Multi-window for chats and more
I want to have separate top-level windows for each person I'm chatting with, rather than tabs.
Multi-window chat is in testing. I hope to have great news regarding rollout to the public rings soon.
We are working to ensure that multi-window and other future multi-window experiences are of the highest quality when they release.
How is this not already in place? I thought I was having a user error situation because I couldn't figure out how to pop-out a chat window during a meeting. Guess not.
I would like to not just be able to have separate windows for chats, but for tabs in general. So I can switch from a channel to a chat or a file without closing the other view.
This single window Concept is reallay slow. It takes 12 seconds to open the Planner and I have to do it again and again while only one window is available. My PC is not a mobile phone. This is a business tool and it is wasting my time.
Michael Cross commented
The inability to have separate chat and meeting windows is slowing full adoption of Teams. Its much easier to continue to use Skype for chat while using Teams solely for meetings.
I'm impatiently waiting for the ability to undock the chat in Teams!! ;-) Whether I'm looking at a file, in a meeting, or chatting with someone else via teams, it's so disorienting to have to move away from that in order to answer a chat. When it comes to document review or edit, having to move out of the doc to answer a chat is a negative impact on my productivity because I have to leave the doc, then the window changes, then once I've answered the chat, re navigate to the files, find it, open it, and then find my place in the doc again.
While I'm talking about it, I would like to be able to open a file in Teams and see it in a different pane or tab or whatever than the Teams meeting window.
Jeff B commented
Like to be able to tear-off Chat windows and have multiple windows sitting on my second monitor throughout the day. Chat is a great too and as it use to be in Skype, able to have multiple chat windows open at one time, that function seems to be gone 3 versions ago. Miss it.
Looks like this feature has been in the pipeline since late 2017. Any chance we can get some transparency for when it will be available? Lots of folks are holding migration plans on this one item. Thanks in advance!
Jules Fishelman commented
This is a very important missing feature.
Agree that multi window or pop windows will make it easier to navigate. Working on a document in Teams, and then getting a chat message and clicking on the chat, and then taking you out of the document is very distracting, as you may forget what you were doing and then have to navigate your way back to the document. Not ideal when you are member of several teams as well. Make it more click friendly, and give us less clicks.
Teams has so many features packed into one interface, we need to be able to open up things separately. Not only chat, but also documents, tabs, meetings, planner, etc.
Yes, having to flip between chats is actually making it more difficult to communicate than when we used Skype. I would love to have different windows for each chat, along with the ability to close out a conversation and have a separate CHAT function so I don't have to constantly switch out of whatever I'm working on in Teams to read a chat
3 years and nothing. Hmm.
Matt Ruma commented
I saw the Pop-Out option in Teams ... it was awesome ... but now I don't see it?! Where did it go?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Terry Medearis commented
Completely concur with this request.
We are (unfurtunately) moving from Skype for Business (and SP) to using teams.... pfff back-in-time wrt functionality... Just copy the basic functionality of skype and then improve further....
When will this feature finally be enabled?
want separate windows for chat so that you can have a conference call chat and still be able to chat with others without switching between the 2.
Well it is a little scary that this took almost 3 years for someone to respond to, and only with the knowledge that this was being explored not in development.In addition to having separate top-level windows for each person I'm chatting with, this should also allow users to:1) Have the default view of Chat be the Contacts. Then the secondary view be the Recent chats. NOTE: The Recent chats should not have "Suggested Contacts" listed in this section, it should just be a history.2) The user should be the ability to have Chat (with Contacts view) be the default icon that is selected when Teams is opened. By the same token, users whose primary use for the application is another icon like Teams or Meetings should be able to select those applications as the default view. 3) Users should also be able to choose where the Notification box -- defining that a new chat is coming in -- is positioned on a users monitor. There should also be the option to adjust the timing on how long this hover takes place.4) The Activity icon should show what actions the user has taken within the entire Teams application. Currently this does not show anything. The default display should be able to be modified -- currently it is set to Feed.
Teams should have the ability to Mult-Window at minimum within the app or allow multiple instances of the app to run (to do chat on one, etc.....).
Eric Richards commented
I'm finding that if someone messages me, it's very easy to miss the notifications that they are trying to talk to me, if I'm not paying close attention to the Teams client at all times. The toast notification only shows for a few seconds, and then it gets lost in the scrum of badge notifications on the Chat or Activity tab icons. And this is with a very small organization, where we don't have more than a half-dozen active users.
With Skype for Business/Lync, if you miss a toast notification when somebody tries to IM you, after 15 or 30 seconds, the chat would just open up in a new window(I always turn off the tabbed chat conversations for this reason). It's much harder to miss when the incoming chat takes up that screen real-estate and also spawns a new taskbar button for the window.