Flashing Icon in task bar for unread messages
Teams icon pinned in taskbar doesn't blink orange anymore when I receive new messages. I cannot find an option to turn this. Was this removed?
The Teams icon should flash/blink orange whenever a new notification appears and you are not active in the Teams app. Please comment with details if you still aren’t seeing the icon flash and we will investigate. Thanks!
Colleen Parker commented
I've noticed in the past week or so I'm not getting a flash/blink notification for new messages. I'll see that the Teams icon in the system tray changes to a different color, but the task bar no longer flashes. I'm missing chats from others regularly.
When is this new feature implemented? Can I check the version or something to confirm?
When someone pings me on chat in Teams all I get is a red 1 overimposed on the teams icon in the status bar.
Cheryl Gunner commented
My first experience using Teams, and the chat function is woeful. Tragic, even!
All these distracting colours and icons & general screen busyness. (Since when was purple a business-appropriate colour? the only other option is black?) It hurts my eyes.
This is not a work of art, people - It's a communication tool. We want it clean & lean and with good notification that's easy to turn off if you're in a meeting. Simples!
As someone pointed out, I know when I'm in a meeting. I don't need Teams to tell me. But I DO want to know when someone has sent me a msg - LOUD & CLEAR. I am missing more messages than I'd care to mention.
I thought Skype was a downgrade from the beautifully simple and clean Sametime which had heaps of functionality (if you knew how to use it), but Teams Chat is just horrendous even compared to Skype!
Matt Majer commented
Teams chat sucks compared to Skype and other competition. It's archaic and heavy and a fine example of over-engineering.
I agree -- it is cumbersome always having to check to see if you got a message
This is my first time using Teams and it is by far coming in last place... I am missing all msgs and find myself having to check it every so often which defeats the purpose of an IM... let a lone a workplace IM app.
THIS IS ABSOLUTE MUST! The point with messaging is to see that someone trying to tell me something. Teams is horrible for this purpose, skype is way better. I cannot understand why to shut down skype for business and replace with this bad piece of software. Please fix this asap. It's no rocket science, give us just a blinking icon!
No blink here. Windows 7 - Microsoft Teams Version 1.2.00.26774 (64-Bit). Are we talking about the same icon? I mean the one that is in the taskbar and that I pinned there. Not the one in the notification area. The one in the notification area changes the icon.
Timothy Williams commented
I am not seeing the orange notification on Teams 1.2.00.28258 running on macOS 10.14.6
Yitzy Abramowitz commented
It works if someone messages me directly via chat, but I never get any notifications for the Teams portion unless I am actively tagged
The taskbar orange blinking eventually (a minute or two) goes away from orange. It is nice that it flashes for a little bit, but if you're focused on another monitor for a minute or two, or away from the computer you'll miss it entirely.
Jordan M commented
Our helpdesk is full of tickets where staff are complaining that the blinking icon stops after 10 seconds or so and they end up missing messages. This is not acceptable - the blinking must persist until a message is viewed otherwise it can be easily ignored.
Mary Alice Miller commented
Hi, Alex. So I just had a teammate send me a direct message and Teams had the notification in the bottom right and blinked Orange 15 times or so - then went a solid orange.
Then I had another teammate send me a message in our Teams chat (which has additional attendees) but did NOT use the @ symbol to directly chat to me. The notification in the bottom right DID pop up - but - Teams did not stay Orange. So, if I were away from my desk or "In a Meeting" so notification displays don't pop up - I would not have known I had a Teams message until I went into Teams. and then clicked on Teams and saw it BOLD.
Then I had a teammate send me a message in our Teams chat and @name me in it directly. This time a notification display popped up and went it went away the Teams icon blinked orange for a while then went solid orange.
What we need is the ability to specify things that have come and gone with different messenger versions.
1) Show Display Notifications? Yes or No
1a) Transparency of Display (1 to 100 scale)
1b) Preview message in Display Notification (yes or no)
2) Blink Notifications? (Yes or No)
2a) Blink for Teams (None, All Messages, If I'm named @directly)
2c) Ability IN a specific team to "Mute" that team (for 1 hour, 4 hours, today, forever with a separate checkbox of "Unless @directly named)
Blinking and Notifications are separate things and for security / privacy should not be tied together.
Just tested. Here are my settings, and a screenshot of a Red Message Notification. Note the size compared to slace, it is very hard to see at 1080p. Somehow, the Windows Security Center has a better notification area.
I did get a banner notification, but would not have noticed that tiny difference in color on the Teams Taskbar Icon.
Also Pictured is the solid red Away status Icon, which is larger and easier to see (if not as large as Slack still.)
Note that Cisco WebEx Teams (the dim, blurry icon between MS Teams and the Security Center) has nothing for notifications, so at least MS Teams is better then that.
Edit: There is no Flash or Blink to the Taskbar Icon at all.
It should not flash constantly! Sometimes we do not want to click on teams to stop the notification because we don't want to stop what we're doing--that is irritating. It should flash 1-5 times and then take the hint that we don't want to see it right now.
James Saunders commented
YES! please! For old Skype sake
Please, please, please and also need to be able to delete conversations so I have a fresh conversation with people. thank you
Kresten Birkegaard Gregersen commented
"working on it" since juli! How can implementing a blinking icon take more than a week or two?
I miss chat messages all the time! For a communication tool that is a bad thing!
Brian Larkworthy commented
Some type of visual cue that there are new messages in subscribed channels would be helpful. We miss things all the time because there is nothing in the task bar that shows unread messages. A counter, highlighting it, or something would be great.