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’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
Deepak Magoo commented
1. Search & second bar under left navigation occupies lot of area. It would be nice if we can toggle the visibility of this bar alike we can do in Planner, Power BI and others.
2. Under Files tab, there must be feature of search alike we get in SharePoint web interface. This is a very basic feature and we don't want user to go to SharePoint for this ask.
Any possibility to customize \ shrink font sizes?
The entire package takes up too much screen real estate.
No way to search.
Love it otherwise.
Diego Morales commented
It's great that you are doing heavy research on it and all. Cool, go for it. But can't you add another view options sooner? Then measure what people are actually using. If optionally removing the threads feature is hard, than at least provide another a more-compact-with-threads option.
For people used to slack/xmpp/irc (most IT/dev professionals), the ridiculous amount of wasted space in Teams interface is beyond bad, is DISGUSTING. Besides being totally inneficient.
And I thought that threads could be nice and I try to use them, but I am getting to the conclusion that they are just confusing, some people replying on the thread, other creating another thread... it's a mess, and MOST DEFINITELY, it does NOT compesate for the amount of wasted space.
Please hurry to solve this. (oh I am trying to convince my people to switch to slack, but you got the high ground here now, so how about not loosing that oportunity?)
can you make a more compact chat template, like Slack?
Any updates? Really need a refreshed UI to better utilize screen estate.
Replace the incipid purple and lilac with a darker colour with more contrast
When in compact mode, do not display the navigation drawer unless the mouse is clicked it is very confusing when it opens by simply moving the mouse.
Improve the antialiasing of the navigation menu icons.
Basically, make it look professional.
Daniel Chick commented
How is testing going? What do the test users think of the changes?
I agree the visual aspect of TEAMS is severely lacking and much of the screen is just wasted screen space. Look at Slack and improve upon it.
Jonathan Vanasse commented
Need compact layout. any ETA ?
Dallas de Marr commented
For the love of God, just be Slack. That's all we want. It doesn't matter that Slack did it first. Our jobs are forcing and hamstringing some of us into using your software when we'd rather be using Slack. Just give us the option of a layout as compact as that of Slack, and you'll hit it out of the park. Please, please, don't try to reinvent a hexagonal wheel.
Is there a schedule behind this feature? A bit more than a month ago a praised the agile and fast response to the demand of creating a compact and information rich chat layout. Today i just keep saying that we wait for important features over and over again.
I agree with the comments about the left column/navigation being too big and limiting the usefulness of the 'tabs'.
Please allow the ability to collapse the left column/navigation.
John Kolstad commented
Kit: I just noticed that the left column does collapse, but only if the window is resized to less than 950 pixels width :)
Been a month now since the Twitter Q&A (useless btw, you just have to look at Slack), any update?
There is a lot of wasted space in the chat view - provide a way to enable a condensed view.
- Catching up requires a lot of scrolling
- You can view less in a single view - more scrolling
Unused real estate left and right of chat area... consider moving username and timestamp into this area to allow additional vertical space for textual content.
For one-on-one chats, please allow me the option to left align the conversation.
Consider colored username rather than wrapping chat responses in colored bubbles.
Configurability--there is no reason not to allow users to customize the look of their Teams experience. Maybe some people like big, blocky inefficient text bubbles. Allow others to eliminate margins and compact their content to maximize usage of real estate.
Too much whitespace, font too large, names and times take up whole line. Reply doesn't need a whole line, having that as an option on the right would free up space.
Too musg wasted space, need closer margin space and text span to entire screen and left align please
UI is alot of improvement
For me part of it is having private channels so i don't have to have several teams. It gets very cluttered when i see to many teams.