Make search return messages in context of the conversation again!
This used to be a feature, but now you've removed it?
If I want to find a conversation I had with someone 6 months ago, my only option is to scroll up, wait for messages to load, scroll up some more, wait some more and so on until I finally reach that part of the conversation timeline.
Search used to return messages that, when clicked on, took me to the place on the timeline where we had the discussion I'm looking for. Now clicking on the message only shows the message in isolation with no way of seeing it in context.
You took a useful, normal feature and stripped it away. I can't begin to fathom why.
I also find the current functionality useless. This is an app to facilitate conversations. Without context, a single search result is almost always not what you're actually looking for. You can't search for the actual bit you're interested in because the context of the conversation is already framed at the start of it in a different comment. Please fix this.
Matthew Squicciarini commented
Please, please fix this!
need this immediately
This has to be a bug basically makes search useless - please fix!
Not usable if the context is not shown. Scrolling up is painfully slow too, so that is not an option unless you need to find "business critical" information. Then you scroll and hope you don't get interrupted by a new chat message, or need to go to another tab in teams, because then you can start over again.
Search is borderline useless until we have ability to see context.
Steven Hibble commented
Anton's description matches my experience. When searching for a message in cache, the messages before and after are displayed (i.e. I get context around the message). When searching for a message out of cache, only the found message is displayed (i.e. the context is missing).
Currently (for me) the context (messages before and after) are visible only when using the Desktop Application. But web-based Teams only shows the found message itself. Behaviour should be the same in all environments.
Following up on this, search is worthless without the context. Gotta love how Microsoft is touting millions of users yet the only reason this is the case is because they force it to run/install in every user profile.
Why would you ONLY show the result of a search and not the context of the messages around it? How does this make any sense?
Anton, I'm sorry but that's a really terrible way to use search and I don't think its a bug. I think its an oversight as to how search actually worked. This entire application just feels so half baked. They want to be taken seriously and say they're better than Slack but simple things like this make it so hard to want to recommend to people to actually USE daily. Sometimes I need to search for messages that are months back. The problem with Teams is that loading any kind of historical messages (even ones from yesterday) is excruciatingly painful. It takes way too long to load any message that wasnt sent in the last day. So, when you suggest that I do a search and then scroll up to that message from 4 months ago, you can understand how long cumbersome and inefficient that method is, right? This really needs to get fixed but unfortunately these uservoice systems don't really ever push these issue to see the light of day. I'm going to have to find a different application.
Oh, and MS, please stop forcing the installation of Teams across all user profiles. This is borderline (if not) malware behavior
Anton Starostin commented
I have pretty much the same problem and looks like it's just a bug.
I've noticed that if you find a message via search, it's displayed alone. There is no way to see other messages in this discussion that were posted right after the message you were looking for.
However, if you go to this chat and scroll up until you find the message you were looking for, teams will load history to the cache and NOW you will see the context in search result.
In other words the bug is that Teams doesn't attempt to load messages from this discussion from server. It only checks cache entries and this is horrible user experience.
Usually I search for a message to find some details related to some discussion... Not to see my message, get date from it and scroll the chat up until this date.
Hope it will be fixed.