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I was just reading, for the first time, @Deleted's (with @Chris Webb) excellent article titled "Everyday Etiquette in Microsoft Teams", and came across a paragraph referring to a feature that I am unaware of and can't find in the app:

 

Use announcements appropriately.

Announcement message types have an image banner with large text. Don’t overuse announcements; they take up a lot of space and too many will dilute their importance.

Does such an announcement message type exist (or did it at one time)? 

 

Bob

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No there isn’t..there is the format button in which you can add a title, format text, add links etc!
I’ll ask Matt about this!

Adam
Hi all!

AFAIK, there is not an explicit announcement action like in Kaizala or similar to the praise feature. However in all the documentation I’ve see. announcement types of messages - depends on your definition - so can be considered to be

1.) Messages in the general tab where the general tab is recognised as such (or not a catch all for every conversation)
2.) Messages in an org wide team which are restricted to just admins posting
3.) Mentions
4) The important button when sending the message
5) Formating the message in such a way it appears as an announcement such as with a title, image, etc.

I think the last is what was meant here

Hope that answers your question!

Best, Chris
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Hi again! This is an upcoming feature rolling out in various rings currently :)

I have it! @Bob Manjoney . So good. 

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@SharonLehman 

We've got the announcement feature too. My question is, other than the visual difference with the big header and option to use an image, do they do anything else?

 

It would be nice for example if announcements overrode a user's individual channel/team notification settings and popped up a notification anyway.  I'd suggest a separate setting so users can opt out of announcement notifications if they really wanted to.

No, this is basically a more fancy teams message only! Use @ mentions if you want to ping everyone as usual

@adam deltinger  Just to make sure I understand this correctly - students would be able to make announcements as well? Thanks for your help!

Haven’t heard otherwise!!

@Jessica Thomas yes, just confirmed, All users can make an announcement type message.

Ok so announcements do not notify everyone in the channel? or team? It's just purely aesthetic?

@SCBPC From what I understand its purely aesthetic.