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.
Mike Falconer commented
The ability to create a voice channel for a team, which is just passively open at any time (you could code it as a meeting if you like) with the ability to:
1) Join at any time
2) Crucial, crucial crucial point: Know who is already in there without joining
See discord voice channels. Copy-and-paste that and honestly it would make everyone's lives so much easier. Virtual water cooler spontaneous conversations are the heart of any business
Wilson King commented
I was just talking about how we need this for my company! Just like how Discord is setup!
Jeff Hutto commented
Now that most of our staff has gone remote, I think this would be immensely helpful.
Hugo Salinas commented
I believe this feature would be transformative for teams and remote work.
Group Chats have chatrooms - ability to join and drop at will, chatroom never closes.
Pinging someone for a call is disruptive.
Calls and Scheduled meetings is not how natural conversations in the workplace always start. Often you join a group of people already talking or start a conversation and those interested join. This would give remote workers the ability to see someone hanging out and join them to talk or share ideas. This would remove the conversational friction remote work has injected.
I'm a developer. We have a dev chat where we post issues and questions.
Having the ability to naturally transition to a chatroom during a text conversation and have other devs see that and join if they wish would remove so much friction from conversation and allow us to pop in and out and get questions answered more quickly.
Currently the only solution to this would starting a group call, this would include people not interested in the conversation (so it's not often done) making the barrier of entry to conversation much higher.
Dasker Masker commented
The company I work for is looking for something like this as well. We keep an open development model, welcoming and encouraging teams to discuss their separate projects with each other. We need voice rooms - the alternatives right now are either to setup a reoccurring meeting for all day, or to have a chat and "aggressively" tell others you're online by calling in.
I would also appreciate a privacy respecting alternative to discord for work and private communities.
This would be a great feature to emulate office work and have open workroom or chatrooms where people can freely go in and out.
We are really looking forward for such a feature. Please implement permanent passive voice channels into MS Team, like in Discord.
Here's my 2 cents of additional points:
- If your status is Available (or some other new state), then on your primary client (e.g. Desktop, phone, whatever is being used at the moment), another user can talk to you without needing to push the call button (since that whole handshaking process is the psychological burden)
- If your status is DND or Away, this would be disabled
There would be some fine details to be ironed out about how to dismiss someone who called you and you didn't pickup. Similarly for AFK moments, although it's considered proper form for people to lock their computers in that case.
Great example of a use-case where such voice channels would greatly benefit productivity and team cohesion. https://blog.picnic.nl/rebuilding-the-team-spirit-with-discord-c46102f826fa
Tim Nagels commented
We even had some requests to set up passive Video channels for dispersed teams.
C Pomeroy commented
Very important in this age of work from home. It's a virtual break area or casual conversations that team members can hop in/out of. I would add, this should be voice and video as an option.
Eric Raposo commented
Its key to have the ability to see the users in the channel. Also it would be cool if you could setup your teams status such that anyone could hop in to talk to you (just like when someone walks by your desk). Possibly with a limit of 1 or 2 people, like a personal "desk" channel.
Yes this would be a great feature - I would like to create a virtual 'Kitchen' so you can pop in when you go to make a coffee.
This would replicate the informal conversations we used to have when you bump into somebody in the kitchen IRL.
At the moment we are all siloed into Teams for project or function with no means to just drop in anywhere. Please make this happen, how hard can it be...? :)
Erica Williams commented
My company is looking for something like this. This is the only feature lacking for us and it would be a total game changer.
Adam Thomas commented
Would make setting up meeting faster too, just jump into the passive voice channel. If you wish to be extra about it you could set it up so only those added to it can see/join it or make it open to all in the group/channel.
Really happy to see I'm not the only one looking for a discord-like (or Ventrilo-like if you're really cool :p) voice channel!! This feature would really making working from home feel a lot more like you're in the office (where you can often just talk a little louder and reach someone in the next cubical/office over) and I think would be a Game Changer for the work-from-home atmosphere and collaboration space.
Personally, I would like to see this as an option to enable/disable on a per channel basis so it's a supplementary tool to any current organizations/projects/groups, rather than a separate feature. I suppose a first step could be a separate group chat that you could join, but having the per-channel granularity would be stellar.
Alex Spieslechner commented
especially now a lot of teams miss the casual "watercooler talks". unplanned discussions you can join and leave at any time, for some socializing.
at our corp, we use discord to fill that gap, and we all feel like its a shame that we have to use another software for that. our main communication tool otherwise is teams.
+1 Yes, otherwise I have to maintain separate discord channel plus MS Teams
Since my Team shifted to remote work back in March 2019 - we have been scheduling a recurring meeting every morning called "Lobby". It works, and I keep it pinned to the top of my chat pane, but the Meeting interface lacks many of the features you get in a Teams channel.
Having a dedicated channel and using the "meet now" option has an extra step... and as dumb as it sounds, I think 1) having the extra step adds just enough friction to stop people from "popping" into voice chat like you can with a Discord voice channel and 2) not getting a notification or having visibility from the Teams Activity pane about who is active in the Meet Now also keeps people from utilizing it.
A Discord-style voice channel option would just be more useful for us in our new normal. We have some workarounds for now - but this is a feature I wish the Teams engineering team would seriously consider implementing.