Drowning in a sea of Microsoft Teams update notifications may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new update.
The video conferencing service is introducing new settings to both Teams and its Microsoft Outlook email service, which the company hopes will help users feel less stressed or snowed in under mobile notifications.
According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the new “Quiet Time Settings” will help “create better boundaries and protect your personal time” — hopefully making work a less stressful experience for users everywhere.
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The update comes as part of the Microsoft Viva platform, which helps improve the all-round employee experience for customers.
Set to become available later in 2021, the Viva Insights service will soon offer the ability to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside of your work hours.
Users will be able to set specific quiet time periods directly from Teams and Outlook Mobile, and get “personal insights” on how well you’re disconnecting.
Considering how many employees are now adopting hybrid working, the new feature could be important for those who want to silence the endless notification ping and focus on specific work tasks in and out of the office.
The launch is the latest addition from Microsoft as it seeks to make Teams the ideal hybrid working partner. The company recently introduced another similar update that allows users more control over how they receive push notifications.
When a message arrives, users are now able to receive notifications from within Teams or in the native Windows Notification Center, working with Microsoft’s “Focus Assist” mode to help avoid distractions. This feature is built into the Windows 10 operating system, allowing users to control the types of information they receive. Notifications can be filtered by priority alerts or alarms only, or disabled entirely.
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