Sending private messages to your friends (or enemies) in the office with Microsoft Teams will soon be more straightforward thanks to a new update.
The video conferencing service adds a feature that allows users to send in-meeting notifications to a specific person while on a call, allowing you to answer or reply in a private way.
The new Targeted Meeting Notifications tool will use a bot to make sure your message stays (relatively) secret, delivered only to the expected recipient.
Microsoft Teams notifications
Its entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (Opens in a new tab)The company isn’t going into a lot of detail on how the feature will work, but it seems likely that it will work as a separate option during a meeting or on a call, allowing the user to interact directly with one other participant.
The feature is still listed as “under development,” but it has a general availability date scheduled for February 2023, which means users won’t be waiting too long to try it out.
When released, Microsoft says the feature will be available to Teams users on both desktop and mobile platforms, with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS all included.
The release is the latest in a series of updates for Microsoft Teams as the company looks to make its platform more personal and attractive to users everywhere.
Recently, he announced a fix that will allow users to track full chat threads after clicking search message results, which means that when users click on a search result for a Teams message, they are taken to a view containing the full thread containing the desired message, rather than just one line of text.
But on the flip side of the latest new addition, the platform has also launched a feature that will allow chat participants to mention everyone in the group at once.
Similar to how users can currently “@mention” a specific person in a chat, Microsoft Teams users will now be able to have the option to @mention everyone. Doing so will mean that everyone involved in the chat will receive a notification, which means everyone will get an alert, but it also leads to a potentially deafening cacophony of sounds and alerts on devices around your desk.