The ability to pick your own colour of the initials in the user pic in outlook web app
The Initials that have replaced the silhouette as the User pic in outlook 365 web app are good but it would be nice to be able to pick you own colour choice.
Keri S commented
This thread keeps popping up. You should combine the threads so you can tally the votes properly. Most people (including me) want to be able to control their own initials, and the related topic seems to be controlling the color of the box in which the initials get displayed.
I think part of the problem is that Microsoft doesn't seem to understand the question. I've seen this question posted to multiple boards with MS support consistently responding with a multitude of questions that illustrate their lack of understanding of the issue.
Here are the 3 related issues:
1. Organizations/Admins want to control the default color and initials of the little box that is displayed next to a user if he/she has not uploaded a photo.
2. Users want to be able to change the default color and initials of that same little box without uploading a photo.
3. The default initials are backwards. Initials should always be listed in order of First name, Last name, at least for Germanic languages. If you're going to force a default on users, then at least use one that makes sense. More importantly, users should be able to set their own initials. These backwards initials are used in more than just that little photo box. My initials pop up backwards every time I edit a shared document or add content to a OneNote notebook. You have the option to set your own initials in the installed version of Office. Make it available online!
Would be good if we as admins could just change the order of the initials without uploading a photo. As then the photo would appear in the users Outlook, instead of just OWA where the default one only appears in our organisation. As I have a user who's real initials are JB, but Microsoft made the default picture BJ, as unfortunante as this is I don't want to tell the user to upload a photo to change it, or even if I make a new picture for the user that says JB, it will appear in Outlook when we don't want it too.
I'm pretty sure you could open MSPaint. Pick a background color. Add a Text Box. =Type your initials. Save it. Upload it to your profile.
Unhappy with Incorrect Initials
I have a real problem with changing my initials to "Pe" when they were "PS" before which stands for my first initials of my first and last name. I do not care about the color, but I do the initials. If this is to force us to post a picture when we do not want to, then let me inform you that I should have the "freedom of choice" declared under law, and not the dictates of a corporation, which is not declared anywhere under the law.
Another unhappy-to-be-wearing-pink guy...
Microsoft- why do you always get it so wrong? Do any of your products actually go through any common sense testing before release? obviously not as we would not be having this discussion.
Sort it out FFS
The problem is that on Office 365 email users who don't want to upload a profile photo, cannot change the color of the profile picture that also includes their initials. I see many males, including myself, having a bright pink profile picture with their initials that wasn't selected by them. I don't want to upload a profile picture, so is there any way I can change the color of the picture with my initials?
Changing the assigned colour of the 'Initials Profile Display', like one can with the background theme.
That is having another option together with the current one that is 'upload a picture'.
My initials are pink and I am not a scientist and I am also offended by the fact that no one thought of allowing people to change the color of their avatar. Retarded.
My request to Microsoft is to make it possible for us to choose the color of our initials in the profile picture section of our email messages.
The newly integrated ones on photo-less contacts.