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
Vesa Nopanen commented
Please allow us to continue private chats and/or participating in different channel chats while viewing a file on preview mode. Chat window could be similar to file conversation section (compact)
Geoffrey Barth commented
Add the ability to dock the windows like other messaging platforms
Michelle Gullett commented
Spencer Reed commented
I think a good idea to implement would be to allow multiple windows to be opened for MS Teams. For instance, to be taking notes while conferencing or watching a video in a channel. Once I click out of the channel it stops the video.
John O'Reilly commented
If there were a way to 'pop-out' the activity feed into its own window or be able to shrink down the Teams window to show only the activity feed, I would leave it open all the time on the side of my monitor and use it to drive my work. as it is, Teams takes up too much real estate to keep visible all the time, so it becomes one more place to check for what's going on.
Agreed. I'd love it if the UI scaled down in a manner similar to Skype for Business, and didn't hide the contacts list when small. Teams is simply way to large on my monitor and doesn't fit with all the other things I have open.
The minimum widths are *much* too large:
Teams: 720px minimum width - at this smallest setting is hides the contacts list :(
To get the contacts list to show, it has to be a huge 950px
Skype for Business: 590px minimum width - this is smaller than the smallest width of Teams, *AND* still includes the contacts list.
allow for the small video window in the top left to undock for multimonitor support. If I want to chat, or make updates, but I also want to see someone elses screen, or video in a large picture, it would be very helpful.
Integrate exchange mail (outlook) into it and I get rid of even one more app ;-)
I agree, to be able to replace Skype for Business for the chat then there is indeed a need for reducing Teams App to a compact window. Suggestion is to minimize to something like the "Skype for Business" list of contacts window. Preferably even smaller than that since the Skype list of contact window menu buttons and header takes up to much space. Take the chance and make it even better (more compact) this time.
Tim Walsh commented
It would be great to have the ability to pop-out a conversation within a Team/Channel. This would be especially helpful when there are multiple conversations going on and the chat window keeps scrolling past your conversation.
"the more we do in Teams, the more the one window limitation has to go"
That's it right there. You want us to use the integrated apps, but we can't do that AND chat? Why would I use anything integrated if I could just open up OneNote or Excel separately to use both at once (and chat in Teams as well)
Hoping this gets fixed, not being able to have a multi window experience really limits the productivity of Teams. Almost defeats the purpose of having a workstation with multiple monitors.
I've been watching some of the Teams sessions from Ignite and while I love Teams and like the direction, the more we do in Teams, the more the one window limitation has to go. Even now we're working on Documents, Planner, OneNote etc from within various Team channels and having to leave (close) whatever you're working on to respond to chats or just look at something else is maddening. Even just being forced/limited to viewing only one document/app at a time is a HUGE limitation.
Please allow us to move anything were working on/anyone we're chatting with to separate windows ASAP!!!
This is such a pain in our company we frequently use a different video client like Amazon Chime so we can easily post into the channel that we started the meeting in. Also is it my imagination or is the chat of a meeting (accessed by the chat bubble in the upper right) NOT integrated with the room the meeting was started from? It should be.
Sim Sokleang commented
I need to switch from Teams channel to chat and revert every time new messages pop-up in chat.
Enable opening a new window and tab in Windows 10 client and defining defaults e.g. open private chat in new window, show toast notification when mentioned
One of my big issues is with multi-tasking. If I switch between tabs like Conversations and Wiki then I lose all context of where I was. So, for example, it is then a big problem to copy and paste things from one place to another. How can I open multiple windows and have different tasks going on at the same time? There is a Windows menu but I cannot see any way of opening another window and perform a different task. Have I missed some magic method of having more than one window open? The T-Bot chat help was totally useless at providing any assistance and just kept pointing me to using Tabs, which don’t work at all the way I want them to.
PLEASE add this. Switching between chats is SUCH a pain in Teams...
pop-out window for chat is a no-brainer. The only reason I keep chatting in S4B instead of Teams is because Teams doesn't offer pop-out window for chat yet.
I have no idea how this doesn’t have more either. If I’m using a team page and need to open a chat it is really annoying having to close the channel I’m in by going to the chat window just to go back to the channel and navigate to where is was. Big oversight