Separate Individual chats from Meeting chats
One of the biggest issues I have with Teams is individual chats getting lost among the meeting chats. Many of the meetings are things we get pulled into that I don't care about to start with. Manually having to hide 5-10 of these a day is tedious. When I'm on the Chat tab, I'd like to see individual chats. When I'm on the Meetings tab, I would expect to see Meeting chats. If nothing else, maybe a dropdown filter to choose which chats to show on the Chat tab would suffice.
Regis McGarry commented
OMG Yes!!!!! This oversight is truly annoying. I have to spend time every week muting all of my meetings so I can actually see the people I want to chat too. Does the MS product team actually use their own product? Or do they secretly use Slack, the gold standard?
Meeting chats are mostly just noise and not relevant outside of the meeting. Getting IMs lost in them is horrible and makes Teams almost unusable as an IM tool
MS still didn’t got why "slack" nails it.
Definitely this. I don't want to have meeting chats mixed up with my IMs. Makes it really difficult to sort out what I actually want to see.
And allow notifications only for individual chats. I get too many darned notifications already.
Chris B. Mwag commented
This is something that, from my experience, confuses lots of my colleagues (roughly 40%) about MS Teams - fundamentally (and often unconsciously), which hinders the transition into MS Teams.
They just feel like they don't understand it - as in they don't intuitively know where to talk about what - so they... don't.
One might say: Get used to it and like it.
But reality is a bit more: Get used to it and work around it - or, actually, somehow live with it.
(I caught myself explaining this "where to find what" challenge to many newbies in the past weeks - sometimes even proactively, because I know what confuses them before they did.)
In my opinion, meetings and their chats actually belong in a separate category - apart form the actual teams and apart from the actual chats.
I could imagine that this non-separation was implemented because there is no space for another category in the smartphone app.
But that wouldn't be a super-good reason - and in my opinion a different solution would really be better.
Please, Microsoft, listen and act; it should not be a fundamental algorithmic challenge.
Oh and did I mention that I kind of speak for a company with tens of thousands of employees using Teams every day (and enjoying the rest of it)?
I fully agree with this comment:
"The activity badge on teams is useless for me as direct chats are swamped by background meeting messages (80% are 'sorry have to drop now'). Please put meeting messages in a different feed and remove from the notification badge in the phone app. Also need better notification of direct chats - it was much easier to see people messaging you directly in skype. In teams it's just buried in the background."
Gustavo Adolfo Lujan Moreno commented
The chat part is the weak point of Teams. Meetings and individual chats should be separated. Skype already had that feature.
The activity badge on teams is useless for me as direct chats are swamped by background meeting messages (80% are 'sorry have to drop now'). Please put meeting messages in a different feed and remove from the notification badge in the phone app. Also need better notification of direct chats - it was much easier to see people messaging you directly in skype. In teams it's just buried in the background.
And, here we are, years later, still looking for this feature...
This would be an excellent feature --- very frustrating to filter through the individual vs meeting chats as it wastes a lot of time.
This would be a great thing. Separation of individual chats from group chats too - i.e. priority to chats were people reach out to just me. Plus maybe to same category also @me from group chats too. So many questions are lost in the huge chatter in group chats.
I'm in a very large corporation with literally hundreds of chats from meetings (whether I actually attended them or not), with 3 or 4 chats from individual people buried among them. I find that to be a significant drawback to Teams.
Ja Mo commented
I agree 100%. Really need a way to see just individual chats without the meeting chats cluttering the view. I see the filter to let me see just the meeting chats. Need the opposite please!!
Steve Hartman commented
Please for the love of all that is good, add SOMETHING like this. Maybe we need to start scheduling meetings with all Microsoft Teams devs and chat at them all day so they finally understand this is a dealbreaker feature. Let me: hide chats in batches, filter out meetings or just put saved meeting/chat notes somewhere else like Outlook's Conversation History section. Even if I have to start a new chat with somebody every day like in Skype, it'd be preferable to nothing. My company is about to force us off of Skype and this is going to kill me.
PS: NO! Pinning is not a workaround as you can only pin an arbitrary 15 conversations at a time. Who in the world using Teams only has to collaborate with 15 or less people?! Not even including group chats that also need pinned!
At the bare, bare minimum being able to *exclude* meeting chats, not just filter *to* meeting chats! Being able to filter just meeting chats means they're already tagged differently; just add an exclude option!
Steve Bennett commented
Completely agree. I would never want to go looking for a chat with a person at the same time as for a chat from a meeting. Simply adding a filter choice would be excellent and easy.
Wholeheartedly agree! Often times the meeting chats are "sorry I need to leave for another meeting" etc. This is why I'm hanging onto Skype Chat as long as possible. It was suggested that I pin the individual chats, which only works for people who have already reached out to me. But for new individuals reaching out to me, they would get lost in the meeting chat. I have so many meetings a day and I would prefer to keep up with my work an individual chats than the sludge through the meeting chats which often are not as urgent.
So desperately need this. There is WAY too much noise in the chat tab. Need 2 tabs for chats: individual chats vs meeting chats.
A design flaw that needs to be resolved. It's too easy to send a message intended for one recipient to a whole group of additional stakeholders.
Larina Swartz commented
How are we supposed to effectively use teams chat without this feature/design flaw fixed? They are removing support for Skype in July 2021. My company is fully moving us to teams chat by May 1. Microsoft needs to serious consider fixing this or extending the support for skype. Teams chat is useless the way it is currently designed.