You can now reply to specific messages in Microsoft Teams chats

Rabia Noureen

Last month, Microsoft Teams started testing a new quoted replies feature that lets users reply to specific messages within a chat. This feature is now out of preview, and it’s generally available on the Teams desktop client (via Petri).

Quoted replies have already been available on the iOS and Android apps, but this capability hasn’t been supported on the Microsoft Teams desktop client until now. The latest release finally brings the handy feature to one-to-one chats, group, or meeting chats in Teams. “It is a great way to add context and clarity with who you are conversing with whether it is a recent message or from one earlier in the conversation,” the company explained in a blog post.

Users will be able to reply to specific messages within a chat in a couple of ways. They can hover over a message, click the ellipsis menu (…), and then choose “Reply” from the list. Alternatively, users can also right-click on a chat message and then click the “Reply” option available in the context menu.

As of now, the new quoted replies feature is limited to a 1:1, group, or meeting chat but not supported in channel posts yet. This capability is only available in the Teams desktop client, and the software giant plans to bring it to the web soon.

Microsoft is constantly testing new features and capabilities to improve the overall experience of its Teams collaboration service. The company recently rolled out Breakout Rooms presenter support for meetings and introduced a modern search results page.