Option for Passive voice channels.
As an avid gamer, I feel like we gamers are very good at collaboration.
I would like to have a voice channel much like to see a passive voice channel where your team members can join and passively talk to each other as they work Much like how discord or team speak works in addition to what already exist in teams. This also will break up the monotony of needing excessive Skype meetings. For people whom work in the department, but are Geographically separated, and cant getup from their desk to just ask a teammate a simple question.
This is much needed functionality in ever more digitized workplace environment
nicholas lemay commented
This would be so awesome. Total game changer.
We switch to Discord for this instead of Teams because of the lack of this feature.
This feature would really come in handy for one-off quick discussions that wouldn't require a video chat. Please add this.
WHY is this not a thing yet. WHY
I NEED DIS
This would add in a much needed feature for team communication, and provide an informal setting for collaboration - especially suited since the COVID crisis.
this would be a great feature for schools using teams becuase they could get help from each other or have a nice chat without having to make a meeting and possibly make the others tink they missed out on some important information
Tim Pfitzner commented
this feature leads in productivity for work from home collab peer teams and virtual teams
it's a suggested feature for ms teams at least since 09-21-2017 06:48 PM
Think this is a great idea to keep connect with immediate teams while we are all working from home. I have used the similar feature in discord and i thing works well for this option. It would also be awesome if a button could be configured for push to talk with this setting, so that a mic can remain muted until we choose to talk.
A Eddie commented
For those of us experienced with remote working, this is a really important feature to compensate for not being able to have in-person interactions in the office be that for bouncing ideas off each other or just having some water-cooler time. Unfortunately people who only ever experience colocated working conditions don't realise how much they take for granted in terms of social interaction.
Stygian Grey commented
At this point, Microsoft should just purchase Discord, Mumble, TeamSpeak, or even a platform like Sococo and just reskin integrate them into MS Teams. I would just recommend using Discord, Mumble, or TeamSpeak until then.
Robert Fazakas commented
I thought about the same. At any one time, a person could be not on a call, on a meeting or in a "virtual meeting room". It's almost like a physical room, while you are there, you can talk to the people in the same room.
Discord, Ventrilo, Teamspeak - they all a similar set-up
Tommy Ballo commented
this would help so much now with Covid-19, As we need to explicitly call every time we want to talk, instead of just hanging out in the same room.
We are considering to switch to discord for this feature...
Please implement this! It is a great way to stay connected with team members and collaborate on the fly.
Markus Andersson commented
Great idea, but why not passive video channels as well. Sometimes you just want a space where people can come and go.
Why is this not a feature yet. Get it together Microsoft! We are all asking for the same thing, and the people that aren't yet, don't know that they want the feature.
I want to have a channel that represents me at my desk that people can just join the chat to get a hold of me. Just call it Stations. Like you have Teams>Channels>Stations (like a radio station, or stationary employee). There, I've done the work for you.
It will serious step up the game of the program. Get it done. PLEASE!
I haven't seen a response from microsoft in 2 years for this thread which is a little concerning. I've been using discord for 4 years and persistent voice channels are even more important than persistent chat. The ability to create different channels for different topics and drop in at any time breaks the barrier for informally collaborating. This is how real work gets done on a development team rather than official meetings where 50% of the attendees aren't paying attention. It's important to not have less features than the competition because technically Microsoft Teams is a response to solutions like Slack and Discord. Please make this support a priority as many of our companies will never use Discord for sensitive discussions.
Alex Garcia commented
In my mind, this is a must-add feature -- especially in our current COVID-19 work from home paradigm! I have to use discord for now.
Timothy Malan commented
This is an important feature that is missing like stated by everyone below me. I'm making a youtube video about Teams and I'm going to mention this as a big negative. However there isn't anything else even close regarding student privacy so... *shrug*.
Jan Spallek commented
We just migrated to MS Teams and the users now see that this feature would help a lot in times of distributed collegues
Roland Arendes commented
Adding vote, same here. This would be very helpful in the current times - similar to TeamSpeak/Discord voice channels.