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.
We are working on a design with more density in mind. Until this design is solidified we are putting this item back to Under Review.
Korawich Marwin Kavee commented
also compact multiple picture would make it better. If upload 3 photos it shouldn't be stack on top of each other, but instead should be group nicely like into one big square.
Third rate BS not answer of cycling between backlog, under review and back into backlog.
Just state the obvious "We're not going to change the user interface for large screen users and Teams will have only one user interface regardless of screen size with mobile phone first and everyone else third class citizens."
Hate this Facebook for work ****.
The teams window is still way too large.. how is it possible that thinking back to the days of trillian and other messengers when screen resolution was way smaller, that those could be docked to a side and barely take up any width and today, teams cannot be docked, and also has to take up at least a quarter of the width of the screen!?
Some Person commented
Listen people you are lucky it's not on the backlog like some other things.
I agree. Teams uses too many resources
365 Admin commented
Teams Window client is too big. I need it open to monitor channels and chats, but it occupies 2/3 of my desktop (ridiculous). I have found numerous threads where users complain about this and nothing has been done but to "put it back to under review". Listen to your users or lose them Microsoft Teams Engineering.
Emmanuel Preveraud commented
Periodic repost of CSS styles to have a compact version on the web https://userstyles.org/users/727497 (not updated for 2 years so a bit broken with the last updates of Teams, still better than the default)
MSteams chat is very hard to use, vertical space waste is a big factor there.
It is already hard to follow one-on-one, and in an active group chat things immediately get off the screen, so most time is spent scrolling up and down, and trying to remember which messages I have read.
Please consider looking at decades of chat usage. Offering a compact time-author-message view would be greatly appreciated.
Please see the attachment for an example of a layout that is useful for more than 3 chat messages, and a pleasure to use in active chat sessions.
Pistle Jumbo commented
Windows Desktop Outlook has an Inbox feature called Compact Layout that can help you better scan your list of Inbox mail. With default Outlook settings, this Compact Layout view is turned on automatically when your Outlook window is relatively narrow, which is good when using a tablet
TJ Cornish commented
Great job folks: Planned -> Working on it -> Partially done -> Working on it -> Planned -> What now are we doing? -> Thinking about it -> Probably not going to ever happen.
Please forgive the snark, but this request is more than 4 years old and has been at the top of the list the entire time, and arguably the "New Meeting Experience" makes this worse because now audio only calls pop up in a second huge window. I'm having users turn off the "New Meeting Experience" because of this.
The Teams interface is so inefficient. Why can't there be tabs across the top like other programs so that you don't have to keep closing things? You released pop out chats but did you even test it? If you pop out a chat then the person replies and you click the notification reply, it goes to their chat in the main Teams window, so now you have them open twice!
I tried it the other day, I had an Excel open inside of Teams, and popped out a chat first because I wanted to use both. The person replies to me, so I click the notification, and it closes Excel in Teams and goes to their chat in Teams. Real efficient having 2 windows open with the same chat now.
I like the functionality of Teams. That said, the interface is absolutely terrible. There is no sorting of recent items. There is no "favorites", it's difficult to see members of larger conversations, and the menus are not distinct. The important menu items at the top of the screen (Chat, Files, Meeting Notes, etc.) are not obvious and just words, barely separated by a space. About the only useful thing is the far left menu bar that shows Activity, Chat, Teams, etc. The options have icons and are distinct choices. Make things plain and simple, represented by boxes, icons, separator lines, or whatnot. I know Microsoft is ****-bent to use modern UI style, but you don't have to sacrifice usability. Outlook is a great example of easy-to-access, segmented UI design and still done in the "modern" style.
The chat feature is too bloated and takes up too much screen real estate. Skype was great as it was lightweight and didn't take up too much of the screen. Teams chat is like driving through Manhattan with an 18-wheeler truck.
Is there a way to delete chats that are no longer active conversations? If there isnt can this be a thing.
The current way that teams chat works is terrible. I like that it saves your chat, I like that it is part of teams, but just make the entire chat function "Pop-Out" so that it basically becomes independent like Skype was. I use teams to edit documents, work on documents, open apps and chat. Well, if I am having a conversation with two or three people, it stinks to have to keep jumping back and forth as well as continue my document. If it could be "popped out" it would then be simple to use and I also could see who is on-line from my team at a glance, instead of having to jump back over to the chat. Please, Please, PLEASE, make it pop out, so that we can make teams be our chat tool, instead of us having to go out and find a new chat tool since Skype is going away.
Here's an idea, finish the software before you put it out, make it fully functional and stop putting out betas and calling them Evolving software. Teams is not functional it's not complete so why push it out and look so bad. In all the forums there are no kind comments about this app, always some basic functionality that's missing. You'd expect that from a beta but not a release version
Not sure if this is part of this or separate but my biggest issue with the UI is how you'll click Teams, pick a Channel, click Files tab, navigate through folders, open an Excel, and then someone sends you a message which shows as a notification, but to reply you have to CLOSE the Excel! If you click the stupid notification it takes you to their chat and there's no back button or any way to go back to the Excel without navigating it again. It's so stupid that my users have literally had to create their own process of "always remember to press open in browser when opening a file in Teams" or for most of them they have just given up (myself included) and just go to SharePoint on the web and call it a day.
Murad Khan commented
Waste of space. Need to be able to compact Contact Groups and have it persist. Just like Skype
I don't think this is an issue. I mean it's an issue, but not because teams needs to be more compact, but because teams needs to better explain itself. It took me a while, but I now understand that in a channel, you're not meant to keep starting new conversations, you're essentially meant to thread everything. The REAL issue is that teams doesn't do a good job of explaining this.
That said, yeah you can only have like 5-6 conversations visible at a time, maybe a tiled cards style would work better and solve both problems.
No Bots Please commented
I want to like Teams but the lack of density makes it so difficult.
My company has a ton of different teams and they are not going away. We have teams for technologies (i.e., Data Center, Cloud, Storage, etc., etc.), we have teams for various internal groups, we have teams for individual customers, we have teams for specific projects, etc.
Teams collapses everything almost immediately so I have to click on every **** thing to see anything. It drives me crazy.
Notifications suck. I can’t tell whether or not a channel under a team has been updated without clicking on every **** thing again. I have to constantly unhide channels in order to see them.
Slack does this reasonably well--certainly better than Teams does. In Slack I can click on All Unreads and, well, see everything that is unread. Activity *could* do that, but it doesn’t actually and I can’t figure out why.
Microsoft has never been shy about copying from other companies before--why haven’t you done this with Teams yet?