Microsoft Teams enables users to appear offline

Employees can now use the Teams platform without co-worker distractions

Microsoft Teams now includes a new feature that allows people to use the collaboration platform yet stay hidden from their co-workers. 

Teams has made the “Appear offline” toggle available to all users in status choices, which also includes “Available,” “Busy,” and “Away.” Selecting “Appear offline.” This option will allow workers to use the Microsoft Teams platform without others knowing they’re online, allowing them to take a break from communications to focus on their work.

The new status also uses Teams’ status duration feature, which allows users to set their availability for a defined period. When the time period ends, the platform automatically resets the users' status to “Available.”

Co-workers can still send messages to the offline user, the “Appear offline” status should help to minimize the number of messages users receive. While the “Busy” and “Away” options are similar in function, “Appear offline” indicates the user is not on the platform at all, shielding them from co-worker intrusions. Microsoft Teams’ new feature should also help to reduce the number of alerts. 

Many people work remotely today and are using these services for daily communication with the office and co-workers. The “Appear offline” feature can help users dedicate a block of time to tasks that require uninterrupted attention. 

There are downsides to appearing offline, though. Some employers might believe employees are being less productive because they’re offline. Some companies are still not comfortable with remote working in general and struggle with employees who are not in eyesight.

Featured Resources

How to scale your organisation in the cloud

How to overcome common scaling challenges and choose the right scalable cloud service

Download now

The people factor: A critical ingredient for intelligent communications

How to improve communication within your business

Download now

Future of video conferencing

Optimising video conferencing features to achieve business goals

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Recommended

Microsoft targets tab hoarders with new Edge features
web browser

Microsoft targets tab hoarders with new Edge features

5 Mar 2021
CISA orders agencies to fix Microsoft vulnerabilities abused by Chinese hackers
Security

CISA orders agencies to fix Microsoft vulnerabilities abused by Chinese hackers

4 Mar 2021
Microsoft doubles down on zero trust security policies
enterprise security

Microsoft doubles down on zero trust security policies

2 Mar 2021
Microsoft Azure Percept promises to make edge computing a doddle
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure Percept promises to make edge computing a doddle

2 Mar 2021

Most Popular

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach
data breaches

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach

5 Mar 2021
I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to
automation

I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to

5 Mar 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

26 Feb 2021