Love the new @-mentions idea.
For better visual discovery on the recipient end, how about a formatting option to configure how @-mentions directed at me will appear in my reader? Maybe when I'm mentioned, I'd like to see my name in style font point size+5, lime green, bold, so that it stands out in my reader.
When using @Mentions in my business pressing @ auto selects a person however the format that gets inserted is as per the business mail settings i.e.
"I think @Smith, John should do this work"
It would be great if you could choose to display firstnames and or provide a facility to replace with a nickname tag from contacts. so that you get
"I think @John should do this work" or "I think @Jonno should do this work".
Of course it would be good if the @Mention list discovered as you typed took that into account too, though that is less important than making the content read more naturally.
Add mentions in the rules list as an option
Example: Assign category if you are @mention
Martyn Lovell commented
Imagine we have a thread with several people.
I write a message that says something like
Does anyone have any concerns about this plan
@Dave: Can you reply with the budget impact
Then some folks reply to the thread, and Dave doesn't notice that he was asked for a specific response.
Some feature should notice that and ping him to reply specifically.
This happens to me all the time in threads. People don't notice much below the most recent reply.
I do not like the Mentions option being forced on without a deactivating option.
Mentions is great, but it should be taken further and implemented across Office 365. So when I mention someone in OneNote, or in a comment in Word revisions, the person should be able to search get these as sort of tasks or action items (given it is stored on SharePoint or OneDrive).
Martin Grosse commented
Please definitely let us choose the format for @mention: customise name format. As in: do I want to use first names only by default - rather than Last Name, First Name? Thanks guys! Great feature, let's hone it to perfection!
Please add @mentions to Teams Channels like this: @myTeamName:MyChannel
Dinh Doan Van Bien commented
When suggesting possibilities for mentions, maybe offer a full name and a first name only option? Ideally remember the previous choice and use that as a default for that person.
While you can cursor into the text of the mention and modify the format, pointing at it pulls up the contact card. This makes it harder than necessary to manipulate the text of the mention. This is especially important for organizations whose address descriptions are something other than first name last name [like ours is last name, first name (company affiliation)]. I have to arrow key into the text and delete text before and after the first name.
Carl Walsh commented
On my team we frequently add each other to emails, and we always use first names.
Using @-mentions it seems weird to display the full name. I only want the first name to be displayed!
Maybe the default behavior would be different for other teams, so there could be a different otpion to just display the last name.