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.
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.
Erik Bussey commented
Same boat here. Looking for creative ways to have team interaction with everyone working from different locations. Even just a channel where people on lunch can go to talk with each other would be huge for "Teams" building.
Allan Ross commented
Two years since this was suggested and still not implemented, even as an add-on app? Seems like quite a major service hole. As other have said, COVID-19 has exploded the need for good support for distributed teams. Seems like an easy win. No need to re-invent the wheel.
Used Discord the past days for communication with my Team and I have to say: Yes: This feature is missing.
Our team is also searching for such kind of feature. Would leverage home office worker`s communication to next level.
Aaron Rickle commented
We could use something like this as well. We might just setup Discord for our small team. It sounds like Walkie Talkie might be this--a group of people always accessible via the walkie-talkie functionality.
It would be nice if someone from Microsoft could confirm that that new feature could serve this purpose. I'm sure the feature won't be ready until this fall at the earliest unfortunately, with how slow they are to roll out newly announced features (why they even bother announcing so early I don't know).
Fredrik Wolbe commented
The Covid-19 situation shows the importance of connecting virtually and informally, similar to taking a break by the water cooler. I like this functionality in Discord.
I agree this would be a great option for a virtual office. This would enable employees to easily jump into a channel and discuss topics with other employees who a remote working who are available in the channel.
This is exactly what we need as well! This would be such a great feature, and would a be "virtual office".
Sean Huggans commented
I'd like to represent this as not just for gaming. This would be useful for war-room scenarios, or even engineering teams to sit in voice chat together all day instead of having to send out meetings, etc. to do so.
For this to work, you'd likely need to add push to talk functionality while in voice channels.
The way discord works is honestly perfect, and teams has everything that discord has except for voice channels. This is highly needed.
Aidan Wick commented
Found the Discord user haha.
I tweeted this earlier. Thank you for the submission, this needs a ton of votes. Example is discord voice chat rooms, where you can drop in, set permissions, limit participants, etc. fantastic idea for work as well. (i'm an avid gamer too :))
Joey Weems commented
I would love to see this happen. I know the critic would say, start a call with someone via Skype but that is not the same as a "Common Voice Area". Having the ability to create Voice Channels (exactly like Discord) would be a great way of encouraging collaboration across teams in diverse locations.
I would settle for the integration within Skype for Business directly (create Voice Groups or something that can be found in the Address Book) but it does make a lot of sense within Teams since there is already an access based structure in place.
Agreed. This is a definite win for remote teams/employees as a way to simulate the interaction of "just drop by my desk for a quick chat". In order to talk to someone now, you have to call them (and most people ask first) which lacks the organic feeling of spontaneous conversation.