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.
Agreed on the private chat ability in a shared meeting setting.
Here’s a use case: We’re in a meeting with 40 folks sharing a video. We want the ability to comment on the video in a shared experience but the presenter sharing the video will also see an banner of all chats which is more disruptive and less engaging. It takes away from the interaction because now folks do not want to disturb the shared projection with their chats.
I would like the chat to be its own stream separate from the main shared content.
I also want the ability to privately chat with individuals in large meetings.
I would like Microsoft to envision Teams with a larger use case.
Praveenraj Naveen commented
Its annoying that when someone accidentally types in a meeting chat, by mistaking it for individual chat.
Mo Yousef commented
yes please add this filter. it is so confusing as each call becomes a convo that dies slowly and just push down more important convos
I agree. I only want meeting chats during the meeting and if for some reason I want to view them again I can go to the meeting invite and view the chat for that meeting. No need to have this clutter up my chat window.
Please get this feature, much much required.
Darrell Davis commented
A simple solution would be to make a separate "section" within the chat tab - like pinned chats - that will have all of the meeting chats in it. That would make them separate from recent personal chats.
Or the "Conversations" filter (exclude meetings) that C.R. has mocked up in his comment below (I really like that one!).
Saravana Kumar Sundarraj commented
Much needed feature! Need it more today with increased virtual meetings due to remote working.
I agree with moving the meeting chats into the meetings tab. Maybe even sub tab. Also, there is a to close the meeting chat after the meeting is over. So they don't become extra communication channels.
I have attached a dead-simple mockup that solves this problem easily.
PLEASE. Pinning Favorite people isn't a viable solution to this -- I chat with more people than just my favorites, and need to be able to recall those chats quickly. If we separate out the meeting chats into their own subgroup (which can PLEASE be minimized & hidden, since only 1 out of 50 meetings has useful chat that I need to access later), then I would be able to see important, recent conversations without them getting lost in the 5 meetings I attend every day!
I should note you've got a solution for this already, but it's upside down. I can filter OUT my personal chats, and view only Meeting chats, but not the other way around. What the heck are you thinking?! Just add the ability to filter chats to ONLY individuals! Why is this not already part of the search / filter? C'mon.
Completely agree! Every meeting these days is a TEAMs meeting, and even if there isn't an actual chat going on, the meeting's "chat" shows up in the already way too long Chat list.
It would be great to not only separate meeting chats from regular chats, but it would be great to group related meeting chats (meetings that weren't recurring, but are the same subject).
And how about being able to hide chats and find them by creating a "Hidden Chats" folder/filter?
Cody S. commented
I agree 100% with this. Another tab or filter would make this so much easier to manage. Folks in my organization have taken to using recurring meeting chats as a place to converse frequently and it has made finding my 1:1 chats increasingly difficult to find and continue.
Oblio Leitch commented
Perhaps we should rephrase this: I need to be able to better manage chats that come from past meetings, whether we've left the meeting or not, and chats that we've had directly with other individuals. We need to be able to remove, archive, sort and search these past conversations.
Carol Bordignon commented
Maybe a way to select your preferred filters that get remembered; Private, Group, Meetings.
Nick Balestrino commented
It would be great if meeting chats were in a separate collapsable group: Pinned, Recent, Meeting
Roadmap 57292 is now in progress. I received an announcement today to expect by end of May 2020.
We have yet to roll out Teams across our company and this is one of the reasons. Skype is heavily used for two functions, instant messaging and web conferencing, and they don't get in each others way. In Teams if you are working in a Team or a document and you get a Chat message; you have to leave what you are doing and go to the chat.
This is the biggest design flaw in Teams. I absolutely hate the clutter of meetings and chats. I get the design idea but its not implemented well. It is very frustrating and a time waster to look for private or group chats that are not meetings. Filter does not allow us to just see private or group chats. We can only filter on keywords or meetings. Not Good. As a result, we continue to use Skype for private chats and Teams is a glorified WebEx. Albeit much better than WebEx.
Colleen Lueken commented
This is critical. It is not necessary to keep meeting chats in the general chat left hand sidebar. At least weekly, someone will post a message in a meeting chat that is meant to be a direct message with the last person who posted something in it. For example, we may have an all-hands meeting where a few notes were shared in the chat, then a few days later, someone messages the entire company asking of so-and-so is ready for lunch. If this is happening at our company it must be happening elsewhere. It's a bad UI.
Shirin Zohdi commented
I agree. this would be very helpful