Create/start a chat for a Contact Group
It would be great if we can create/start a new chat based off a Contact Group. Rather than adding each person individually to a chat, the fact that they are part of a group would be so convenient to just right-click the Contact Group name, say 'Start Chat' and it would initiate a new chat will all members in the group.
This is so no-brainer. I just wasted a ton of time thinking I was short-circuiting the laborious 'add a user' motion, to find out this logical approach doesn't exist.
It's time MS gets serious about this app.
Agree that this would be good functionality to have in the client.
Tim Moxon commented
Get it done guys
Ralf Weitzel commented
Yes, right-clicking on groups to start a chat is to be expected. Wasted a lot of time looking for the functionality, doubting myself.
If such a solution is to be rolled out in Enterprises, people have to get the "core experience" they are used from Skype (not talking about our horrible Skype-for-Business experiment but the consumer version.)
The seamless group-chat functionality might collide with the channel concept at first look, but I see channel more in a organisational area while in my groups the personal network / individually relevant topics are discussed.
Jacob Solliday commented
After you have created a contact group, you should be able to just right click on it and send a message to the group. This just makes sense.
What is the point in a contact group if you can not choose to message the group?
Steve Faunt commented
I agree - I can't see the functionality in contact groups without being able to start a group chat with a few clicks - the current method of adding individuals one by one seems labour intensive.
There are many circumstances where the creation of a Team isn't appropriate but a simple contact group would be perfect for end users to quickly initiate a group chat.
Matthias Bartosik commented
The fact that Chat has tabs for "Recents" and "Contacts" and that the groups in Contacts can not be used to start a Chat is bonkers. You should have a "Chat" option when you open the "..." for a contact group, also the contact groups you have should turn up in the auto-complete when you start a new chat.
Oystein Lund commented
If Teams really are taking over Skype, this is a must
Fully agree. It would even be more useful if these contact groups can be used as well in conversations within a team feed (provided that the people in the contact group are also team members). It would allow tagging only a part of the team (without having to specifically tag every name) in cases where not anyone is concerned by the topic of the conversation.
Came here to post this same thing. In Skype, I can right-click a group name and start a group chat with this people really easily. We need this functionality in Teams.
Also, in Skype I can Ctrl+Click on multiple people form my contacts list and then start a group chat with this people. I can't do this in Teams at all. It's time consuming and annoying to have to start a chat with one person and then manually add all the other people after the fact.