In Microsoft Teams, is it possible to get a notification when another user change status from busy to available?

Let’s say I want to send a non-urgent message to my coworker Jane. I see that her status is set to busy and therefore I don’t want to disturb her right now.

It would be very convenient if I would be able to get a notification when she becomes green (i.e. available).

If I recall correctly this was possible in Office Communicator.

I could also send an e-mail, but I prefer to use Teams instead.

My client is the official Teams app for Windows 10.

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From the Chat list, click the ... to the right of a person/contact. From the context menu, select Notify when available.

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You will receive a toast alert in Teams when the person's status changes to Available.

If you've not engaged in a chat with the person before, you'll need to search for them and click their name so they appear on your Chat list with a draft chat, and then follow the steps above.

Alternatively, navigate to Settings > Notifications > People and click Edit. From this page, you can search for people to add a status alert to.

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    You can also go to your settings, go to the "notification" category, and at the bottom, in the "status" category, press "manage status notifications." You can add people from here even if you have not chatted with them.
    – 4yl1n
    Apr 29, 2020 at 17:00
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    On that same note, does Teams notify the contact that their status is being monitored?
    – plateriot
    Oct 28, 2020 at 18:17
  • No, I don't believe so. Oct 28, 2020 at 18:19
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    @4yl1n this has now been renamed to 'People' on the notifications page. Apr 13, 2021 at 10:31
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    @JamesR404 that's the whole point... Jun 15 at 16:40

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