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.
Paula Colloty commented
I would like to add that we have a number of feeds coming into our teams channel and these take up way too much real estate. We're lucky if we can see three on the screen. We just need to know that something has arrived as opposed to all the detail.
Still waiting x 5...
Michael Cross commented
The Teams UI is awful. Please get something more compact out even if it isn't fully finished.
also support, " leave voice message".
Just get it done. The current UI is pretty bad. Software engineering 101, keep it simple and stupid.
Accuraty / Jeremy commented
Ben, you are not alone. I follow 5+ topics on here that get almost daily posts (laments) now. I once had hope. Now, just searing bitterness. I wish I knew a tech insider tipster or something. I'd love for this massive failure to make the headlines on Ars or something.
Every time I open Slack for any reason I openly weep at how much simpler and beautiful online collaboration used to be and curse being trapped in this prison of awkward spacing and weird thread replies. Days have turned to weeks, to months and nothing ever changes. I look out the window and see birds fly in the sky and am reminded of the freedom that is not mine. My joy at seeing their freedom turns to bitter pain and misery as I realize I can still not chat with someone in this tool without switching between meta tabs and that I have to scroll until my joints ache in order to see what is happening in a conversation. I am fettered to the earth with the chains of broken promises made by Microsoft usability groups. They tell me things will be better soon. They lie. Nothing has any meaning anymore. Please fix.
The current Teams UI is not user or conversation friendly. Having to switch back and forth between chats and teams is counterproductive. I know you have just go a copy the Slack UI, but they really had it right with their navigation bar;
Subscribed channels at the top
Direct Messages at the bottom
Even the channel layout in Teams is cumbersome, you show the team and then the channels, but if a team has one channel, since you currently cannot create private channels within a team you have these gawdly drop downs. Honestly the navaigation should be:
Team - Channel and that is all you see not:
This is basically a joke at this point. No updates or ETA, just soon from >1 month ago. I'm sure (hopefully) it's because they're ironing out the details, but we need some kind of update..
Please include a compact view or zoomed out view that allows for viewing more content at a time as well as a lower level of padding.
Kevin Kolk commented
Please define "soon" since it's been over a month since you said it was coming and nearly a year before this obvious deficiency was identified.
Also personally "Gutters reduced" should read - Gutters eliminated.
Still waiting x 4...
hi is this still in development or rolled out?
is it possible to modify layout via stylesheets/skins?
would be interesting on a more condensed look
Sri kalyan commented
Angus McDonald commented
Absolutely, if we are to replace S4B with T then we need them to be similarly lightweight when we need them to be.
Still waiting x 3...
How about left voice message?
I would agree this is the biggest complaint from my users ( The look )
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