How can we make Microsoft Teams better?

Compact mode

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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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why still planned? As a simple step how hard is it to trim out some blank space? More than two years later and we're still waiting.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I responded to your survey and I was also wondering why all the questions about sidenav and none about the real issue: 6 messages and chat needs scrolling.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please also take a "Teams Calling Compact Mode" into consideration for a compact mode view.

    There are still some users at customers (in Germany) who'd like to go for or already have Teams (Calling) but need not the complete rich feature client view but a view to make (pstn) calls quickly or change their call settings quickly (e.g. call forwarding, call device …). This would help my customers to adopt Teams telephony faster especially if the respective customer strives to replace his legacy PBX.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I responded to your survey - but howcome there was nothing in there about what THIS feature request is about "Compact mode in CHAT" - the survey included features for teams and channel compactness, but nothing on CHAT - which is the KEY issue still?

  • Ahmed Salam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please hurry.. improve the chat.... its really boring in Teams...

    Apart from that the Notification feature.. how it is currently implemented is really troublesome.

    I use Teams heavily at work, I have multiple Teams that I'm a member of... the list of long..
    When there's an update or mention I have to scroll up and down the list of Team names to see which Teams got the update... This is very inconvenient. Additionally the "Activity" icon is not doing a nice job when theres update on multiple Teams that Im a member of.
    Suggestion for UI improvement
    - Show on the "Teams" icon the number of updates I have
    - When clicked List all the team name under the label "Recently Updated" This will allow the user to focus on the Teams that has an updates. and eliminate the use of scrolling.
    - Each Team name should show the number of Updates I have on that...
    - When clicked on the Team name it can show all the updates I have

  • Anggiar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Submitted the survey. Things looking pretty good regarding to the Team/Channel layout, but there is still nothing about the Chat pane itself!

    I seconded Kris motion (below me), mimicking Slack is enough for now. It will not be a creative decision, but it WILL give Teams a Fighting chance, if what we have now is what All Ms. Team can offer, it will be dead soon, it will be not a better alternative for Mail.


  • Kris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I second the remark regarding the survey. #1 priority should be to make the messages/chat pane MUCH more compact.

    Hurry up!

    Make it a feature than can be optionally enabled in the chat window and you'll make a lot of people happy while you do all of the other stuff. The folks that want it will turn it on. Just mimic slack's layout for now. Easy.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you for doing a survey on some layout options for teams. However, the survey does not address the requested feature here: this is about the *chat* layout.

    A compact mode, e.g. like Skype for business looks today, would be much appreciated for teams (incl. single chat window for 1 chat with 1 person)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any way to avoid the "See More" link on each message? I just want to read everything without extra clicking.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If MS Teams is replacing Skype for Business, it needs to make accommodations for people who use this for business. This means the ability to have the app screen not take up any more real estate on a laptop than Skype for Business. The app should be scalable to whatever works for the user.

  • Chris Stevens commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If we could at least get all the chat messages on the left side of the screen rather than the left/right thing it would be a significant improvement.

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Team channel chat history is way too cluttered (boxes around every message with always visible Reply icons and everything. Look at how Slack presents chat logs and copy them -- their presentation is way easier to read.

  • Graeme commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree. Just trying to get my team to migrate to Teams from Slack and lots of grumbling about the look and feel. Far too much whitespace, left hand side bar is huge and takes up 1/4 of the screen with no ability to minimize / condense.

    Looks like there's a lot of coverage in terms of integrations and apps, I like the fact that I can make calls and present directly in the product etc., but the look and feel needs work.

    Some themes and basic ability to hide / show sidebars etc. would be a huge improvement.

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