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 a must have! This works great in Discord and will be very useful in Teams to use at work for quick calls.
Mantas Lukosevicius commented
Are there yet really no plugins even ??? found this old forum and hoped for a solution in two years.
Henrik Svensson commented
I agree, this is a must have.
This is the only feature missing for my team right now on Teams. We currently have our remote work divided across Slack, Discord, Clickup and Google. If passive voice channels (like Discord) were implemented I would move us over to Teams in a heartbeat.
Raimund Steger commented
Voting this UP. I suspect one could emulate this with a recurring meeting but it just seems clunky and cumbersome.
I now work remotely as a business analyst and would use a feature like this as a virtual office that users could stop in with small questions. This would greatly reduce the volume of emails I receive while also allowing me to better service my user’s needs. Honestly, as others have stated, this one feature addition would increase the value of Teams in my organization more than anything else.
Completely agree on this. for this "new normal" of working from home, this will work very well and differentiate Teams from other applications.
If I am working on something but still want to be open for questions or discussions with team members, I would love to just hang out in a voice channel. This is the equivalent of walking over to someone's cube and saying, "Whats up", or running into them in the cafe. I cant express how much this informal collaboration has resulted in productive work getting done and how helpful it is to bounce ideas off people in an adhoc setting. Please implement this ASAP.
Sam Auderer commented
Yes, This would be an really great feature for team collaboration. This could really help to get quick feedback without requesting formal VOiP calls and setting meetings. In fact, I have met a ton of people in Discord that have relevance to my career, and often do end up popping into voice channels to "talk shop" quickly about technical functionality of tools, etc.
Even having a "water cooler" channel during this Covid (and probably mostly permanent) work from home era would be a big boost for employee culture and morale.
Jey Hicks commented
Totally agree. My current team try to replicate this by always having a call running for one of the chat windows. But this is annoying as you can't see who is in there before you join, and if people leave you end up having to call everyone again, thus disturbing people.
Nicolas Girot commented
Having this feature would be very usefull. As software company we have many team needing to collaborate together.
With remote working it's hard to always ask people to join a specific meeting for sometimes just a quick question like you can do when you are physically in the same building.
Having channels give the opportunity to reproduce this "feeling". You join the channel of a specific team when it's needed. People go in there team channel the morning like they join there office in non remote work context.
Since my Team went remote in March, we sort of replicated this by having a recurring meeting m-f during business hours - and the chat is widely used.
Its usable - but you lose a lot of functionality you get in a channel - and if someone doesn't start the meeting people sometimes won't join.
What we really want is something like the Discord audio channel. I think people would be shocked at how useful it is to have many-to-many voice chat outside of a meeting.
Stefan Riede commented
I also found collaboration quality via discord/teamspeak/ventrilo winning over skype/teams when working with fellow students at uni. The big advantage of this concept I see, is that you are not interrupted by people calling, since they just join your channel. If you're there you just unmute. Easy peasy.
Also an avid games and was looking for this function in Teams. We are seeking additional tools to assist our employees with connecting.
I think this feature isn't highly voted because most people have never used discord. I think it should be highly considered. During Covid19 It seems like most of the day my coworkers are all in different slack calls and it is very difficult to ask a 2 minute question. I think if there was room functionality like discord I could jump into a room where two people are working ask a question and leave without the overhead of scheduling a meeting and everyone dialing in.
I think this feature would replace some recurring meetings like stand ups. Everyone will know to join the channel at a certain time in the morning.
This feature is so obviously a game-changer for fully remote companies. Already my office is begging to let us use discord instead of Teams just for this one feature. Its only a matter of time before we get enough people to switch off Teams. Please add this ASAP, it can't be that much extra work.
With offices closed due to Covid19, dedicated voice channels would be extremely helpful in impromptu collaboration.
Completely agree this is a critical feature I would like to see implemented. I cannot use Discord on my work hardware.