Microsoft Teams now supports native notifications on Windows 10 but Mac users will have to wait

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams now supports native Windows 10 notifications.
  • Native notifications work with features like Focus Assist and other system-level settings.
  • The feature is gradually rolling out now to Windows 10 PCs.

After months of testing and anticipation, Microsoft Teams finally supports native Windows 10 notifications. We first reported on the feature for Teams back in August 2020. The feature then showed up in preview in December. Now, native notification support is rolling out and should be generally available for everyone this month.

Once the feature becomes available on your system, you'll be able to enable it to have Teams notifications show up in the notification and action area of Windows 10. This places your Teams notifications alongside other system notifications and also makes them work with features like Focus Assist.

If you don't want to use native Windows 10 notifications, you don't have to. Teams will allow you to easily pick which style you'd like to use.

Here's how to enable native Windows 10 notifications within Teams:

  1. Go to Profile.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Select Notifications.
  4. Click Notifications style to open a dropdown menu.
  5. Select Windows.

The Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab) lists support for native notifcations as "Rolling out," so you should see the option soon if it isn't already available. As pointed out by OnMSFT, native notifications on macOS are on the way, but still marked as "In development" on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab).

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3 Comments
  • Finally!!! Notification settings in Teams are fiddly and a pain to manage independently. This way can everything off in one go. Good job Microsoft.
  • At last! This should have been done from the get-go with their Teams for Desktop. Windows 10 already have quite amount of flexibility to their notification system, yet Microsoft chose Teams to be different. Sure, it is cross platform, thus needs to have its own system for other OS as well. But that other OS also have their own notification system to tap into, at least on macOS which should support pretty much Teams need. For Linux, well it can be tricky depends on desktop environment that distro supports. But considering majority of Teams users will be Windows, at least for that one use native notification support. FInally its here now, and we can see and manage notifications through Action Center. Hopefully they will bring back Teams on Microsoft Store as well, especially for WIndows 10X experience.
  • Wow its almost like they're not at all made by the same company smh my head