This feature request is still being reviewed. The team is working hard to make numerous changes with regards to notifications, but they haven’t forgotten about this item.
I hope to have more details soon.
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This feature item is still in the works. We will keep you posted as we have new info from the feature team.
1. See Who is Online in Teams, in General: SHOW ALWAYS, VISIBLE REGARDLESS OF WHICH PAGE I AM ON. ALLOW ME TO FAVORITE CERTAIN PEOPLE TO PRIORITIZE WHO I SEE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST... SEE THE OLD MICROSOFT MESSENGER, AND SLACK for examples.
2. See Who has Subscribed to / Favorited a Channel: THIS IS IMPORTANT BUT I DONT NEED TO SEE THIS ALL THE TIME... Being able to show / hide this with a single click would be ideal.
I want to see who is ONLINE IN TEAMS IN GENERAL, in all app views, always. Seeing who is part of a channel is also nice, but I don't need to see that all the time. I would prefer to be able to favorite people (or their chats) and have them move to the top of the list, so I can track when they are online all the time. Normally, people work regularly with the same people at any given time, so being able to favorite people in my list is key, and when I am working closely with people, I want to know when they are around, even if they are not at their desk or even in the same geographic location.
Knowing who is present in Teams in general is critical for allowing people to work in remote and diverse locations, yet be just as close in communication as being in the same room.
This is essential, it tears down geographic boundaries and empowers companies to have teams of people working in many different places. It eliminates the need for people to move to be with their team.
I have always worked in companies where I have projects and the likelihood of being in the same location with all of my project teams is next to none.
The first app that really did an amazing job of showing presence in this way was Microsoft Messenger. I loved how I always knew who was online, and in a single click, I could talk to them, even if my company had offices all over the globe. It was also cool how it synchronized with outlook so that their status changed if they were in a meeting.
Slack also does this extremely well and I would argue that this is an essential component that helped make Slack's growth and adoption by companies so rapid.
This feature is still being reviewed by the feature team. No decision has been made yet. I’ll keep you posted.
I don't agree that the having an activity tab and keeping chats and teams as separate tabs is a better solution... There is too much going on there...
You could accomplish the same thing of those 3 tabs in just one tab... Simplify and eliminate redundant or circuitous UI please!
I like the favorites function... but one of the nice things about both slack and hipchat, stacking all chats in a single view is: you can always see who is available, and who has messaged you.
In a single view, you can always see:
1. All conversations
2. The "presence indicators" on people (displayed next to each individual's profile picture)
3. Notification badges (the numerical badge next to the person or channel's picture that indicates how many people are talking to you)
Right now in Teams, when you are messaging in a team, you cannot see who is available, and you cannot see who is talking to you. You have to click on the chats tab to notice that your boss has messaged you 10 times... In my mind, that's the biggest problem, that users don't know who's around, and who's talking to them
In combining teams and chats into a single list, you can still have them clearly separated... See images from Slack, Hipchat, or Skype for examples...
Here's how Slack handles channels / private chats:
Hipchat is similar:
Skype's a little different, but still has all conversations living in one place:
@philip t: this may be a matter of what people are accustomed to... In Slack, you have all chats in a single list, Channels up top (essentially what Teams chats are), and private conversations below. In Skype, likewise you have favorites chats above and other recent chats below. It's simpler having one place where all of your conversations live.
Out of curiosity, what application have you been using that separates team conversations from direct conversations?
True, there are minor differences between the teams chats and direct chats... But in terms of navigation and notifications, knowing where to look for messages, I think it makes more sense to have them in the same list. What I am hearing from colleagues right now is that people find it hard to know when they are being messaged in Teams, and where to look for messages. If I get pinged and there are two different alerts badges for messages, thats confusing imho... This is something those other chat apps do better
Agree... It's too many tabs, and chats and channels are essentially perform the same function, which is talk to some people and collaborate. Forcing the user to check two different lists to see if somebody is messaging them is a really bad experience, it is like having two different chat apps.
I agree that this makes Teams less usable than Slack or Skype for chat.
The ability to turn off emojis is still being worked upon.
Also, there is work to create a compact mode which will also help reduce white space… which in turn will impact some of the complaints are far as wasted space from the emojis as well, that have been voiced in the comments.
Stay tuned for more details.
This item is still on the backlog.
We are still considering this feature for future releases, and will continue to update the status when it changes.
The feature team is still reviewing, there is lots of discussion about this item and I hope to have a decision soon.
We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.
This item is still under review by the feature team. I have no details as to when a decision might happen.