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.
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Density for sure. I know the request to move the reply button just got declined, but it would be so easy and so good for horizontal density to put the reply button in the top right of the conversation, instead of along the whole bottom. At least make it an option
DENSITY! I should be able to see more than 7 single line messages in a maximized 1080p window. Like, far more than 7. Like... 40-50 single line messages. Like IRC. The current design caters too hard to this weird "teehee! I'm at work to have fun! I can post memes and pretend I'm having casual facebook conversations with chat bubbles!" vibe. Leave the "fun" tool designs to phones/tablets/non-work software.
Agree... this issue is inhibiting migration from Slack in my environment as well.
Density overall first is what I vote fore.
When I add paragraphe/code for some log-text. Then I don't want a small box to view it in. Especially when I max out the window on screen. I want see as much data/text as possible view-able. (It would be fine for me if I just could dubble klick the box with "code"text and get that full screen for example. Or Teams would just send the "coded" text to my favorit notepad and open it up in fullscreen that would work fine too)
Have a nice day.
Mark Burdick commented
Echoing exactly what everyone below has said. If there was a mode where the time stamp was where the person's picture is in the chat, their name is in-line with that and the message in-line with that (apart from special formatting cases like code, etc.), and it was not in the 'text bubble' format, I'd be very happy. Basically, I want Slack's Compact Chat mode.
Shaun Wells commented
Can you not add some voting buttons to gauge what is the more popular option. I agree with a lot of the comments, that both are really required, but I do favour density over compact.
Please allow both to be enabled at the same time. I want no wasted screen space, and I want efficient use of the space that is used.
Literally all you have needed to do all this time is make it about the same as slack in the use of space. Hard to believe you've wasted more than a year without acting in a meaningful way.
Grahame Broadbelt commented
my vote would be Compact. We are transitioning from Slack to Teams for a range of reasons which include integration with file handling, collaborative working and integrated tools (diaries, meetings, calls etc.)
but our biggest challenge is that Slack just looks a lot nicer. Teams needs to catch up with the look and feel.
Andrew Edney commented
Most of the time I have Teams running on a small (1024x600) USB connected screen which is my "chat window" so having a compact view would help me greatly - but I'm probably an edge case in that respect. When I do put Teams on a proper screen (e.g. a QHD one) then the density argument wins out - so much unused screen space :-(
Gordon Rehling commented
Our vote is to radically improve density for the desktop + widescreen monitor(s) use case. Given the amount of space wasted at the moment this will require significant changes. If you're going to do this in small iterations then please get them out in rapid succession as you're going to need a few of them!
Does it have to be all or nothing. HipChat allows the user to choose text density.
Most definitely density! On a 1920 x 1080 monitor I'm able to have Outlook and Slack perfectly usable side by side taking up 50% of the screen each. Teams on the other hand is next to useless unless it's using the full screen, and even then I have to keep switching to it to expand conversations
[Deleted User] commented
Density, like an IRC chat!
Density. Ideally I would like to turn off anything but actual messages, basically ending up with an IRC client.
Patrick Aalders commented
For me (and my colleagues) it's mainly the "Density". The developers usually have a 2nd or 3rd screen where they either put their e-mail or MS Teams. For that screen being at least Full-HD resolution, there is so much space unused. So little information on your single monitor which is, especially in channels, very annoying because you need to scroll a lot if you missed just a few sentences from different people.
Density for sure...
Jukka Martikainen commented
Maciej Michałek commented
Density. Just look at SLACK. Without losing clarity they've build better interface.