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.
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.
John Cowart commented
Since you brought up Slack, now they'll have to work on this.
John Neiberger commented
Yes, please do this! We're moving from Slack to Teams and, sorry, I really dislike it a lot, and much of that is because of the UI. It's not as intuitive or as clean as Slack. An improved UI would be be really helpful to those of us forced to transition to it.
Anderson Fortaleza commented
It should not be hard, guys. mIRC has been doing it for 25 years.
Please please please do this. It is hands down the worst thing when compared to Slack. It makes me want to go back to Slack every time I have to use Teams.
What are you waiting for? The UI is just trash. I'm using it fullscreen and I can only see 6 messages. WTF?
Yeah, once I was in a forum way back when (1990s) There where people were complaining about the fact that outlook did not bold the tree all the way up on folders with unread messages in it so you could easily find them. Old programs like Eudora could do it, but as you see, Microsoft doesn't like people complaining about their products and almost arrogantly refuse to update them with what their customers ask for.
Also the integration notifications like Jira are enormous...
Jérôme Pouiller commented
The whole Teams UI is just garbage. This bug is the most relevant but there are tons of others. More globally, Teams is very not suited for professional user (see also https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/34678612-empower-developers-make-teams-useful-for-profes ).
The Interface experience is not very intuitive. Coming from Slack or even Discord, teams feels so behind the curve.
I have to click 3 links to get to the "Posts" which is where the main collaboration happens. Right now it feels like I am browsing a website designed in Microsoft Frontpage with 3 Frames.
Make Posts the focal point, like the chat your greeted with when joining a discord channel or slack channel. Give it a userlist, remove the stupid Sharepoint link interfaces at the top of each window. I hate that it remembers what tab you were on last so clicking "General Chat" doesn't immediately show the latest chat/posts. Instead its on Files or another random tab for that channel.
Theres too many tabs everywhere.
Condense , compact, minimalise the interface.
Right now, even IRC clients from the 00's were more intuitive that teams.