Side conversations are spaces in a ticket where agents can have a conversation with a specific group of people, or discuss a specific area of concern or course of action. Side conversations are available in email, Slack, and in tickets as child tickets.
As an alternative, you can use side conversations in a ticket to initiate and participate in Microsoft Teams threads in channels. The Microsoft Teams side conversations you initiate can be viewed in the ticket and the Microsoft Teams application. Like email, Slack conversations, and child tickets, Microsoft Teams side conversation messages are recorded as ticket events. You can also use them as trigger conditions.
This feature is available only if the administrator has installed the latest version of Zendesk for Microsoft Teams and enabled side conversations.
Creating a side conversation using Microsoft Teams
You can create a side conversation with Microsoft Teams from within Support.
To create a side conversation using Microsoft Teams
- In a ticket, click the Side Conversations plus sign (+) in the upper-left.
- Select Microsoft Teams as the conversation
- Enter the Microsoft Teams’ team, channel, and your message. You
can also add ticket comments.
For more information about the composer, see Rich text editing in the side conversation composer.
You can start a side conversation in one team and channel at a time. You can't combine Microsoft Teams, Slack, and email conversations.
If you have a lot of teams and channels, it may take a few moments to display the list. The Team appears before the channel address, for example, Team 1 - General, Team 2 - General, and so on.
- When you’ve finished composing your message, click Send.
Anyone in the Microsoft Teams channel can view your message and reply to the thread directly, without logging into Zendesk Support.
Microsoft Teams replies are automatically included in the ticket’s side conversation. The conversation can continue back and forth, as long as necessary, until you get the information you need.
- When the side conversation is complete, click Done.Note: This action is not reflected in the Microsoft Teams application.
Adding attachments to a Microsoft Teams side conversation
You can add attachments to a side conversation from the Microsoft Teams application by using the bot that appears at the beginning of a conversation. Using the bot allows attachments to appear in both Support and Microsoft Teams.
To add attachments to side conversations from Microsoft Teams
- In Microsoft Teams, open a side conversation.
- Scroll up to the beginning of the conversation where the bot
- Click Click here and upload the file you want to
- Click Upload files.
About limitations and breaking the link between Support and Microsoft Teams
- Deleting messages: You can’t delete a message from a Microsoft Teams side conversation.
- Attachments: Attachments sent directly in the Microsoft Teams side conversation do not appear in the ticket’s side conversation in Support. Likewise, attachments sent directly in Support do not appear in the Microsoft Teams side conversation. For attachments to appear in both Support and Microsoft Teams, see Adding attachments to a Microsoft Teams side conversation.
The following Microsoft Teams features are not supported:
- Direct messages
As a workaround, the administrator can set up separate channels with only one member (for example, “Team Finance Experts – Support”) and add the Zendesk for Microsoft Teams app to this team.
- Microsoft Teams @mentions
- Emoji reactions
- Typing indicators
If the link breaks between Zendesk and Microsoft Teams (for example, an admin removes the Zendesk app from a Microsoft Teams channel or archives or deletes a Microsoft Teams channel that you used for side conversations), you can still open and view these side conversations in a ticket, but you can no longer use that Microsoft Teams channel to send or receive updates to side conversations.
Will direct messaging be a thing at some point? I have agents jumping out of Zendesk to get faster responses from requestors via teams. It would be better if we could do this in Zendesk.
Direct messaging would also be useful to us. Right now that is one of our main ways to interact with our users. It also would allow us to capture the conversation into the ticket, which the conversation also can have a lot of valuable information in it that we have to just copy/paste into the ticket in order to capture it.
Direct messaging would benefit us a lot too as most of our techs in the field use microsoft teams.
Having the whole conversation at one point would be really beneficial.
Support for "Direct messages" would boost this feature for our daily operations - mainly in these scenarios:
+1 for Direct Messaging
+1 for Direct Messaging
+1 for Direct Messaging, it would be the most useful feature for us too.
Is it already being worked on? If so, a quick update to all of us would be nice.
+1 more for direct messaging
+1 here. We mostly use direct messaging for everything, frankly, the Channels just don't work nearly as well as their equivalent in Slack. So, we just create Chats, rename them, and then they function perfectly as a channel equivalent.
This feature is not usable for us without direct messages.
Also, it would be great to be able to use MS Teams to schedule calls/meetings via a ticket.
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