Multi-window for chats and more
I want to have separate top-level windows for each person I'm chatting with, rather than tabs.
As we announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019 this morning, we are excited to confirm that Multi-window capabilities are coming to Microsoft Teams, and will start rolling out to the public ring early next year!
Alex & the Teams team
Harald Stoll commented
For anyone looking for a workaround, try this.
Open teams in your chrome (or chromium browser), go to the browser hamburger menu and save the page as shortcut. Make sure to check 'open in new window'.
The shortcut will now open as an 'app' on your desktop. Pin this shortcut to your taskbar.
you now have teams open twice, once as a windows app. and once as a web disguised as an app.
I use the native for working in teams normally, and the web-app for the chats.
Not perfect, but a lot better then having to switch between e.g an excel and a quick chat.
app for chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/3060053?hl=en
app for edge: https://pureinfotech.com/install-website-app-edge-chromium/
Florent PINARD commented
As Steve said "This feature cannot come fast enough"
I agree with Steve below. Everyone at my company hates Teams, except for "the powers that be" that are saving money by keeping it instead of paying for Slack.
This feature cannot come fast enough! The consensus across our very large org is that MS Teams overall sucks. Many refuse to use it for meetings because of the lack of proper windowing and clunky navigation. Please let me open things in new windows and manage conversations like Skype.
Hopefully this releases VERY early in 2020. The UI for Teams is greatly diminished by this inability alone. I have both Skype and Teams and always default to Skype so as to not have my entire screen taken over staring at a singular immense chat that I cannot easily navigate or view. This would have been a deal breaker for me had I been a part of the IT group reviewing this.
Will this also allow you to pop out a conversation thread?
Please hurry! This tablet mode approach is really making users angry.
"We are excited to confirm that Multi-window capabilities are coming to Microsoft Teams, and will start rolling out to the public ring early next year!"
Please DO NOT remove the tab-feature from Teams as you did with Lync/SfB compared to Skype just because some people, for whatever reason, like to being forced to alt-tab like crazy...
Connor Moroney commented
I agree with AV. Is one of a couple things that are preventing people in my company from accepting the switch from our current solution (webex/jabber) to teams.
Any update on this feature....We needed it yesterday. When I am in meeting I can't chat or if I want to chat, I cant' see what is being shared.
Albert Roll commented
Teams would also need functionality to split video and shared content across two windows.
This comes in very helpful as we have standardised on a 3 screen layout across both desks and meeting rooms. (2 LED monitors + laptop screes). Sharing content on one monitor, video on the other while taking notes on the laptop screen.
Our company is working to replace Skype with Teams but we are currently unable to complete the transition as we are missing this very helpful capability in Teams.
Pat Richard, MVP commented
Also disagree with Justin. I chat with people in many orgs all from the same tenant. I don't need to switch just to chat.
It's not the chatting that's the issue. it's the collaboration. Currently in more than 8 tenants. Containerized tabs in a web browser is the current method I use, but most of my conversations happen within the rich client.
Jeffrey Guevin commented
I disagree with Justin King; although supporting chat with external organizations is surely important, I think the most common use case will be intra-company communication. My own associates and I are seriously impacted by the single-window UI just communicating with one another, and any level of multi-window support will be most welcome.
Without this capability, TEAMs is "less than" Skype for us. The other feature that is critical is the ability to capture meeting/call attendees!
Agree totally with @Justin King, chats from different entities should be visible whichever one you are working in - at least on the mobile app so you get notifications. It is not an option to have 5 different browsers open in order to use the web version.
Also please make switching user on the desktop client as smooth as the mobile app!