We are working on a better experience in Teams when a user is not connected to the internet. No timeline to share at this point, but we will keep you posted.
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Reiterating my email to Mary Sun dated 12 April 2017, to which I haven't gotten any reply:
A. Teams thinks of "offline mode" as how the app works when there is no, slow or unreliable internet (for example, when flying with Gogo or on public transit Wifi). Is this what you think of when you say offline?
=> yes, exactly.
B. When is it useful to have offline support? For example, do you expect to use offline mode when you're traveling, passing through areas with spotty connection, in government-secured areas, etc? The more detail the better!
=> all of the above, but specifically (listed in no particular order):
• At temporary working places (clients) where we don’t have network access due to lack of Wifi and mobile coverage
• We travel a lot from/to clients via train. Many high speed trains are Wifi enabled [in Germany], but the coverage may be very spotty depending on the route
• In Airplanes (we have clients in India and the USA, so long plane rides that could be used productively happen regularly)
C. From the following list, which 3-5 features would be most helpful to have offline? Feel free to add in your own features if there’s anything I missed!
1) Reading existing content: chats & team/channel conversations
=> TOP FEATURE: e.g. being able to catch up on activity that happened while online, but in the background (while not viewing the Teams app) or just going back in the chat log to help recall conversation details.
2) Reading existing content: activity/notification feed
=> less important, but I guess having 1) would act as an enabler to this anyway?
3) Reading existing content: meetings
=> Does this refer to meeting notes in the “Notes” tab of a channel?
In that case, VERY valuable but not high priority, as you can use OneNote-based sync to read and even edit notes while offline.
It would be neat if Teams could identify whether the notes are synchronized via OneNote app and then either tap into that from the Teams app or just launch OneNote when offline
4) Viewing and downloading existing files
=> TOP FEATURE – very valuable and something we’d use a lot (coming from an entirely file-server based working environment!)
However: this can already be achieved by going to the SharePoint site and synchronizing the document library from there.
This also means: It would be nice if whatever file-based offline capability would also use SharePoint/OneDrive based sync and NOT sync files twice (once via OneDrive and once via Teams) but rather coordinate between groove.exe/onedrive.exe/Teams whether there already is a synced document library and tap into that or delegate the necessary sync to OneDrive, if not.
Sidenote: Our project directories are several GB in size, so syncing something twice could actually break our laptops disk space-wise.
Sidenote 2: from that perspective, it would be awesome if partial document libraries could be made available offline (inspired by the iOS OneDrive app, but extending functionality to be able to make whole directories sync offline, not just individual files)
5) Searching existing chats, conversations, and files
=> That would be great, but slightly less important than 1) being able to access them at all.
6) Ability to draft or start/send chat and conversation replies that recipients receive when you're back online
=> TOP FEATURE: this would be amazing. Less important than just read-only access (again, 1)), but this would be the highly appreciated next step.
7) Uploading files and making file edits that others can see when you're back online
=> TOP FEATURE – but again, not very urgent as there is the very doable workaround of OneDrive/SharePoint-based offline sync. All comments in 4) apply.
8) Setting "I'm offline" statuses others can see until you're back online
=> More of a cosmetic nice to have. I think there is a UserVoice ticket out there that refers to status syncing with Skype for Business, that might take care of this as Skype for Business always shows when people are offline.
Other than just status, an extension to this use case would be some autoreply capability that answered “I’m offline” in chats or when people are tagged in chats/channels, to let the message sender know that they shouldn’t expect an immediate reply. BONUS: integrate Outlook out-of-office notifications and reply with them, if the recipient is actually away for longer.
9) Seeing an organized summary of the notifications/activity you missed when you're back online
=> Not a top feature, but certainly a very cool addition to addition to 1), 2), 3), 5).
10) Interacting with in-app bots (without Internet!) to get help with things like using Teams, playing games, setting reminders, and retrieving travel information
=> we don’t use bots (not possible in many project contexts where NDAs and other, sometimes very specific, confidentiality agreements have been signed). I can see the appeal, but we don’t have a use case.
This feature request is still working its way through the backlog queue.
This is working today in the web client on Edge & Chrome. The team is actively investigating feasibility in the desktop client.
I’m switching the status to Partially Done.
The request for a Preview Team is still in the works. No new information is available at this time.
Team Discoverability is still being worked upon, no details are available at this time. If you support this idea please navigate over to the main topic and vote for it! https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/
Change Prompt: this has been completed
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.
It looks like some people in the thread below have figured it out — we actually have this. You can start a chat both ways; the system will automatically recognize if this person is on Skype for Business or on Teams.
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.
We are working on a design with more density in mind. Until this design is solidified we are putting this item back to Under Review.