Telephony over Teams Using Call Queues

A Call Queue in Telephony over Teams is a mechanism which distributes calls to a single number, such as an enquries line, through to a team to be answered.  Call Queues can be configured to distribute calls in four different ways:

  • Attendant routing - the first call in the queue will ring all of the queue members at the same time. The first person to pick up the call gets the call
  • Serial routing - incoming calls will ring call agents one by one, starting from the beginning of the call agent list.  The first person will always get offered the call first.  The second person is only offered the call if the first person is busy, and so on
  • Round robin routing - The first call will call the first person in the queue.  The second call will call the second person; the third call will call the third person, etc
  • Longest idle routing - calls will be presented to whoever has been 'available' for the longest

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Call queues are usually configured to present calls to a Teams channel.  This allows the owner of the channel to add and remove members.

  1. Select the Teams icon on the left and then choose the correct Teams channel
  2. Select the Calls tab
  3. This will show a keypad (in order to make calls), who is in the channel, and their presence state.
  1. Select the three dots on the right of the bottom menu labelled More to expand the menu
  2. Select Calls from the menu grid

Accepting Calls

In the desktop app:

In order to accept calls, members do not need to be on the call queue interface:

  1. When the main number of the call queue is dialled each member that is opted into the queue, and is available on their main Teams status will get a pop-up call notification with the call queue team name
  2. Click on the phone icon to accept the call, or on the red phone icon to reject the call
  • The order in which a member of the queue receives calls is pre-set (e.g. ring all at once, one after the other, longest idle) - this can be changed on request
  • If your main Teams status is Unavailable, Busy, or Do Not Disturb, you will not receive notification of the call
  • Users who have made themselves unavailable for the queue will not receive notification of the call.  Please see below for opting in/out of receiving calls

On the mobile app:

In order to accept calls, members do not need to be on the call queue interface:

  1. When the phone number of the call queue is dialled, each member that is opted into the queue and is available on their main Teams status will receive a call notification, which will also show the call queue team name
  2. Accept or Decline the call

Opting in/out of receiving calls

In the desktop app from settings:

  1. In Teams on the top right, click on the three dots next to the user's profile picture to open the settings menu
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Calls
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the window
  5. Under Call queues, users will find a list of call queues of which they are a member, and a toggle button to control their availability for call answering

In the desktop app from the call queue:

  1. Go to the Call queue user interface
  2. This window will show all teams members in the group and their Teams status.  Users will also see Call Queue status icon - this icon will be greyed out for other team members if they have opted out.  Hover over the icon to show the status, 'In the queue' / 'Not in the queue'
  3. Next to the users name there will be a toggle button to control availability.  Other team members can see who is in the queue or unavailable
  4. This setting is not available on the mobile application

In the desktop app:

  1. Go to the Call queue user interface
  2. On the Calls tab type in a name or number in the box above the dial pad
  3. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the call button to choose whether to  Call as you (from your personal number), or Call as (queue name).  Users dialling out as (queue name) will present the queue's phone number

On the mobile app:

  1. Click on the phone icon on the bottom right, which will take you to the dial pad
  2. Enter the number to call, and click on the phone icon
  3. This will bring up a menu to Call the number on behalf of Myself, or the call queue name
  4. Click the Myself button to call out as the user's University extension
  5. Click the Queue Name to dial out from the Call Queue's phone number

In the desktop app from the call queue:

  1. Go to the Call queue user interface
  2. On the (Call) History view there are three options: All, Incoming, and Voicemail.  Click on Voicemail 
  3. Click on the message and a Details menu will appear
  4. Click 'Play' on the Details menu to listen to the message
  5. Click on the the three dots to the left of the Call button in the details menu.  This gives the option to call back the number, mark the voicemail as unread, delete the voicemail, add the number to speed dial, add the number to contacts, or block the number.

On the mobile app:

  1. Go to the Mobile app - Calls interface
  2. Click on the tape recorder icon to open the voicemail menu
  3. Click on the message to open an options menu
  4. Choose the option to listen to the message, call the number which left the message, block the number, or delete the message

Individual members can manage this via Outlook

  1. On the Outlook Home tab, click on the three dots on the bottom of the left navigation pane
  2. This will pop up a menu, click on Folders
  3. On the left navigation page, this will now show Groups, listing any Call Queues users are members of
  4. To get email notifications with voicemail attached sent to the user's favourites folder, click on the queue, right click, and Add to favourites
  5. To get email notifications when messages are left, click on the queue, click on the down arrow next to Joined (above the search box), and select Subscribe from the drop-down

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