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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      • Adondriel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also, Mike. Contact me on twitter, @adondriel I wanna chat about finding a way to force this css to load in with the main app.

      • Adondriel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey Mike, thanks for making that stylus style! Love it! Isn't it a bit annoying that we can do that, long before MS can even be bothered to actually update the UI of the actual app? Wish we could find a way to load these types of style sheets into the actually application.

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've made some updates to my Stylus/Stylish (browser plugins) styles for Teams, I can't post a screenshot because I only have access to my company Teams channels and, well, they wouldn't like that :D Let me just say it's looking a lot more like Slack and a lot less like teams. Feel free to check it out here and let me know if anything needs tweaking!
        https://userstyles.org/styles/165569/slack-teams

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm seriously about to start lobbying our company to move to Slack. Teams interface is abhorrent

      • Derek_M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 on this request. Teams really only works well when you have the window very large or full screen, if you make it smaller (similar to SFB) then it starts cutting things off and you have to scroll. It should adapt to the size you have it better.

      • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well, I guess that's it. After 12 months of fruitlessly trying to our engineering team to use Teams, and being rebuffed repeatedly due to the state of the UI, we've deployed Slack instead.

        (This was also helped by Microsoft's forced downgrade from Skype 7 to Skype 8.)

        Takeup was immediate and enthusiastic. Slack has a compact mode option, which is pretty good, and can be made even more compact by CSS injection, a workaround which is not available in Teams.

        That's ~1000 customers gone. Partly because after 20 months you cannot deliver something as simple as editing some CSS to save some space.

        On the plus side, I won't be wasting my time or yours bothering the Teams or Skype teams any more.

        Goodbye everyone. It's been fun talking to you all.

      • Luke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When will we be able to switch between a person to person chat to a team chat without having to click 4 times? Right now you have to click Teams, then Team Name, then Channel, then you still have to click on the channel chat window so that the favorites sidebar slides out of the way. I know MS can do a better job with the UI/UX than this design. Current method is so cumbersome.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can a complete amateur apply for that position? I'm sure I won't make the Teams worse than it's now :-D

      • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Suphatra is leaving the Teams team. We wish her well, and call on the new holder of the user liaison role to update us on the progress of this simple and necessary feature.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The UI is so "great" that almost 99% of first time users use "Start new conversation" instead of "Reply". Please make the the UI elements even bigger, it's the best way to go.

      • S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree. The Teams UI is wasting a lot of space. More content could be shown per space, while still providing a clean and easy-to-handle look & feel.
        Actually, some of my team say that it's hard to follow conversations, especially because so less content is shown (and they are forced to focus on the Teams window to scroll up or to expand messages).
        This is one major reason why my colleagues (dev team of 20) want to move to Slack :(

      • M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Teams UI is an abomination. It's like communicating with sticky notes on a whiteboard. Allow a user to change their interface to allow for accessibility when required, but don't force everyone to read messages as if they were billboards.

      • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Aaron commented: "... when someone types more than 5 lines in a channel then their message is cut off with a "See More" button ..."

        That's a very good point, especially given the whole point of the program is to facilitate communication. Requiring action to be taken just to see a single message is just unbelievably ...
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