This is a quick post about a new feature in Microsoft Teams.  You now have the ability to set a custom status message.  The feature is similar to the Welcome Note in Skype for Business.

What's happening today?

You set a welcome note by typing into the “What’s happening today?” box at the top of the Skype for Business client.

Set your Welcome Note

The Welcome Note is a way to tell your colleagues what you’re up to.  The message shows up in the your contact card along with your location.  Additionally, if you set your Out of Office, the text will show as your Welcome Note.

The contact privacy relationship determines whether they see your Welcome Note.  As standard, only Friends & Family, Workgroup and Colleagues see your Welcome Note.

privacy relationship

If you want a Skype for Business contact to see your Welcome Note, you can change their privacy relationship by right clicking on the contact go down to Change Privacy Relationship and choose a relationship that allows you to “share my note”.  Such as Friends and Family.

Change Privacy Relationship

Until this week, Microsoft Teams didn’t have this feature.  In typical Microsoft fashion, they made it even better than the Skype for Business version.

To set your status message, click on your photo at the top right of the Teams client and click Set Status Message.

Set status message

Enter your message, choose how long to display it and click done.

set message

You can enter up to 280 characters which is quite a lot in my opinion.  I can’t think of a use case for something that tells colleagues quickly what you’re doing.  Apart from an Out of Office message.  You can also set how long to display the message.  You can choose from Today, 1, 4, 8 or 12 hours, 2 days, 5 days or Always.

I recorded a short video showing how to use it.  Enjoy!


That’s all folks!  Thanks for stopping by.