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appear offline

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.

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  • Ritesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would go a long way towards improving adoption of Teams internally by our Executives.

  • Sue M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Ko commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Need an easy, fast way to silence incoming messages and appear offline, then come back online.

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