Microsoft Teams’ online presence status feature is getting better

Like Zoom and Google Meet, Microsoft Teams also comes with
online presence feature, which is important when others want to
check your presence in a meeting. Microsoft Teams offers
indicators on the web, Android, iOS, and Windows 10 to alert
the attendees or organizers about your online presence.

Microsoft Teams comes with various online presence indicators
and you can check the status by clicking the profile icon.
Green is for Available, red circles are for Busy or Do not
disturb, and there’s a yellow indicator that suggests you’re
away from your Teams.

Online presence status is auto-set by Microsoft Teams based on
your activity. For example, if you’re browsing other apps,
Teams will show ‘away’ status and the status will change again
when a user comes online.

Later this year, Microsoft Teams online status feature is
getting a bit smarter. Microsoft has confirmed that they’re
working on two new options for the presence feature in Teams.

Microsoft is introducing a new option called “Presence Status
duration” that will allow you to select a specific period of

For example, you can set your status to ‘Busy’ for 30 minutes,
one hour, two hours, or the entire day. In fact, you can also
set your status for the whole week.

Teams online presence

There’s another option called “Custom” that leys you set your
own timing for each status in Teams.

Later this year, users can also set their presence to “Offline”
that will inform your colleagues and attendees that you’re not
available for communication.

During the “Offline” period, you can still use Microsoft Teams
and read the conversations without getting noticed by other

The new presence feature improvements will begin rolling out to
Microsoft Teams in December 2020.

In addition, Microsoft is also rolling out an
improved attendance system and a new 7v7 grid layout that
will allow you to communicate with 49 participants at the same

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