have the full message composed yet. do not mix the two use cases, please :)
[tl;dr:] if you don't want to be disturbed by notifications at 6AM, _do_ put your phone on silent! :)
i really don't think you should decide when others should receive your messages.
they (and you included:)) should set up notifications in such a way that it is just the right amount of disturbing at any given time.
if it's your "quiet hours", set up your apps/devices to respect that, so that they will start collecting these for you and only bother you with it in the morning.
in the meantime, if you'd be interested in what's happening regardless of being in the middle of the night, you should be able to do that as an exception.
please dont take the option of such exceptions away from me :)
Seems there are many other ideas which are related. Let's vote them up as well to raise visibility for this issue:
Agree with previous poster. Here is another related idea to vote up: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36937552-draft-message-and-schedule-send
This also looks very similar to other ideas asking for a way to get back to drafts. Maybe vote it up as well: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36937552-draft-message-and-schedule-send
Maybe this should be combined with this other topic which has many votes: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36937552-draft-message-and-schedule-send
This is important and still an issue. Duplicated in other ideas. Especially: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/36937552-draft-message-and-schedule-send
Why doesn't Microsoft have this.... This needs to be a feature.
Rob White commented
This would be very useful for talking with teams across timezones.
I want to send a message to a colleague on a Friday afternoon, but they don't need to see it until their Monday morning.
Charles Fordin commented
A very useful feature for those who burn midnight oil and want to get messages sent off first thing in the am. Or for those who want to save something and polish it up later. Slack has this as well.
Joe H commented
Ideas gain visibility if we bundle our feedback to already exisiting ideas. (use the search). This one is already there: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/19395172-identify-unsent-messages
so please make sure to vote for this as well... ;)
Also would be great fo have "send silebtly" like in Telegram Messenger. So I could send something at midnight without bothering anyone.
Jacob Gilmore commented
I think it would make more sense to have a draft default as "pinned" automatically rather than having it be deleted automatically. I would imagine more users run into the issue of needing to pin their drafts more so than needing to delete their drafts so the need to hard-code drafts being pinned automatically makes much more sense.
Roy Faltesek commented
I sometimes start a message, leave and forget to return to it for days. Please help me realize when I have left one or more of these "drafts" sitting around. Perhaps give me a filter for drafts
Something needs to get my attention when I leave a draft message sitting around.
Drafts should be visible across desktop and web application.
Perhaps give me an activity indicator for Drafts (<count>) which can be clicked to get an activity list of drafts.
Jared Pickerell - Troy Public Schools commented
This would be great! Another use-case is in a classroom setting. A teacher can queue up one or more messages to be sent to their class ahead of time.
When starting a new chat to a person or group I have not chatted to before, and after typing some text I stop typing message, because I need do something else and read some other message, it disappears and I cannot get to it again. It is gone. Why can't the draft be auto saved, so I can come back to it? For existing conversations it is not a problem.
Tim Nelson commented
My workaround for this is to pin the chat until I send the draft. Hopefully this gets fixed eventually.
Gabrielle Guillen commented
Agree with that use case, and here's another: we want to boost adoption of Teams by providing "quick tips" on a regular cadence. We know the topics/tips we want to provide, but we keep missing the date we're supposed to post. It would be nice to be able to write these posts up-front and schedule them to go out in our desired timeline--and then not have to worry about it for months, til we need the next round of topics.
Even a timed alert would be great.