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Microsoft Teams change: Favorite becomes Show, Remove Favorite becomes Hide, Follow and Unfollow becomes Notifications

It’s fair to say that the Microsoft Teams terminology/feature language can get be complex for users. With so many features and abilities comes some complex naming

I have a blog post in draft that breaks it all down which I must complete (subscribe for an email when it’s posted). Private, Public, Favourite, Follow, Pin.



Microsoft are looking to simplify the language here:

Favourite (Team) becomes Show (Team) – as in show it in my client

Remove Favourite (Team) becomes Hide (Team) – as in hide it in my client (not make the Team hidden from other people)

Follow this channel / Unfollow this channel becomes Notifications  – as in get notifications for posts on this channel


The Favourites and More sections in the Teams client become and Your Teams and Hidden Teams

This change will roll out to selected users in mid-March, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of May 2019.

This to my friend Phil Worrell for flagging this change.

Microsoft documentation on change



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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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