Last month, Microsoft started rolling out a new feature to
Microsoft Teams that allows users to appear offline. When
this feature is activated, your Microsoft Teams client will
appear ‘offline’ to others and you’ll still have full access to
Microsoft is now working a new feature that will allow you to
set your Teams as “Out of Office”. This is one of the
much-anticipated features which should have been there from the
beginning and it’s finally coming to Microsoft Teams after a
If you want to make it easier on those contacting you to know
that you’re aware and communication will be delayed for an
unknown period of time, setting Out of Office status is the
best way to go.
Currently, if you want to enable ‘Out of Office’ status in
Teams, you need to open your connected Microsoft Outlook (if
available) and configure an Out of Office meeting in your
After the Teams update, which is set to begin rolling out in
December, you don’t have to use your Outlook Calendar to appear
away from the office.
When Teams is set to Out of Office, Microsoft Outlook will
automatically notify people that you’re offline when they try
to contact you.
You’ll be able to enable this feature from Microsoft Teams’
profile menu and the status will automatically reflect across
all your devices. The status will be visible when users try to
reach out via chat or other mediums and it will remain on until
the end of your specified period.
Note that co-workers or students can still send messages, but
you won’t get the notifications and it will minimize the number
of messages received when you’re actually busy or you prefer to
work in quiet and peace.
Office, Busy, Away or Do not Disturb statuses serve a
similar function, but this new status should make it easier on
those contacting you to know meetings will be delayed.