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  1. Group Chats - Allow users to reply to a comment like in Team Channel chats

    I would like the option to reply to a comment from a private group chat like we can in Team chats. We keep group chats to stay connected but they have no connection to any project in Teams. It would be helpful because we have several people talking at one in the chat and it's so easy to follow along when everyone is moving the thread along.

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  2. Find unsent messages (GCC)

    Add "unsent messages" to Teams filter or other method to find messages not yet sent. How many times do you get busy in Teams and click away from a message in progress and then forget that you didn't finish? 

    2 votes
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  3. Allow admins to create a banner in Teams to display to all users

    We need to message all users that their information in Unclassified and that files should be stored outside of Teams as it is not secure.

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  4. Hide online status from specific people - GCC

    Need the option to stay invisible for specific people or visible for only specific people. There are many use cases for when you may only want to be visible to your supervisor and no one else or your team and no one else. This should only increase productivity which should be a high priority for Teams functionality.

    The following programs already have this functionality. There are probably more.
    Facebook Messenger
    Sametime
    Webex

    1 vote
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  5. Enable Automatic switching of Camera to current speaker in Live Events

    When holding a live event, the video options available for the producer are a single pane, or a large pane with a smaller pane next to it. Whilst these are sufficient for a rigidly scheduled event, it does not work so well if attempting to broadcast a more fluid meeting. The producer spends rather a lot of time having to switch manually between the cameras of those who are talking, especially where a debate is taking place and the next speaker may be anyone in the event.

    An option should be made available to automatically stream the camera of the…

    2 votes
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  6. 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.

    1 vote
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  7. Allow for presenter to see chat and hand raised

    In Teams meetings, the presenter cannot monitor the chat box or the hands raised, which makes presenting really clunky. Inevitably someone needs to monitor the chat box and interrupt the presenter rather than allowing the presenter to handle it when they want.

    3 votes
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  8. GCC Teams Web Connector

    So, we need to be able to allow the creation of the "Web Connector" like we do in the commercial application. That is, if we select a channel and say we wan to make a web connector, we should be able to do so. And then call that web connector with an active card and have it show up in the channel. This is how it works in the commercial deployment and we just want the same thing. If there is AAA that you need to do for GCC/DOD ... fine ... then just let us know what we need…

    2 votes
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  9. GCC

    Change the notification text that posts when a meeting attendee leaves an active meeting. Currently the following posts in chat viewable by all participants: "(Host name) has removed guest from meeting" leaving the impression that the host is actively kicking people out of the meeting. Recommend stating "(guest name) has left the meeting" or similar. The current notification is very problematic and disruptive in a high-tension meeting where the possibility does exist that the host may need to remove an uninvited guest from the meeting. If this is actually the case, the action should not viewable by all.

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  10. Please add a pause recording button in Teams.

    Hello, Please add a pause button to the recording feature. I need to pause when making How-To videos to reset the screen, take a break, etc. I am sharing these instructional videos with colleagues and team members.
    Thank you!

    2 votes
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  11. Grid View in Live Events

    This has been suggested in other channels but wanted to make sure to suggest it here for Government. There needs to be a Large Grid View option for Live Events my users are nixing using Teams Live Event because of this shortfall. The only options are content/video or a combo of Content and small video. Adding a third option for Large Grid View would allow us to pin multiple presenter video to the grid. We could have a debate style conference or a team debate Style.

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  12. Option to turn MS Teams Chat into MS Teams Channel

    I would like to option to turn an MS Teams Chat into an MS Teams Channel. The option is available in "out of box" MS Teams but it is not available within our MS Teams service. Sometimes groups start out as chats in order not to bog down others with a bunch of teams channels. But in some instances the need for an MS Teams Channel created from a MS Team Chat will be necessary. I currently have a chat that needs to be created into a MS Teams channel so that I am not recreating everything within the chat.

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  13. GCC

    Have an ability to change the name of PSTN callers so that large meetings are easier to moderate by easily identifying call in users to unmute, make presenter, etc.

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  14. Create Video Tutorials and/or Instructions On How To Use MS Teams With 3rd Party Organizations/Contractors

    We (a non-government organization) are hosting a Microsoft Teams group video call, trying to deliver a virtual program to a government agency and have run into issues related to the group chat feature; It is not available to all participants/members on the video call. Online troubleshooting resources are limited and complicated. If the government agency has adopted Microsoft Teams across their organization, is there a Microsoft Teams support staff member to assist them with this 3rd party collaboration issue?

    1 vote
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  15. Add Document Set Content Type to SharePoint-Side of Teams - DOD

    With the document set content type available career fields can create solution submission programs, CFETP training catalogs, and Package submission systems for their career field-specific Teams.

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  16. Provide option to rename and delete files on the APP

    Its really inconvenient that the APP doesnt allow you to delete or rename the files you upload and you can ONLY upload one photo at a time if using phone device or iPad. There needs to be the same features that is provided when using the web option especially for school organisations.

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  17. Ability to Set a Master Schedule

    It would be nice if a master schedule could be set, so that it can easily be copied to future weeks. It seems someone is always out, so any given week will not match the official schedule, which increases the chance of importing an error when copying forward.

    3 votes
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  18. Allow Shifts to be pinned to Team or Channel

    Allow Shifts to be pinned to a Team or Channel so a team can easily see the shifts.

    4 votes
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  19. Shifts Manager permissions for someone who is not a Team Owner

    Allow a permission setting that lets users manage a schedule in Shifts without making them an owner of the underlying team. Needed for scheduling larger teams.

    7 votes
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  20. Include feature to display a timer in a Teams meeting for facilitators and presenters

    A timer feature available in Teams meetings to display for all meeting participants would be especially helpful for facilitating large meetings with an agenda of assorted topics and presenters to keep the agenda on track. Suggest the timer is fairly inconspicuous so as not to distract or add pressure to the presenters, but visible if you are looking for it.

    2 votes
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