Is there any way at all to show a badge for unread messages on the taskbar icon?

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One of the most infuriating things about Teams is that when I receive a chat message but don't see it, there is no way to know about it unless I open the Teams window. I have the "Missed activity emails" setting at 10 minutes, but it only works maybe a quarter of the time. Is there a setting that would put a badge on the taskbar icon, like a smartphone would have? If not, why is that not a thing? How could Microsoft fail so hard at this?

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Hi @iamjamieq  AFAIK, there is no way to indicate unread messages on the taskbar.  The best suggestion I could find is the first response in this prior post: Unread messages Tab in Teams similar to Outlook - Microsoft Tech Community


There are several Uservoice items related to separating out unread messages (folders, highlights, etc).  You might want to search "unread messages" on that site and vote for the ones that closely approximate what you'd like to see.



@ThereseSolimeno That is a serious failure on MS's behalf. Smartphone apps put badges on app icons for the same reason that Teams should. I mean, Outlook has the envelope icon (which, while broken and also insufficient itself, at least exists), but Teams has nothing. For such a large, enterprise-focused company, and what with the pandemic putting so much focus on Teams, I can't believe they would fail to add this. Anyway, thanks for the reply.