Last month, Microsoft started rolling out a new feature in Microsoft Teams that allows users to appear offline. When this feature is enabled, your Microsoft Teams client will appear “ offline ” to others and you will still have full access to Teams.
Microsoft is currently working on a new feature that will allow you to define your teams as “Out of the office”. This is one of the highly anticipated features that should have been here from the start and is finally coming to Microsoft Teams after a long delay.
If you want the people who contact you to know more easily that you are in the know and that communication will be delayed for an unknown period of time, setting the Out of Office status is the best solution.
Currently, if you want to enable the Out of Office status in Teams, you need to open your connected Microsoft Outlook (if available) and set up an Out of Office meeting in your calendar.
After the Teams update, which is expected to start rolling out in December, you don’t need to use your Outlook calendar to get away from the office.
When Teams is set to Out of the office, Microsoft Outlook automatically alerts people that you are offline when they try to contact you.
You will be able to activate this feature from the Microsoft Teams profile menu and the status will automatically reflect on all of your devices. The status will be visible when users try to contact via chat or other means and it will remain enabled until the end of the specified period.
Note that colleagues or students can still send messages, but you will not receive the notifications and this will minimize the number of messages received when you are really busy or prefer to work in peace and quiet.
The Office, Busy, Away, or Do Not Disturb statuses have a similar function, but this new status should make it easier for people who contact you to know that meetings will be delayed.