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.
Skype for Business had a very good slim chat window. Take a look at your own product.
Remove the headshots from messages
Remove icons from messages
Remove white space
Remove all of the fancy fonts
I should be able to see 40 or more lines of text on the screen at a time on a desktop, 20 lines on a phone, 40 lines on a tablet.
Remove all the empty space. Left align the messages instead of having them in the middle with lots of empty space to the left and right.
Glen Stark commented
I agree with the OP
On my laptop I can see 5, maybe 6 messages in Teams. Slack and Riot I can see twice to three times that number.
Teams has lots of great options and capabilities, but I will never be able to convince our company to use it as a primary communication tool with a UI that makes such inefficient use of space.
Why on earth is the title bar of the teams window 2-4 times the size of a "normal" application? On my 27" WUXGA Monitor the title bar is 1,5cm high!!!!!!
please elevate this request
What an absolute joke. This issue is from 2016.
We can now pop out a chat, however for some bizarre reason, the window has a FIXED minumum size. We should be able to scale down the window size to be horizontally and vertically thin (if we want to).
If UI elements within the window (eg on a popout chat window) scaled down responsively, that would be even better.
UI/UX with slow interactions in Teams should be a top priority for Microsoft. Once it's done right Slack will have no chance.
This is the biggest issue that has been keeping us from moving over from slack, you'd migrate so many users if you fixed it
majority of people use at least 1920x1080 monitors now, and at full screen, the left and right whitespaces/margins around the chat area is more than half the width of the chat area itself. And if I zoom out one step (Ctrl - once), chat area takes less than half of the screen.
How about prioritize getting rid of that left right margins around chat area? you'll see more chats that way; it won't make Teams look unprofessional; it won't look like an app designed decades ago for smaller screens; and I can't imagine that would be a lot of work; small impact, small work, big value.
Sean Ellis commented
Another 4 months go by.
No design goals.
No evidence of any consideration of this idea at all.
No surprise from the 16000 users who voted for this idea.
No trust in your development process.
Show us your working. On second thought, just show us you're working.
Just do this, cant be that hard
Sean Ellis commented
@Paul O'Brien - Ctrl+Zoom just makes everything smaller - it does not increase the density. It also doesn't work in a detached chat window!
Can you make it so the chats between team members can be deleted? It's annoying to see old messages from everyone
If could be possible to close individual chats, in fact to not have any feature open upon launch other than the navigation panel on the left, that would be great! I've searched and searched and there seems to be nowhere which advises a 'home' page or been able to click X to close an aspect after using it.
This is the biggest issue that has been keeping us from moving over from slack.