Please create a professional compact chat layout!
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 still working on this. There won’t be one huge update, but instead we will release small updates over time which will help with the request.
There are two things in particular we are focusing on. One being an increase in density and two, a more compact mode.
“Density” would be a reduction of the overall white space you see on your screen.
“Compact” would be more about a reduction in overall size which is most beneficial to smaller screens and mobile devices.
I would be interested in seeing in the comments which piece feels more important to you all. The density or compact view?
If you could comment and let me know, it would be helpful information to provide to the feature team!
Thank you for all your suggestions and feedback!
Sean Ellis commented
Just to ram home the extent of the problem, I have uploaded an annotated screen shot at http://www.moteprime.org/images/Microsoft%20Teams%20Quarter%20Screen%20Example.png
This is a quarter-screen window (800x600 on my monitor) which leaves me space for other conversations and activities. The total window area is 480,000 pixels
The red areas indicate the content I am actually interested in while engaged in this conversation. This totals roughly 47,500 pixels.
The useful information density in this window is therefore just below 10%.
Clearly, we still need things like window titles, and some UI elements, but a 4x increase in density should be achievable without too much fuss.
Angel Navarro commented
density!!! there are huge emojis that looks very bad
Annie Louden commented
Ismail Jones commented
make it compact first, then it will be easier to make dense
Scott F commented
Jack Ivy commented
Density by far
Hans-Henrik Jensen commented
+1 smaller screens
Look at Slack - Teams is almost unusable compared to Slack. Even Hip Chat was more usable with regards to information density.
Jeffrey Gilbert commented
Both. If someone forced me to compare the UX between Teams and Slack (pitchfork and torches over here when we made the change), the #1 complaint is regarding how little you can actually grok in Teams vs Slack because 1 line of text takes 27px in Slack and that same line takes 89px in Teams
Tree Casiano commented
+1 for density!
Ken Rappold commented
Emulate how Outlook collapses the folder pane (which is density I am guessing)
+1 for Density
Compared to Slack its to few information on the screen.
Jim Heys commented
Density seems like a bigger win to me
Daniel Britt commented
Alexey Klepikov commented
We desperately need density. No kidding, now it is not good in mobile version and below average in web version. Too much white space, lack of aggregation in mobile app chats.
Brandon Miller commented
Density would be the best first step. I would think that 90%+ of the users that use Teams currently are doing it via web or application. The mobile is the secondary.
Density! - Chiming in :)
Dimitris Chrysopoulos commented
Density for my company is the most important one for sure!