I want to access Teams content while able to "appear offline"
This is a feature request regarding the presence capability versus other offline features that want to use Teams while disconnected.
This feature allows
People to do work at off hours without being interrupted.
People to look or retrieve content which has no concept of presence.
For those concerned about abuse of an appear offline feature and enabling presence liars, users can still lie and set any of the current presence states with the same intention.
I can be connected to the network and use Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, etc. and do MY work without worrying about interruptions.
Joshua Stein commented
FYI - based on my testing the option in the hidden menu of Status Indicator / statusIndicatorState:offline only appears to update the status icon in the system tray and taskbar. It does not actually update the status that other users see. It is also likely to get reset after some time.
reasons enough stated previously. EnableAppearOffline is urgently needed, at least as a registry option (like it was for SfB).
This may also be a compliance requirement in companies that operate in countries like Germany, where the online status is being seen as supervision, and where it is required that the employee has a choice.
Kris M commented
I just found out this feature exists in the "hidden" menu. I concur it should be available in the standard menu though.
Hidden menu is 5 left clicks on Teams systray icon followed by a right click to bring up the hidden context menu options. There will Status Indicator / statusIndicatorState:offline menu item. When you choose it the systray status icon will change to a blank circle.
Add me, reasons enough stated previously. EnableAppearOffline is urgently needed, at least as a registry option (like it was for SfB).
Totally agree. What's the purpose of upgrading if you lose functionality like this.
Ed Douglas commented
This was an extremely useful feature in SfB and used it all the time - would benefit again if it was available in Teams. Please make this a configurable feature
Please add. One might be on PTO, at the doctor, in the position of being unavailable to respond. In those cases, appearing off-line is important.
Wendy Sumner commented
agreed. This feature capability is there in SfB Online so why not Teams?
Please add this feature. I used this all the time in Skype for Business
Jim Hursh commented
Yes Please, Loved this in Skype as it means OOH I can work without interruption from others around the globe and even sometimes during the day when I need to concentrate its great to use.
yes please add the appear offline feature in!
Appear Offline feature/status would be appreciated
I use this feature a lot in Skype for Business, it really needs adding to Teams.
Agreed. This is a big request from people at our office.
There is a greater inconvenience by not having an "Appear Offline" status so that one can keep working undisturbed in "Offline" status. Absence of this feature in Corporate networks is a big let down
This would go a long way towards improving adoption of Teams internally by our Executives.
Sue M commented
I'm not in front of Teams at the moment and I don't know if this option has been administrator set. I'd like to see a customizable option added to the standard status area. Now we have Away, Appear Offline, Online or Available, Busy. Can we get one that allows for say, in meeting done in 10, or brb, or out sick? I don't care to be pigeonholed into 4-5 standard status states. Thanks.
Need an easy, fast way to silence incoming messages and appear offline, then come back online.