Windows 10’s Action Center has been available to developers for
some time, but Microsoft Teams has ignored it in favour of its
own notifications solution.
Edge, Skype and other Microsoft products have always used
Windows 10’s built-in solution, but the company’s
fastest-growing collocation tool ‘Teams’ has never used the
feature for unknown reasons.
It seems Microsoft has realized that Windows 10 Action Center
or macOS notification center is the best way to deliver
notifications to users, and has finally started rolling out a
new experimental feature in Teams preview.
In the latest preview builds, Microsoft Teams is finally able
to push notifications to users through Windows 10 or macOS
native solution. On Windows 10, Microsoft Teams new
notification certainly improves the user experience.
This means Microsoft Teams push notifications will no longer
pop-up over games or fullscreen videos if you use Windows 10
quiet hours feature.
It also makes Microsoft Teams notification cohere with the rest
of the operating system’s design and features. For
example, you can now use the Focus Assist feature to suspend
notifications for Teams and other products at the same time.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft hasn’t enabled support for
Teams native notifications by default yet. Currently, it’s live
in the preview builds and it will begin rolling out to everyone
later this month.
To enable native notifications, head to Teams settings and turn
on the ‘native notifications’ option, as shown in the
Remember that you can always switch back to Teams built-in
solution for managing Teams notifications.
Microsoft has also started rolling out live reactions feature
to some users. Like Facebook or LinkedIn, Microsoft Teams will
now allow you to react to the presenters using heart and other
The reactions will be visible to all participants and
you can now try breakout rooms and
new together mode scenes if your organization is included
in the rollout.
Microsoft is also believed to be working on a new search
experience for Teams and other meeting improvements.