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.
UI/UX with slow interactions in Teams should be a top priority for Microsoft. Once it's done right Slack will have no chance.
This is the biggest issue that has been keeping us from moving over from slack, you'd migrate so many users if you fixed it
majority of people use at least 1920x1080 monitors now, and at full screen, the left and right whitespaces/margins around the chat area is more than half the width of the chat area itself. And if I zoom out one step (Ctrl - once), chat area takes less than half of the screen.
How about prioritize getting rid of that left right margins around chat area? you'll see more chats that way; it won't make Teams look unprofessional; it won't look like an app designed decades ago for smaller screens; and I can't imagine that would be a lot of work; small impact, small work, big value.
Sean Ellis commented
Another 4 months go by.
No design goals.
No evidence of any consideration of this idea at all.
No surprise from the 16000 users who voted for this idea.
No trust in your development process.
Show us your working. On second thought, just show us you're working.
Just do this, cant be that hard
Sean Ellis commented
@Paul O'Brien - Ctrl+Zoom just makes everything smaller - it does not increase the density. It also doesn't work in a detached chat window!
Can you make it so the chats between team members can be deleted? It's annoying to see old messages from everyone
If could be possible to close individual chats, in fact to not have any feature open upon launch other than the navigation panel on the left, that would be great! I've searched and searched and there seems to be nowhere which advises a 'home' page or been able to click X to close an aspect after using it.
This is the biggest issue that has been keeping us from moving over from slack.
WOW here we are June, so far this Teams thing is a VERY poor replacement, can't even close a chat really, so basically anybody standing over your shoulder can read it unless you change windows, REALLY??? You sure would think Microsoft would have a little higher standard then this POS!!!
Please provide a way for people to use different style sheets. The darkmode is terrible and not everyone wants to see the default style. A full screen teams app on a 4K monitor is so full of empty space.
I would prefer an IRC client.
Paul O'Brien commented
In the meantime, try <Ctrl>+Scroll Wheel when you're in the Chats interface to set a zoom level that exposes more of the chats.
I cant click the vote button enough times for this!!! Make it more compact.
As a brand new user of Teams, one of the first things I noticed was the clunky nature of the desktop app. It should be more customizable for compactness. In particular, it should be more scalable for width and height on a desktop. Teams needs to be unobtrusive unless I'm actively using it. In order to use it efficiently as is, I plan on purchasing a separate display. Thanks!
I have to designate an entire display just for Teams. We use it so heavily for files, Teams (groups) and constant communication between our techs and engineers. What is the ETA on this because it has been a topic since 2018.
It would also be helpful to have it sort from A-Z. We have had this last request from many of our customers we have gotten on board with using Teams.
Martin Haluza commented
Hurry up, please!
We need to have at least 10 messages on the screen at once, ideally more like 15.
When media is posted it needs to be collapsible.
Completely agree that you guys need to follow the benchmark that Slack is setting in this area.
Scott Schwalm commented
"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."
It has been almost 3 1/2 years since this issue was opened and it is still under review. How hard is it to look at slack and see how they have their UI layed out? Really?!?! Get rid of some margins, reduce whitespace, and give the user some freedom like resizing areas of the UI. It shouldn't have take 3 1/2 years to get here.
Seems like this a widespread UI with many MS apps now... Phone/Tablet spacing/sizing is projected onto desktop UI and result is extremely low density of information, dramatically limiting usefulness. E.g. same philosophy showing up in Azure DevOps UI too...