I apologize, there had been come miscommunication with regards to this topic.
The good news is that this item has not been declined! It has actually been approved by the feature team and is now “On the Backlog”.
I’ll keep this thread updated as we move through the development.
-WarrenJohn Dyal commented
Yes, Please. Not "Chat" but a Thread in a Group
stretch goal: When an emails "TO or CC" list is only the team automatically transition the email as a Thread. Send button changes to "Start Thread" button with Email recipients match a TEAM. Copy email with link to reply as email if original email came from outside the team.
84 votesJohn Dyal commented
I Disagree, moving away from Outlook would be preferable. Teams is a much better way to communicate.
The feature team is still reviewing, there is lots of discussion about this item and I hope to have a decision soon.