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.
Henk Nicolai commented
Right now the UI of Microsoft Teams is far too wasteful with its available screen space. I can see only about 6 messages in a channel when the app is maximized. And that is the actual content I'm interested in. The rest is occupied by whitespace, icons, all those reply buttons, a couple of title/caption bars which could have been merged together. I would love to see some improvements in this area.
When I have Teams open to use it wants to use the whole screen. Even when you shrink the screen, you can't see your team list or users. When I use an app like this (and I do daily) I am usually referring to other things that I am working on and would like to be able to see it without having to minimize Teams. The other app I use has a nice small interface that does not take up so much screen real estate and has way less white space.
Jeff Taynton commented
I find the messages/conversations much less friendly to look at and read than Slack. Too much wasted space and too boxy. KISS.
The three themes for Microsoft Teams are fine colour-wise, however seem incredibly space inefficient.
Too much padding/margin around each element. Would be nice if we had a more 'compact' theme to allow for more messages to appear on the screen at once.
The variable size of conversations also make the UI messy and hard to follow.
Take a look at flowdock and how they display the full flow, it both looks and works much better than the current MT flow
Coming from Slack, the sheer amount of wasted space is not only an eyesore, it is genuinely more difficult to consume channel conversations!
There's too much wasted real estate in the desktop app/web layout. Needs to be more compact and easier to read & follow.
Robin Sanner commented
Agreed. Teams messages don't clump together like they do in slack. if nobody responds between my posts it would be nice it they clumped together and didn't take up so much screen real estate.
Panos Kotsonas commented
Working with teams is very unpleasant visually.
You definitely need to create a compact view.
Individual blocks distract, there is too much space below and above text, too much space taken by new conversation box and the worse is the huge reply button and block.
Very unpleasant to look at and good enough reason to go back to alternatives for now.
Try this as a test:
Look at the screen quickly and try to focus on the messages and replies.
It is impossible to take a quick look and get your eye to fall on the actual messages. The closest thing to what is needed is the high contrast theme but inverted.
Matthew Aznoe commented
Absolutely agree with all comments here. I like my messaging window to be visible on a portion of my screen without interfering with the rest of my work (Visual Studio, my browser, SQL studio, etc.) Therefore screen real estate is at a premium.
There should also be an option to display emoticons and images as smaller images or thumbnails that you can click to expand if you so choose.
The fixed "reply" line should definitely be removed, e.g. replaced by a reply-icon or similar on the individual message section, instead of on a dedicated full horizontal line
Erik Umenhofer commented
The new skype suffers from this issue as well. Even on a huge monitor, the actual chat area only takes up like 60% of the screen. when it should be variable or much larger.
Good suggestion. I think it would be cool to configure threaded vs not threaded per channel.
I'll refrain from posting screenshots of every chat app on the market that's gotten this right.
I'm on board with everyone else who's suggested this, but wanted to add a new topic to draw a big circle around how important it is.
If you're trying to make a slack clone... just copy slack. Stop trying to be new and hip and build what people like using, not what you think they may find useful. Microsoft is historically always wrong when it comes to this stuff.
Reduce the vertical padding by literally all of it and that's one step in the right direction.
Kris Phillips commented
Agree, there is A LOT of wasted real estate and it leads a clunky feel. Condensed content for a crisper cleaner feel would be prefered - or perhaps a condensed view to toggle between if some people prefer.
the interface uses WAY too much space both horizontally and vertically within the native app/browser for ... nothing.
I wouldn't want to have 4 lines of chat log on the screen but a gazillion lines. At least the following enterprise grade chat apps do it:
The colors, etc. are eye pleasing but on a 2560x1440 screen there are not enough lines shown :(
Carl Olsen commented
I came here just for that, the interface is clumsy and take way too much space. Same for the phone apps, you can barely see 5 text on the screen vs slack where I can see 9-10 messages. Add a compact view is a must.
Jianguo Jiang commented
the chat message are threaded, many time, we just want flat list of message of the conversation, much easier to back track