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.
Heidi Stevens commented
Planned for . . . when, exactly? I've got two huge monitors, and I still don't have enough room for Teams, because it's only ONE of the many tools I'm required to use at work. Also, please add some new themes, as it will make it much easier to differentiate between Teams, Slack, etc.
Luis Garcia commented
5 years waiting for this. We going for 6?
Alisa Anwer commented
Please please make the minimum size for the window WAY SMALLER, or just get rid of the minimum and allow us to make it as small as we like. The current minimum covers so much screen that I can't keep a chat open and see the other things I am doing simulatneously-- which is LUDICROUS considering I have three monitors. Any place I put teams, it obscures about a third of the monitor it is on, not to mention how much space it takes up on the laptop if I am away from my desk for work. Too BIG!
One very important issue: show all responses in a thread.
Its a conversation and its not helpful to only see the last thing said.
L. W. commented
I agree that the layout could be more user friendly and not have the long thread to scroll back to if needed.
Everytime I make a phonecall through Teams, the call window pop up covers around 80% of my screen, the things I need to discuss on the call are all hidden by this huge call window. Annoying.
And so much wasted space just for a blank block of blue.
It seems people working on Teams don't really use it themselves?
Re: smiley's take up half the screen
I have been deterred from using the gif and sticker features due to the fact that they are so large. If this suggestion is on the agenda, can Microsoft please at least incorporate a resizing option for animations while we wait for a compact mode?
I think that we should expect that the quality collaboration tools of old will never be out-matched or out-performed. Developers back then had physical restraints to keep their app within a certain amount of RAM. Today, 16 GB isn't even enough at times for something menial. This app is a testament to that. The fact that you can type faster than the app can keep up, it freezes and stutters, it has an abundance of blank space all over the app... and EVEN FULL SCREEN it still doesn't help. I miss the old days with more competent UX designers.
Just add a compact layout. I will never understand why all new apps consume this much screen estate. If your UX team think this large layout is the best default layout, at least give us an optional compact,dense layout. Seriously annoying.
I really wish there was a way to legislate illegality for a company to have a near-monopoly amount of marketshare combined with a clear absolute blatant neglect for what the purchasing parties consistently and repeatedly demand from them.
There is no denying that this thread is a testament to the fact that Microsoft does not give a single damn if their customers believe in them, at all. Its also a testament to the fact that uservoice itself is an absolute joke, similar to an idea box in a company whose management empties said idea box into the garbage and then goes out on their yacht for a vacation, and assumes the idea box will make the employees feel warm, fuzzy and listened to (assuming they cherry pick a few that are in line with what they were already planning, to address). No, we're fed up.
They are absolutely crooks/criminals as far as I'm concerned, nothing matters but developing and pushing more hyped up garbage and completely ignoring those who buy into it asking it to be more customer friendly.
Theresa Gallaway commented
I want it to look like Skype. Small & compact that can sit in a far corner of your screen instead of taking up half the page.
If they cant figure out how to do this, then at least allow us to point the skype for business client to teams when migrating to teams only mode. At least that way you could help people avoid hassles when you shut skype for business down. Its not perfect, but its better than what teams currently has to offer. This really should have been a priority to complete BEFORE forcing people to migrate...
I would really like to hear from the developers about what makes this such an arduous task to undertake. I don't mean an answer like "Oh different users have different opinions so we want to make sure we take all of those into consideration before coming up with an idea". I mean what is so hard about making the text chat actually span the entire width of the available space instead of forcing everything to the center of the window.
The code snippet section is a joke. Like what developer made that and though to themselves "Yeah, that's more than enough horizontal space to read code."?
Patrick Szalapski commented
Yes, Teams can learn from Discord here. White space is great for making us feel calm and introduce us features, but a compact layout is critical once we get past that and actually want to use it nimbly.
Brian Dupy commented
This is the deciding factor why i refuse to use Teams currently.
A full 1080p screen on my Team is literally 7 lines of info. This would take up 5% of my screen space in Outlook, which forces me to interact with the Keyboard and mouse more.
This may sound nit picky but I'm moving my mouse and slapping my keyboard all day, we should do steps to minimize this and prevent workplace injury. Not very ergonomic having to scroll and scroll and scroll page to page to read 7 lines of info per page.
Ken Olson commented
Why isn't there a docked tool bar with standard or favorite options?
This window needs a complete rework in Teams 2.0.
Yes, why does the call window have to open in almost full screen?
On a 1920x1080 screen it opens to 1382x864. I then resize it down to the minimally allowed 800x670.
So the window sizes assume that either every call, or majority of them, will have multiple people. Even the phone number is tiny, which should be about as large as the circle placeholder
Even though both windows are so large the dial pad is hidden.
agreed, Teams takes a ridiculous amount of screen space compute and the feature showing quick call, shows a business card of everybody I ever called (hence loading that screen is slowwwww).
the 'Speed dial' feature feels like I am a slightly dementing grandfather with a phone with large photo's of my (grand)children on them so they are easy to call. Great stuff if you are over 75 years old, but for professional use extremely impractical. Also everybody that is standing next you looking at your screen knows exactly who you have been calling lately.
resizing the screen to smallest form still takes almost half the width of my 24" screen, way too big. Not a real improvement compared to Skype thus far.
At this point Teams is just a bad joke without features like this.
The only people who use Teams are those forced because compnay doesn't want to pay for a real communications app because teams is "free".
If this was sold separatly and didn't come baked in to the office365 licens no-one in the world would use it.
Add compact mode, normal none-threaded chat in "channels" and a responsive/resizable gui and we might consider you not just phoning in the whole thing.
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.