Ask a Question from Microsoft Teams
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Written by Joel Bradley
Updated over a week ago

Applies to: Free, Basic, Business

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Prevent information from being lost in conversation by using Stack Overflow for Teams to store questions as they come up. With the Microsoft Teams integration, entire questions can be composed directly from within your Microsoft Team without needing to visit the Stack Overflow for Teams instance, allowing you to maintain your normal pace in your workspace.

In a direct chat with the bot, or if you use @ to talk to the bot within a Team or Chat, you can type "ask" followed by the question you’d like. The bot will then ask for more information and provide a button labeled "Ask from MS Teams". You can also directly ask a question by clicking "Ask a Question" in the Home tab of the bot app. Clicking this button will pop up a modal form for you to fill out the following information:

  • Title: Give your question a descriptive title that quickly identifies what the problem is.

  • Body: Explain in greater detail what the problem you have is, and what kind of solution you’re looking to receive. This will be pre-filled with the text you’ve provided after "ask" in your message.

  • Tags: Use tags to help categorize your question with similar questions by topic. If your tag doesn’t exist yet, the system will create one for you.

  • Ask Team Members: If you know who in your organization is suited to answering your question, you can specify those users. They will receive a notification when the question is posted to Stack Overflow for Teams.

Once you’ve filled out all fields, you can use "Post Question" to then submit the question. A confirmation message will be provided once the post has been posted.

If you’re in a conversation in a Team or Chat and someone posts a message that you think would be suited to a question, you can use the Message Extension "Ask in Teams" to also ask a question. More information can be found in the Message Extensions article.

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