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.
Thank you for your feedback. The team is currently planning for this work, we will share an update as soon as one is available.
This is an issue not only with chat but also for video conference when using one screen.
Teams is pretty good, except ... speed. It takes up too much screen real estate and too much system resources. Its just bloody slow. No PC app should need to be touched 5 times to register the cursor in focus. I shouldn't be able to outtype the cursor and have to wait for it to catch up. Not since early MS-DOS have I had that issue.
as my company comes onboard with Teams, performance is dragging. Really need to speed up the UI. Its a discussion tool, doesn't need to be full of whistles.
Soo much wasted space.
It's because they care about making things for tablets and phones, and are abandoning the PC users. So sad.
C Thompson commented
i had to check that i didn't open this item, i feel this is a serious usability issue... not quite enough to get my vote right now, but i would like to understand the roadmap for sure.
Christian Paredes commented
How much longer do we need to wait? I also can't believe this thread is still open after being in the top 5 requests for the past 5 years. We are still on Slack after all this time because microsoft is not able to perform such a simple task.
This item is open since 4,5 years now and it's been in the top 5 for as long as I can remember: Is MS trying to test how much pain they can inflict before users convince their companies to move away again? I like " we've been paying for 365 that includes Teams and still prefer Slack" so in case somebody has problem selling Teams they should wonder why it is that customers still spend their money elsewhere, here is a big one, besides the usual MS vendor lock-in ...
Mikal Grant commented
I don't understand the complexity behind this ask. I would assume this update is very small. There is so much wasted space and the contacts pane isn't collapsible to make room for long messages. Instead, long messaged must be scrolled through...yet there is this space already waiting to help make chats wider if MS would just utilize it. Come on. It's 2021. Responsive design should be second nature.
Aj Bilden commented
wait. so no "compact" mode? this is 2021 right?
Luis Garcia commented
I can't believe this thread is still open after being in the top 5 requests for the past 5 years. We are still on Slack after all this time because MS can't find the tool to extract their heads out of their behinds. The kicker is we've been paying for 365 that includes Teams and still prefer Slack over having it included in our plan. Unreal.
Five years, five years... That's not serious at all.
Seeing that, I guess that people who use Teams are only the ones forced by their company, other people who have the opportunity would just run away...
Our business just uninstalled Skype to force us to use Teams. Spent a while trying to find out how to set 'compact mode', then found this user voice.
How long has this voice been open? And you're still asking for surveys to make it look like you're doing something?
Sort it out Microsoft. This really isn't good enough.
The worst part, IMO, is that the window has to be so wide to show the side bar with contacts. I don't need a wide window for text chat, my primary device is a phone which is veeeery compact horizontally. Take some tips from there
Nathan Evans commented
I'd love to see the designs even if I can't complete a survey. Just curious about the direction.
Please don't implement Michael Hoffman's suggestions about unlimited flexibility. That's Zoom's biggest weakness. I can't stand the constant shifting of layouts, views, full screen, then people on the top and flyouts on the right. Zoom is a mess. They made flexibility a negative, not a positive.
OK, so it's been a month since the design survey closed, and over 4 years since the inception of this request. It is the 5th most voted on idea on UserVoice. Can we PLEASE get some timely traction on this? Having a 28" monitor running 1080p, Teams shows literally half the content I can view in similar conversations in Slack's compact mode.
Just a reminder, I keep this set of CSS modifications to Teams up to date and it's free :) it compacts Teams down and makes it look more like Slack: https://userstyles.org/styles/165569/slack-teams
Feedback is always welcome!
Five. Years. Later.
Gavin Greenwalt commented
It's the year 2030. Microsoft has acquired Discord for $50B. Humanity has reached the stars and merged with a global AI.
A simple hello in Microsoft Teams still takes up half of your screen.
Andrew Zhilin commented
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I would prefer not to see a chat from 3 days ago, just to keep the Contacts pane open. I just want to know my team members availability from the Contacts list. Please make it so, that it doesn't take half a screen just to keep Teams open. If not, I'll find another platform to run in. I can't spare that much screen real estate.