You will soon be able to log in to Teams but appear offline

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Sinziana Mihalache
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you will be able to connect to teams and appear offline

For those of you who are spending precious hours in Microsoft Teams, you’ll be pleased to learn that the app will soon get an important productivity improvement with the addition of two features: Status duration and Offline Status.

At the Ignite 2020 digital conference last week, Microsoft announced that the two long-awaited options will be rolled out in December 2020.

Your online presence status in Teams gets more specific

The two features gathered under the name of Set Presence Status duration will allow users to have full access to Teams while signaling to colleagues that they are temporarily available/unavailable, as the official Roadmap points out.

Actually, these features add to the already available statuses like Available, Busy, Do not disturb, etc.

Teams gets status features

More specifically, you will be able to set a certain status for a duration of 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, as well as for Today, or This week. After the respective duration expires, your status will be reset.

how can i set myself offline in teams

On the other hand, by activating the Appear offline option, you will have full access to Microsoft Teams while keeping your presence hidden.

This feature comes in extremely handy not just for those who don’t want to get interrupted, but also for those who want to access Teams outside of working hours either to get some information or to simply work.

How do you think these statuses will impact your work? Share your opinion with us in the comments section.

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