We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
After working with companies that don't use Teams, I'm now working with one that is just getting started and not surprisingly, this issue comes up right away. I think I know why it's such an annoying issue as well. In Teams, if you use chat to talk to someone, the conversation is automatically threaded, with your text messages on the right and text messages from whoever you are chatting with on the left. All text you enter is done in the bottom of the window. Threaded discussions on other sites (GitHub Issues, for example) work this way as well. Compare that experience with Channels in Teams, where it is natural/instinctive to enter the text you want to share with a team in the field on the bottom of the page, and unnatural to use the Reply field to reply on a specific thread, to the point that seasoned/experienced professionals who have worked in the Microsoft stack for years don't get it and need to be told how it was designed to be used (I'm sending that email now). Add to the non-intuitive UX the fact that you can't just drag and drop messages to move them to the appropriate threads in Teams, and this is really, really annoying. I'm happy to see this is being worked on, and very hopeful that you get this worked out properly.
A big +1 from me. It is very hard to get users to keep a threaded conversation intact. I regularly make the mistake myself, and then have to repost a new message as a reply and then delete the new message, hopefully before someone replies to it. The converse never happens -- a reply is always a reply.
I would like to see a more significant separation and/or visual cue in the UI that discourages users from just typing in the large text box at the bottom of the window for everything that they type.
And taking this idea further, personally I would like an option to turn animations of emojis off entirely. They're cute once in your life, and annoying forever afterwards.
Please move the "Saved" functionality to the shortcut bar on the left side, directly beneath activity, and show the number of saved items. If I save something it's because I'm not finished with it and want to come back to it later. Today when I save items, they "disappear", until I click on my profile image and select Saved to view those items. Saved items are important, and I want them front and center at all times. Please move Saved out of the profile menu and into the shortcut menu as shown below, showing how many items are saved so that users can track them and work to get that number reduced over time.
OMG, this is so very needed, I can't believe it's not there already! We use Teams for organization communication. We track issues (bugs, enhancement requests) in GitHub. Not everyone in our org has access to our GitHub repositories, nor do I want them to (they wouldn't use it, it costs/user, etc.). Instead, I'm setting up a bot to facilitate taking conversations from Teams and logging issues with them in GitHub, and when I do I want a link back to the conversation in Teams so that questions can be asked, and people can be notified once issues they reported are fixed.
Please, please add this feature!
This feature request is still be reviewed by the feature team. No additional details are available at this time.
In Teams, it's very easy/common for someone to post something into an inappropriate channel/team, or to "reply" to a thread by starting an entirely new thread just because they typed their reply in the wrong place. Accidents, happen, and Teams needs to allow for this by allowing certain users to move a thread or an entire conversation within Teams to a new location, which can be at the end of another thread (fixing the improper reply issue) or into a different team/channel (when users post something that should be in a different team that maybe they didn't have access to, allowing Teams owners to add them and move the conversation to the right location). To be honest, I can't believe this functionality isn't there already.