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User Presence States in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams user presence states

There are many different user presence states in Microsoft Teams. In some cases, users can select their state by themselves, while other states are displayed automatically.

But what does each presence state mean? How are they selected, and by whom?

Here we share with you everything you need to know about your Teams presence.

Microsoft Teams user presence states

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These are the different Teams User Presence States:

The state “Available” is activated either automatically or manually. The user is present and responsive.

The state “Available, out of office” is only activated automatically. “Out of Office” is automatically set for time periods when the user has activated “Auto Reply” in my Outlook. (If the company uses Microsoft Exchange Online.) If the user is active in Teams during that time period and would normally be shown as “Available”, the state “Available, Out of office” is displayed instead.

The state “Away” is activated either automatically or manually. The user is logged into Teams but has not moved the mouse for some time or the screen is locked. Teams calls ring though and chats are delivered.

The state “Be right back” can only be activated manually. The user is away from the computer for a short time. Teams calls ring though and chats are delivered.

The state “Busy” is activated either automatically or manually. The user is on the computer but busy. Calls and chats reach them anyway. This state is automatically selected by Teams when there is an appointment in the user’s calendar with the status “Busy” (default). (If the company uses Microsoft Exchange Online).

The state “In a call” is only activated automatically. If the user is on a call, Teams will show this state. (If the company handles phone calls through Microsoft Teams).

The state “In a meeting” is only activated automatically. If the user is in a meeting, Teams shows this state.

The state “Do not disturb” is activated either automatically or manually. The user can choose this state when they want to work in a focused and uninterrupted manner. Only people explicitly approved by the user can reach them in this state. All other calls are transferred to Cloud Voice Mail. Chats are only delivered to the user when they leave this state.

The state “Presenting” is only activated automatically. Teams selects this state for the user as soon as they share their screen or present something via Teams. This way, the user’s colleagues also know that they are not available at the moment.

The state “Focusing” is only activated automatically. Teams chooses this state for the user when they automatically block focus time in their calendar via Viva Insights or MyAnalytics.

The state “Appear offline” can only be activated manually. When the user does not want their colleagues to see that they are working in Teams, but still want to be in touch with others. Calls and chat messages reach the user.

The state “Out of office” is only activated automatically. “Out of office” is automatically set for periods when the user has activated “Auto Reply” in their Outlook. (If the company uses Microsoft Exchange Online).

The state “Offline” is only activated automatically when the user is not logged in to Teams.


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