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.
So, I've compacted the inbox as much as I can using conditional formatting (by the way, why is there no option to stop "unread" items being bold?) so why can't I get the "message preview" turned off on the sent items? Computer thinks it is, I can see it isn't! Grr, one of the many many things I hate about the new format that's causing me to miss emails.
Not buying it commented
Absolutely unbelievable that Microsoft have STILL failed to provide such a basic and necessary view after all these years. "Working on it"... why put such obvious BS in writing?
Please allow to put the time, sender and message text into a single line, without huge margin around and without the avatar. Also please allow to align all messages to the left side only and let them to use all the space from the very left to the very right side of the window.
The current layout looks like a sausage in the middle of a huge monitor while there is more unused space than the text itself (640 px of unused space on the left, 40 px for avatar, 760 px of text, 680 px of unused space on the right). I can see only about 20 lines of pure content of messages on 2560x1600 display! A small piece of code is wrapped into even bigger white margin block, I have to scroll horizontally to see all the code block content while the is so much of unused space on left and right side!
I'm now forced to use Teams in our company and I'm highly disappointed. It looks like a childish chat for teenagers for whom it's enough to smudge their fingers on smartphone displays, it lacks basic features and possibility of any customization which all other free messaging communicators have. I'm sorry, but it doesn't look like a paid product for professionals who need real usability and not just a "cool look". Please do something with it!
Stan Borbat commented
We send audit trail notifications to Teams using the WebHook connector. Each notification is an emoji with a short line of text. In Slack these used to take up little space and were easy to follow. In Teams, each notification takes up three lines, and has quite a bit of margin:
I wish I could make these channels more compact and usable for tailing these notifications. Currently I can see 6 lines at most, but there's enough space for 30.
Agree, why not overlay the comments over the presentation/video in a readable color
Skype use to group all our individual text conversations in one window where we could see if somebody has mentioned something. having to have ten individual windows open clutter up the screen is a real P.I.T.A. Can we get teams to do the same thing.
Being forced to switch to Teams from SFB is causing major complaints from our 1700 users. The screen space is crazy. We need the option for a "mini mode" or something similar where it's just a chat list with pop-out windows. Not being able to just keep a small Skype window on top during the workday, and instead open a full screen app that is wasting half of the available screen space is taking us backwards in productivity.
This is unbelievable. How can this be under review still after being almost done about 2 years ago was it not. Was it about that long @Sean Ellis?
Peter Gioia commented
Agreed. Please note this is not a "nice to have" but a major usability improvement.
Joe Ferreira commented
I need the popout windows and the normal windows to be able to tile on a 1920x1080 and 1080x1920 resolution. I use monitors in portrait mode and the popout windows overlap.
Johan Jacob Mohr commented
Yes please. A compact lay out. Old ***** like myself need quite large fonts in order to read, and use only one monitor. So - please: a compact design so that MS teams can co-exist with other programs. After all - Microsoft make Windows (plural).
Please expedite this function. Since SKYPE is being discontinued organizations are forced to move to Teams to replace the simple chat function. SKYPE chat experience was ideal with the simple contact list and separate chat windows popping out. Please add this function to Teams for masses who are using this tool for chat only.
we beg you please make teams more lighter i use ut for school and i have a very low end computer i just cant do anything else i mean i cant run anyother program other than teams
it literally lags my computer for 10 seconds when i try to turn on my webcam
Sean Ellis commented
1274 days since you first said you were working on it.
599 days since you said you weren't working on it any more.
174 days since you said it was under review.
2 days it took people here to implement it.
Teams is lagging out my laptop most of the time I use it.. its eating my CPU and Memory.. only thing I use it for is chat
We are switching from SKYPE to Teams and I find the inability to not close chats a bit unnerving...
Angus Wong commented
in the meantime, i would use "Zoon Out" Ctrl + -, to minimize view to make it compact enough
Can we get an update on this feature or at least an idea on what's being implemented/reviewed? It has been really a long time to get any friction on this.
Good news is that after moving to slack waiting for this, slack allows you to change the width of the left nav and right side bar. That only took them 4 years, but at least they did it.
I still cannot believe absolutely not a single thing has been done on this.