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.
We want to engage with clients through this and without the ability to customize colors at a minimum its not going to work for us long term
I really want to close or delete some conversations permanently.
I cannot understand why this is not possible.
Sabir Rohan Quazi commented
Yeah it really needs a compact mode ! Slack is also so much less demanding on the battery compared to teams. Also you should add a highlight pen during screen share ! Like slack such at great tool for mobprogramming remote!
Why are you guys so slow in your development process Alex? Jesus...
james cunningham commented
Clearly Microsoft still doesn't give a **** about its users when it claims to have tested this UI, but failed to see the enormous amount of short-sightedness that has been implemented before (with the time-wasting RIBBON vs a MENUBAR)
My firm was using the recently acquired Skype for business and the only gripe I had was it not immediately recognizing an Active Directory logon and requiring a separate (but same) credential logon (particularly on VPN)
The only tab I have used in skype is the USERS 'online status' tab that I Have loaded with my daily/weekly contacts and allows me to launch an immediate chat from that view by double clicking the contact name.
That contact window shows 5 people in its smallest compact list, the only similar window in Teams is the 'Calls' window which only reveals 2 full names (when likewise squeezed to its smallest size which is twice the screen footprint of skype) and can not be used to immediately launch a chat window, the chat option is hidden in the 3 dot (shell game )
""Until this design is solidified", when will that be?".....probably same ending date as this stupid virus lock down...NEVER!
Forced to move over to this application. It's absolutely a mess.Was previously using Cisco Jabber. You could close and re-open chats as needed rather than having this ginormous list of chats open that you didn't need. Every new chat or other item only adds to the clutter. I absolutely hate this thing. Did we go back in time or something?
Anderson Fortaleza commented
"Until this design is solidified", when will that be?
Rebecca Bayer commented
the mini screen that comes up during a Teams chat freezes up on my screen...just sitting there, on top of everything else and won't go away! Is there a fix for this other than having to restart my computer all the time?
Sean Ellis commented
It's now been 6 weeks since you announced you were working on a design. (Actually, it's been 2.5 years since you announced that "We spent months testing designs with users".)
Can you wave the back of a napkin at us? Show us some evidence that the design is being worked on? Show us what you mean by "compact"? Give us a chance to respond at an early stage? Show us you value your users? Give us some reason to trust you?
Last time, you got all the way to the Big Release and then showed us a view with *less* information on the screen - the precise opposite of what we asked for. Show us stuff early. Show us sketches. Show us... well, anything at all.
I'd definitely like the option to customize the themes. I don't think that they look professional and I am not a fan of the purple and black dark theme.
Tom Moody commented
Teams current configuration is WAY to bulky and takes up too much real estate. Skype was bad enough with the changes made from Lync to Skype. Teams is a Monstrosity and given the choice of teams or no chat, I would take no chat.
I still can't believe this isn't done. The simplest thing.
Teams user commented
So.. how about you gusy actually let us customzie the layout, sicne thsi is obviously not working in a any productive way at all. Have you seen the padding? The useless timestamps and names?
Paul Acevedo commented
The smallest allowable width is too wide - want to be able to resize horizontally to about half the smallest width so I can see just a compact contacts list a la Skype.
If they could at least reduce the window size. that would be easy!!! It is taking up more than half the width and height of the display.
The minimum width of Telegram messenger is half the width of Teams and is perfect in size and density! I can have 4-5 windows on the display and stay efficient without alt-tabbing each time.
Danny Spell commented
This idea goes back to 2016. Now it is 2020. Why no action?
APPARENTLY, Microsoft does not care about the users.
UserVoice is a joke.
A bad joke.
Danny Spell commented
Need the option to collapse the channel pane. It takes up too much screen space.
Anush Madathodiyil commented
Very true. Need to improve a lot in chat lay out. Current setup as in the problem statement is not professional.