Enable threading within a chat
Currently you can only thread within a team/channel. you should be able to reply to a 121 chat with threading as well to enable smart managing of conversations.
Kyle S commented
Threads are awful UX as a default. The ideal UX would be:
- All messages are given as a stream of messages... (normal chat)
- On mouse over a reply button is shown (like discord)
- On mouse over a make thread button is shown
- Upon reply
-- a message is sent to chat with a link back to the replied message (like discord)
-- a icon to show the message is part of a thread is shown, instead of "make thread"
- a list of threads can be seen by clicking a "threads" button at the top next to the name of the channel
- In the threaded view, you can create new threads by pressing "new conversation" and typing the initial message
This design is a nice blend of both modes while sticking to normal chat as the default.
One of the worst parts of the threading currently is sorting by most recent reply. If threads are kept as the default, they should sorted by most recent based on the initial message of the thread. Not the most recent reply.
Threaded chat seems more favorable to me than replying to single chat.
Why this feature has not gathered more attention......?
Similar discussions like https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/39353152-reply-to-specific-message-in-chat-on-desktop-app say it is being worked on and might be done this month.
Tony Ingram commented
It's a bit silly that this was suggested back in 2019 and still hasn't been implemented.
Without threads or direct replies it overcrowds the chat.
This feature is highly desireable, as SLACK has it and we're looking at moving to SLACK because there's no thread feature in chat.
Ryan Swarts commented
I prefer chats over threads in a channel sometimes because chats are more informal compared to threads that can feel like posts or emails. But without threads, on a big group chat it can get out of hand. Would love this feature.
Group conversations are becoming unmanageable because of this missing feature. So much so that I'm thinking of getting another application for my team to handle direct conversations.
This works in mobile now, but not on the desktop app which makes chat threading a nightmare. My boss is replying to my messages individually, but I have to break the threads he created because I'm using the desktop app. It's a mess
Yes please! To expand on this, it would be nice to have to option to choose whether you have threaded view or non-threaded view in chat windows.
Serkan Erdur commented
This is the most important missing feature.
Steven Gibbs commented
Please add this!
Meeting and individual chat should be threaded, multiple topics/subjects are discussed and they get confused with more than a couple participants.
chat needs threading!!! at our company we don't have 'channels' for all groups, some smaller groups we only have chats and it's a mess keeping track of everything.
This is available on the mobile app (or at least on the iOS app) so I would think it's coming for desktop/web. People constantly asking 'how did you do that??'. I hope it's coming. It's my biggest pet peeve with Teams.
This along with quoting messages on desktop has got to be the most requested features, they just make day-to-day interactions easier and help you contextualise messages from others.
abuzar hamza commented
Much need to time ... Issue get buried . I miss slack
this is the function I need most right now, there is no way to thread within a personal chat or smaller group chat which causes a lot of problems. I also have never found a way to receive notifications for any of my Team/Channel's so I'm not able to see when a new message comes in. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, all notifications are turned on, nothing has worked.
At our university, we're also very much looking forward to be able to use this feature.
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