Multi-window for chats and more
I want to have separate top-level windows for each person I'm chatting with, rather than tabs.
Hooray! Multi-Window chat has been a long-awaited feature, and it is rolled out fully to the general public. Please be sure to “check for updates” and restart your client if you aren’t seeing it.
For more information, please visit https://support.office.com/en-us/article/pop-out-a-chat-in-teams-cff95cb0-34af-423f-8f69-fe9106973790.
Note: Multi-Window Meetings is tracked in this item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/37160077.
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The lack of a separate window is a real productivity killer. You will still need 1to1 for small, short questions not relevant for the task you are working on.
Now replying a message means that you first need to temporarily finish what you are working on, go through 2-3 steps to find the right chat, respond, and go again through 5+ steps to get back to what you were originally working on.
Teams currently has so many sub-category structures you cannot compare it e.g., to Slack flow, where most of the things are just one click away. Currently, the fastest way is to not use the 1to1 functionality at all but fully another platform for it. Luckily, there are other good options available in addition to Skype.
Jonathan Block commented
It seems much of the discussion has been around the possibility of opening chat windows separately, but maybe not much more than that. At the risk of invoking images of a "legacy" communications platform, I'd like to see Teams' windowing behavior work a lot like Outlook.
I can go to a different mode (Inbox => Calendar || Chat => Teams), a different context (folders || individual chats or channels) and a different item (message || tab) without leaving the main window, but with a few quick actions (double-click, right-click + open-in-new-window, or open a second instance) I can have as many different windows open as I want. Halfway through reading a message or writing a reply? Leave it onscreen but out of the way for two days if necessary. Need to compare two files entered in separate teams? Pop them up in separate windows side-by-side. Etc.
I've only stumbled on this thread now, and Microsoft must be well into their initial development cycle for this feature. But if they're only planning to do a simple two-window breakout, I hope they'll put a more robust implementation onto the next development cycle.
need to have a separate window for Joining Teams Meeting and share it on an external screen if needed.
Also have ablity to share screen while being in another audio call.
The chat and meeting functions in teams need to have the same or better capabilities than those in Skype. The inability to open multiple instances (windows) of the teams app is very inefficient and in general make teams not very useful as a replacement for Skype. MS needs to add some of the more useful functionality of Skype to Teams.
Adding my vote to be able to have multiple instances of MS Teams open, so I can put them in different monitors. What is the point of adding third party apps as a tab, especially since the tabs reload so slowly each time? I want to be able to make use of multiple monitors, and this is a serious limitation.
Any updates on this? It's a real issue now that Skype is going away. Switching from the Teams to Chat views makes it extremely difficult when you need to reference a conversation in your chat.
Microsoft teams is the best way to send the wrong person a message they should not have seen
yes please add this essential feature
Jack Pott commented
Frankly it's pathetic that this is not a feature
OMG! I'm sharing my screen in a meeting showing a document we are working on, then have to toggle to a channel to find another file, read a conversation, etc. By the time I return to document I was on, my place was lost!!! Mutl-windows are a MUST
I would agree with the multi window for chats. would be very helpful.
Aimee Pelarski commented
For me it comes down to the fact if Teams is replacing Skype, then the built in functionality of Skype that everyone loves should be in Teams. Period. No votes, no requesting the functionalities, JUST BUILD IT IN.
Give us back the productivity. PS - For future software replacements, the functionality of the software being replaced should be in the new software PRIOR to replacing the software.
Michael McGee commented
Agree we need this. Can't count the number of times I've closed down Teams when I thought I was just leaving a meeting or Chat... Should be a user-defined option.
Graham Brides commented
I would like to pull out chat (or calendar, or files as a whole window) OR SIMPLY HAVE THE OPTION TO HAVE THE MEETING OPEN AS A SEPARATE WINDOW!!!
Michael Smith commented
Given the long history of this request, it would be highly preferable to have at least a horizon date for this feature, however Microsoft chooses to adopt it. I'm concerned that as our recent adoption of Teams develops, lead users and their teams will find this fundamentally a 'no-go' for effective multi-tasking and want IT to look to other solutions than Teams.
Michael Moro commented
Glad I'm not the only one looking for this functionality. I can't chat with Teams while editing a file. I have to keep leaving the file and risk losing my edits each time.
The question becomes "what" is M$ working on? The original post states a needed, but narrowly limited requirement for the ability to multi-task Chat in TEAMS. As you read through the comments below the breadth of the true requirement starts to become the root issue within TEAMS. Simply popping out Chats and only the Chat capability without voip, files, etc. that are available within the "main" chat window is not what the general conversation below is asking for.
There are many places that TEAMS does not allow multi-tasking. I cannot voip on one session and be in a screen share on another. I cannot be in a screen share and chat on another without minimizing the screen share. Minimizing one window in preference to another (which is what most of the comments are about) is not productive use of time in any Enterprise. Loss of productivity, costs money, cost of money is loss of profit. Loss of profit for any Enterprise is not good for M$ as eventually the Enterprise will realize the loss of Profit.
The rule for the net result of this UserVoice request is do not interfere one task just because I have to do another task in TEAMS. And Screen real-estate utilization is important. TEAMS should be uncompromisingly screen efficient in allowing non-interfering multi-tasking to take place. The current space hogging UI needs to be re-evaluated or at the very least have user preferences that allow a screen efficient UI.
Kristine Cruthers commented
You have been working on this for over a year. As others have said its virtually unusable as it operates today. Is there an ETA on at least the beta release?
Mike Confer commented
This ought to have been an MVP feature for launch. Teams is pretty much unusable for anyone who works on multiple projects at the same time with the current functionality.
Also make this available for the MacOS client please!!