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Chat subject line - when did it disappear?

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Nigel Horncastle
Contributor

A few months back it was possible to add a Subject line to a new chat in both the Teams app and browser.  It used to appear by magic when the format icon was clicked, but it doesn't any more.  Why?

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It's still there, but only in Team channel chats. Never has it been in 1 to 1 chat :).
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I need to be invited to more Teams ;)  But it does raise the question - why is it not available in 1:1 chat?  It is a bit like disabling email Subject if not being sent to a DL.  I guess it is for SfB backwards compatibility reasons?  

Chats have a different structure than channels. In channels you have threads thus it makes sense to give a new thread a subject. Chats on the other hand are threadless.

Again I refer to my email analogy. If I send just you an email I will fill in the Subject line in the same way as if sent to a DL with a 100 users. If I look at my Chat pane it is full of chats to 2 individuals with their name and 1st line of the chat displayed. This means I often have to open the chat to find the exact one I want to reply/refer to. Even hovering over it doesn't give a flyout box.

Regarding your comment "Chats on the other hand are threadless". They are persistent (unlike SfB IM which timeout to Saved Conversations) which means I can go back and reply to a chat at any time directly from the sidebar. This is why a Subject line would be a useful option instead of having to work out which of the 20 chats to John Doe I want to reply to.

Please remember - there are still people using a PC with a decent size screen that can accommodate an extra line or two. Thankfully we are not all forced to use a mobile device yet ;)

@Nigel Horncastle for chats with 3 participants (yourself and two others), the chat becomes a group chat and you do have the ability to name the group.

 

 

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