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  1. Delete chat conversation

    I don't want to keep meeting conversation times and history in chats tab. Please create Delete option. This shouldn't be saved at all. keeping conversation history includes highly confidential as well. I see no way it is secured one.

    392 votes

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  2. Need reply to message option in chat

    Especially within a chat group, there needs to be a way to comment on or reply to a particular message within the chat history. This is useful when there are a number of simultaneous conversation threads (similar to how messaging is implemented in a channel), and is a common feature on other communication platforms.

    213 votes

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  3. Ability to archive and file Chat conversations

    I would like to be able to archive chat into a place like Conversations in Outlook like Skype does.

    In the case of Channel Chats, it would be good to be able to attach them to Meeting Notes or archive the chat conversations into a document library.

    We deal with NEPA and contracting and would appreciate that capability.

    90 votes

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  4. Add ability to archive or export private chats and team conversations in a local format such as Word Doc

    Although you may highlight then copy a team conversation manually and paste into Word, there is much to be desired for archiving important conversations in a local format. If an agency has retention set to 3 days, you are out of luck on day 4 and the saved messages vanish. It is crucial for us to be able to archive chats and conversations with the growing reliance on teleworking and remote collaboration.

    87 votes

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  5. pop out chats

    With multiple chats going on at any given time and the inconvenience of jumping within Teams to various ongoing chats or other work, would really appreciate the ability to pop out chat sessions.

    48 votes

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  6. Add capabilities to email using Exchange/Outlook from within Teams

    Let's get a button in the Teams tool bar so we can access (read/write) our Outlook/Exchange email from within Teams.

    31 votes

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  7. Sorting contacts in chat.

    Put contacts listed as available at the top of the contacts list. Add the ability to sort contacts.

    24 votes

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  8. 24 votes

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  9. Chat History function when adding +1 user to an existing one on one chat

    Allow "chat history" function when adding a single user to a pre-established 1:1 chat with another user. Right now I can only add or remove chat history once I already have a group of three or more, not when I add a single user to an existing 1:1 chat with another user.

    21 votes

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  10. Walkie-talkie feature for GCC

    With thousands active government users in law enforcement agencies (GCC) cloud the push-to-talk (PTT) functionality would be a powerful tool that would greatly enhance ability to accomplish tasks set for our frontline users. Please add push-to-talk (PTT) feature to GCC.

    12 votes

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  11. Open to the oldest unread message.

    When there are multiple unread messages and you open Teams it goes to the most recent unread message, and then you have to scroll up to find the oldest unread message and start from there. That’s pretty dumb. Everyone is going to want to start with the first/oldest unread message. The app should open to that.

    12 votes

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  12. Meeting Minutes for Chat

    Now that we’re having more and more meetings in Teams Chat, we’re finding a great fringe benefit: We literally get minutes of those chats for free. We can cut down on having the same conversations multiple times with multiple people just by sharing those minutes. However, copying and pasting is currently finickity, so my idea is to add a feature to support this directly.


    1. Click a button at the start of chat which says “Minute meeting.” When participants enter that chat, they see a banner which says “This meeting is being minuted and will be shared.” A second “Copy Minutes…

    9 votes

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  13. GCC

    Migrate Group Chat into Teams Channel. Create an ability to spin up a Teams Channel from a group chat and preserve the original discussion into the Channel.

    8 votes

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  14. Pin chat

    Ability Pin a chat on the Teams smartphone app.
    This exists in the desktop app but isn’t reflected on the mobile app.

    8 votes

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  15. Chat option sorted by status

    Please allow chat to be organized by status how Skype can be. I need to see who is available on my team to coordinate services, see staff coverage, and for emergencies.

    8 votes

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  16. 7 votes

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  17. reorder contact groups

    I would appreciate the ability to be able to rearrange my contact groups, I do not like the alphabetical order that they are arranged in because I have certain groups that I need to be visible at all times and not at the bottom of the list.

    And while we're at it, I would like these contact groups to stay collapsed if I have them set that way.

    7 votes

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  18. potential ADA/508 violation: emoji animations lack the ability to be disabled, hidden, paused or stopped

    In SfB there was an option to toggle off Emoji animations.

    There is no such feature for the end-user in Teams, nor to stop/pause an emoji's animation cycle.

    This is a potential accessibility violation, as per https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/Understanding/pause-stop-hide.html

    7 votes

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  19. Be able to unhide conversation

    Create option to unhide conversations. What’s the point of saving them if we can’t go back to them? Working in a large company, you don’t know everyone, so when someone new sends you something, have a hard time remembering their name.

    7 votes

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  20. Need permanent and timed statuses - GCC

    There are times when you are working heads down on a project next to your computer so not actually away. In cases like these we should not be forced to check on our computer every 15 min to change status back to green. It causes context switching and prevents deep work. We should be able to force a green status or set custom timers on green.

    6 votes

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