I really like Teams. I do. But the current chat layout is not suited for professional chats. It's way to space consuming. It looks like something imported from MSN with smiley's that take half of the screen. I would say that Slack have nailed it because they focused on the ability keeping a tight window with lots of chat text visible. In Teams the window is full and starts scrolling after like 10 sentences.
Thank you for all your responses to the design survey. The survey is now closed.
Christian Paredes commented
How much longer do we need to wait? I also can't believe this thread is still open after being in the top 5 requests for the past 5 years. We are still on Slack after all this time because microsoft is not able to perform such a simple task.
This item is open since 4,5 years now and it's been in the top 5 for as long as I can remember: Is MS trying to test how much pain they can inflict before users convince their companies to move away again? I like " we've been paying for 365 that includes Teams and still prefer Slack" so in case somebody has problem selling Teams they should wonder why it is that customers still spend their money elsewhere, here is a big one, besides the usual MS vendor lock-in ...
Mikal Grant commented
I don't understand the complexity behind this ask. I would assume this update is very small. There is so much wasted space and the contacts pane isn't collapsible to make room for long messages. Instead, long messaged must be scrolled through...yet there is this space already waiting to help make chats wider if MS would just utilize it. Come on. It's 2021. Responsive design should be second nature.
Aj Bilden commented
wait. so no "compact" mode? this is 2021 right?
Luis Garcia commented
I can't believe this thread is still open after being in the top 5 requests for the past 5 years. We are still on Slack after all this time because MS can't find the tool to extract their heads out of their behinds. The kicker is we've been paying for 365 that includes Teams and still prefer Slack over having it included in our plan. Unreal.
Five years, five years... That's not serious at all.
Seeing that, I guess that people who use Teams are only the ones forced by their company, other people who have the opportunity would just run away...
Our business just uninstalled Skype to force us to use Teams. Spent a while trying to find out how to set 'compact mode', then found this user voice.
How long has this voice been open? And you're still asking for surveys to make it look like you're doing something?
Sort it out Microsoft. This really isn't good enough.
The worst part, IMO, is that the window has to be so wide to show the side bar with contacts. I don't need a wide window for text chat, my primary device is a phone which is veeeery compact horizontally. Take some tips from there
Nathan Evans commented
I'd love to see the designs even if I can't complete a survey. Just curious about the direction.
Please don't implement Michael Hoffman's suggestions about unlimited flexibility. That's Zoom's biggest weakness. I can't stand the constant shifting of layouts, views, full screen, then people on the top and flyouts on the right. Zoom is a mess. They made flexibility a negative, not a positive.
OK, so it's been a month since the design survey closed, and over 4 years since the inception of this request. It is the 5th most voted on idea on UserVoice. Can we PLEASE get some timely traction on this? Having a 28" monitor running 1080p, Teams shows literally half the content I can view in similar conversations in Slack's compact mode.
Just a reminder, I keep this set of CSS modifications to Teams up to date and it's free :) it compacts Teams down and makes it look more like Slack: https://userstyles.org/styles/165569/slack-teams
Feedback is always welcome!
Five. Years. Later.
Gavin Greenwalt commented
It's the year 2030. Microsoft has acquired Discord for $50B. Humanity has reached the stars and merged with a global AI.
A simple hello in Microsoft Teams still takes up half of your screen.
Andrew Zhilin commented
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I would prefer not to see a chat from 3 days ago, just to keep the Contacts pane open. I just want to know my team members availability from the Contacts list. Please make it so, that it doesn't take half a screen just to keep Teams open. If not, I'll find another platform to run in. I can't spare that much screen real estate.
Brian Handscomb commented
Didn't comment at the time, but by the time I saw the invite for the supposedly almost week long survey it had bee closed. By my estimation it was open less than 24 hours, opening early hours GMT 3rd Mar and closing late hours GMT same day, despite the invite saying it would be open until 9th. The fabled "Microsoft Time" strikes again... My take on the layout is that it is horribly convoluted and frankly ugly. It wastes SO much space with how threads are handled (the direct subject of this "idea") but things like "chat" and "teams" and "activity" for three types of the same thing and mutually exclusive is in a way another waste of space.
PLEASE! make the pop-out chat window SMALLER!!!!
I'm joining the cacophony here. You sent me a note requesting feedback by March 9. I fit this into my list of priorities and attempted in good faith to respond before the deadline. Today is March 8, and I see that the survey is not currently active. This is not the way to treat your customers.
Jussi Halonen commented
>Sending survey's with a 9th of March deadline and then closing them on the 4th of March is quite unprofessional.
Couldn't agree more, like spitting our face.
Sending survey's with a 9th of March deadline and then closing them on the 4th of March is quite unprofessional.