Make "Follow this channel" the default setting.
Usual Microsoft lack of UI intuition.
Channels should be followed by default with the user unfollowing it if they wish.
Thank you for the feedback. Changing the default setting is under review by the feature team, and your feedback is very useful as they are evaluating.
Paweł Dymek commented
Please, change that.
Every time when I create new channel for people, I need to remind them to turn on notifications on that channel, because if I don't the never see my posts and that stuff is seriously hindering our workflow
Notify should certainly be the default as so many people are missing important information within a team - could even be a setting on the team/channel to set the default for all team members
Landon Luesing commented
This is a long time to decide on and change something simple like the default channel notification settings. Most other pieces of Microsoft software are "full open" by default and you tailor them back to meet your needs. Other pieces of Teams are this way, like: the default position around Team/O365 group creation, Team/channel member settings, app/bot add-ins, etc. Why not this one piece? We are getting a lot of feedback from our users as well that having to manually enable notifications in new channels seems very backwards and not intuitive.
Kelly Wright commented
Please add this Yesterday! There are no fewer than a dozen other similar suggestions on this site each with dozens of votes to add this feature. I'm amazed channel notifications haven't been on by default. So much frustration can be avoided by changing this. Please!
How am I able to convince my team members to transition over from Slack when this still isn't supported? People are complaining about not seeing messages all the time!
How is this still not a thing yet?
How are we meant to migrate users who are not tech-savvy to Teams when the default behaviour is that they do not see any of the notifications for new channels they are added to?
This should be enabled / followed by default, with 'opt-out' to mute notifications per channel. Just like, you know, every other successful collaboration and messaging app..Slack, WhatsApp, etc..
2017 called and is amazed that this is still not enabled by default.
Jim Rice commented
Agreed! Owners of a Team should have the option to set Team Notifications on by default for team members. In addition, it should also be an option to allow only Team owners to post to a group. This way we can use the group to send quick notifications without spamming everyone's email!
Mark Conrad commented
Agree 100% they should be on by default or settable by the Team owner. We just rolled out teams and tried to foster some collaboration, and it's falling flat because users aren't participating.
John Karben commented
Add user global channel preference. On/off/custom
This is an absolute must, and I can't believe it has been under review for 2.5 years so far!
We're moving from Slack to Teams and this is a must-have feature -- on Slack by defualt if you're in the channel you get notifications, which makes announcements and broadcasts visible to everyone. Asking our whole staff to go turn on notifications is unreasonable; at least make auto-on or forced-on notifications a powershell or admin-configurable knob!
Please add this! With COVID-19 work from home for the entire organization we need to utilize teams more and more for communication and projects etc. No one receives notifications and will be bothered to update it for every channel they want. Some channels admins need to force all users to see updates.
This is absolutely imperative - especially during the work-from-home situation that COVID-19 has forced us all into!
Linda A Dobinson commented
This is an absolute must - please get this done more quickly. We are trying to use teams as a daily method of communication, but that doesn't work if every user has to turn on notifications on every channel. Enable administrator control of this ASAP please.
Sheri Campbell commented
Let me add my voice to this. I'd rather have notifications enabled as the default setting for users. They can then choose to unfollow. I'm going to encourage people to follow and then consider whether or not they want the Banner option. It's the "pop-up" that can be distracting.
F. Scott Fein commented
A must. Teams is an amazing tool that is revolutionizing the manner in which we engage each other. On issue is we are deaf as no one knows when we are talking unless we enable alerts for each channel. #LoveTeams
Steven Monestel commented
Notifications should be ON be default and they can turn it off if they want . Channels are useless if people don't have any way to notice new message was posted. Existing alternatives are not practical ( Asking users to manually tag people for new post every time, ask users to manually monitor channels or change notifications settings). This is causing huge adoption problems in my organization
Jared Pittman commented
Greatly needed, most of our org is using manual chat right now due to the notifications being set up "correctly" by default. Makes it very difficult to promote using their dedicated Team when they have to go out of their way to see that people are talking to them.
We have processes ensure that new staff are added to a given team, but since all activity is currently occurring in informal/manual chats this entire workflow is being bypassed by our end users for convenience. We're battling this through recurring training right now, but we honestly shouldn't have to be.
Notify should be the default.