Better visibility for custom Status Message
The new status message feature is great, but it lacks visibility to other users. It would be much more useful to make it visible in the chat area user list, rather than having to hover over a user to find it in the drop down. It would also be great to have it anywhere you can see user presence.
I really miss this functionality with Skype.
We used the 2-line Contacts view in Skype, which showed the each Contact's custom status message on the 2nd line. So all we needed to do is scroll up and down throughout the list to quickly see all of them. Now, in the Teams desktop app, we have to hover (and wait) over each Contact's icon to view his or her status message. And I don't see a way to view a Contact's status message AT ALL on the Android app.
It's nice that it's relatively easy to change your own status message, but frustrating and disappointing that they are so hard to view others' status messages.
With Skype gone, now it's more difficult to see what my team is up to in Teams.
We are about to go to teams from Skype
Not having this feature will hinder my productivity
No idea why they didn't transfer this functionality from Skype...
Rasmus J. commented
It's insane that this isn't in the system at default. We use this all the time, especially now that some are working from home and others aren't. We use this to let people know our working status and this is a huge hit compared to skype for business! This should be Implemented ASAP!
I can't believe this feature doesn't exist. Our staff used to use Skype and they had this feature and loved it. They could set their status to say "out to lunch be back at 1:00pm" or "teleworking today" or "reach me on my cell". I simply can not see "at a glance" scrolling through my staff members what their custom status is. PLEASE FIX THIS!!
LeeAnna Goodman commented
This would be a great feature, knowing what your team member is doing in an instant would be nice and helpful during the workday!
Mel Linnemeyer commented
The lack of this is a big concern for us, too. Quick visibility is imperative to our efficiencies and production for many companies using Teams for business use; especially the larger ones, I'd think.
Ken R commented
Would like to see this capability in the Apple IOS app as well as the desktop.
Narily Noon commented
We def need this!
Kinetha Delgado commented
I completely agree! If the status could stay visible that would be great!
It should REPLACE the default presence message,. The presence icon could remain the same.
Matthew Del Rocco commented
It's really useful (and fun frankly) to scan through everyone's statuses. Would love to have this Skype/Lync feature in Teams!
I echo the same thoughts as other on this thread - having to hover over each person's icon diminishes usefulness of the status message and is much less likely to be seen. DIsplaying them directly in the contacts list as in Skype for Business would help a lot.
If a person doesn't wish to view such messages in their contact list, provide an option for them to only show on hover, but otherwise display by default.
It will be very useful to have complete status message displayed in Teams, similar to 'Skype for Business'. Thanks.
skype had this functionality why would teams have less though
Yeah I use this to update the team on if I'm running out for a few minutes, and I like to do that so I don't have to message them giving them an unnecessary alert if they don't need me. Even if the my user icon status indicator changed enough to clue them in that there IS a note there, that would be a start.
Chris Anglehart commented
Really really need this!!!!
Jordon Wiebe commented
Agree! Nobody, including myself, will remember to hover over each individuals contact card to view their status. Please make it easily viewable without any specific actions, the way Skype for Business does it is a good example.
We really do need this. It is helpful to know if team members are working from home or if they are in the office.
Slack is a prime example of how status message can convey a lot of contextual information with more visibility without being intrusive. Of course, even a basic old school AIM approach would provide more visibility. I love that I can see when some one is in a meeting so I can be sure to tailor my communication to fit the situation, but it looks the same as any standard busy or unavailable status.