We are getting more control over our Teams activity feed notifications

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  • Microsoft is continuously adding new features to its collaboration platform.
  • This new addition should help address a common remote working problem.
  • Users will soon have a lot more control over their activity feed notifications.
  • The rollout of the new feature is expected to begin sometime next month.
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Just in case you were wondering if Microsoft is done tinkering with Teams, we would like to inform you that the answer is no, not even close.

The Redmond-based tech giant is currently working on a new feature for its collaboration platform, one that should help address a common remote working problem.

According to the 365 Roadmap, Microsoft Teams will soon allow users to have more control over their activity feed notifications.

We can select which types of alerts we receive

Yes, we know that you are thinking this is going to be one of those projects that stretches out across many years, with insignificant results.

But this new feature is already under development and is set to roll on in preview later this month and go live for all users in December.

It’s a well-known fact that, since the start of the pandemic, plenty has been said about the effects of remote working on both business culture and mental health.

Furthermore, a lot of employees that actually work from home said they feel pressured to make themselves available outside of traditional hours, making it difficult to strike an effective work-life balance.

Meanwhile, others have been buried in a storm of notifications as a result of the switch to digital forms of communication.

And, statistically, this problem is only aggravated by the rising number of third-party integrations for platforms such as Teams.

So, by allowing users to specify which types of alerts they receive, the latest Teams update should help alleviate some of the problems that we are now facing because of the current global situation.

Users will be able to change the type of notification that appears in the activity feed. Right-click on the feed item, and you will be able to turn on/off all reactions and select the apps you would like to get notifications from.

Also, this notification customization will synergize with another feature that’s also under development, which will allow Teams users to switch off notifications during meetings.

As the Roadmap entry suggests, users will be able to turn off notifications during all meetings, or on a per meeting basis.

It’s nice to see that Microsoft is actually aware of the damaging effects of notification storms on both the productivity and wellbeing of employees around the world.

Recently, we’ve been talking about another feature that the tech giant is bringing to Teams, one that will give us the opportunity to share content directly from the taskbar.

What other useful features do you think should be added to Teams? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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