Reply to specific message in chat on desktop app
Having the ability to reply to specific messages in a chat on the desktop app. This is available on mobile today.
Thank you for your patience. We are thrilled to that replying to a chat message in the desktop client is now available as part of our Public Preview. It is expected to roll out to the public ring over the next several weeks.
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Katie Davis commented
A feature similar to Skype where you can copy a message and paste it which shows the date/time and author is very much needed when in a group chat.
Ron Freeman commented
Our team is using threaded discussions properly, but sometimes I want to respond to a specific message higher up in the thread -- not at the bottom of the thread.
This would also suggest the need for deeper hierarchy of threads. Each reply should be offset within a thread (and there should be replies to replies to replies, etc.) and you should be able to collapse these hierarchies for ease of reading and viewing.
As a workaround currently I have to take a screenshot and copy and paste the specific image and comment the image as a response to an specific chat.
Randy Chapman commented
I would like the ability to reply to a specific comment within a thread. Especially now with Guest access and Team sizes sure to grow and expand.
I was in a "Conversation" with several people the other day and the problem was that people kept starting new threads rather than replying to the thread. This was because the threads themselves were quite long, and the only reply button was way, way down, past dozens of other comments by several people.
Sometimes you just want to reply to one specific message/comment in a thread rather than at the end of the thread to answer one question or comment on something in-line with the conversation.
This is especially important when dipping in and out of conversations or moving between threads and now between Teams tenants/accounts.
Yes. One more building block for an actual professional / business tool.
Great suggestion. Let's not intentionally loose context but create a proper hierarchy.
totally agree with the above suggestions
Also, there is a duplicate of this suggestion
I was very surprised, when hadn't found this feature. It would save me and my team some time, so I can reply to old important message and my colleague doesn't need to look for it.
Agree with the above comment. We cant reply to specific message in private chat.
"Would be useful to have this feature similar to Skype: quote with author name and timestamp when Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V."
Christopher Wilson commented
We could do with this. The same group of people might have several parallel conversations but we can only have a single thread between them.
Alysson Ferreira commented
On a private chat conversation with someone else, sometimes we have many messages.
It would be nice to reply to specific messages so that is clear the context of our response.
@Dace : You can upload an image in a reply
+1 for something like skype (but which works consistently).
Be nice to copy a chunk of text or click a button to copy the whole message, then when pasting displays the message, time stamp and user.
A feature like the Slack "Sharing & Quoting" would be useful. The ability to quote within a channel is necessary to bring an old message back to the forefront. In Slack this functionality also covers sharing messages between channels. Definitely much needed in Teams
Berney Villers commented
There is significant need for an easy way to quote messages.
Teams conversations work well for two person conversations, but in a typical multi-person conversation, Teams falls on it's head because there is no reasonable or valid way to reply to a message that isn't the most recent message in the conversation.
Suppose this simple scenario:
I say: We should write an app
You say: I think it shold be a Universal app
John Doe says: I think it should print Hello World on the screen
Now I wish to reply to your comment about the app we're writing being a Universal app. So I try the logical things:
-Look for a quote button - NOPE
-Left click message to see if additional buttons appear - NOPE
-Right-Click the message to copy it to clipboard - NOPE
-Double-click text of message to see if it selects msg text - NOPE
-Try to select your msg text with mouse - QUIRKY AT BEST
At this point I'm out of ideas, 3 other people have since chimed into the conversation so I need to read that to see if someone already said what I was going to say. It turns out they didn't but your message that I'm STILL trying to respond to has scrolled off the page so now I have to go look for it because I was unable to respond efficiently with the functionality provided.
Ultimately, with great agitation, I have to manually type out something to you like: @You With regard to your suggestion about the app being a Universal App, I think...blah blah blah. Then I go back to try to catch up on the remainder of the conversation and repeat the cycle of agitation, all the while cursing Microsoft under my breath and wondering what the heck it is that you guys use to communicate internally, because it surely can't be this Teams tool or someone would have recognized this significant shortcoming and corrected it long ago.
Brian MacDonald commented
Put another way please support multi-threading or thread branches in a conversation
Sergei B commented
Would be useful to have this feature similar to Skype: quote with author name and timestamp when Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V.
Threaded conversations in chats would also lay the foundation for a feature to MOVE a chat thread into a channel