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 working on a design with more density in mind. Until this design is solidified we are putting this item back to Under Review.
I would like to be able to see more than four task per column...
Viet Vu commented
+1 to this request.
Please. Just please.
We just migrated from Slack and ... this? What a joke.
In my humble opinion, I think MS developers are fixated on copying Apple when they actually have the lead in Businss Apps.
One of the biggest issues I have seen with Windows OSs past Windows 7, is that MS have decoloured Windows; In W10, it’s difficult to differentiate between the Systems bits (menus and buttons etc.,) from the user areas. Take a look at Word, Excel or Outlook and you’ll see what I mean. To see these same apps with some degree of clarity, switch to Gray mode of Outlook (and Office Apps)
Click File, Options, General, Personalise your copy of MS Office, and then chose “Dark Gray” in Themes.
Now you can see the menus separated from the user areas. It’s a bit clearer although I still do not have the level of control I had..
There is no granular or micro adjustment of windows colours; why are all background screens set to white anyway?? It’s a bit like having a torch shone in your eyes, and I’m sure you use more power to display a white screen than a duller white screen. I used to be able to tone down the white to a duller colour but we no longer have that control either. (BTW for those interested, there are ways to tweak the application background colour in W10 by modifying the registry; if anyone interested post a messagea nd i can upload..).
Sorry to go on about this – it’s just annoying that in the name of progress, we seem to be losing basic functionality. Worse is that a top company like MS seems to be following others like cattle and no longer setting standards.
I agree. it's embarrassing not to have addressed such a basic request for such a long time.
Collapsible comment threads please also and ability to have several comment threads attached to any one section in a wiki.
Also, when you click on any of the sections in a wiki, only display the comments that relate to it. Not so hard, really.
How can you expect people to take up your service if it is so awkward to navigate and orientate yourself? Too much information spread over acres of scrollable space will not fill anyone with joy.
(at the time of this comment there have been 1430 comments posted and 13145 supporting votes. How many more will Microsoft ignore before it takes this as a priority? You know, people are getting through the trouble of leaving comments on this site when they probably have far more important things to do with their time... )
This isn't difficult. You're still the only reason we haven't migrated from Skype for Business Online to Teams.
Complete and total failure. It's obscene you don't listen to your customers about the basics.
Yes please a compact Chat at the very least
I'm completely horrified by the utterly poor layout of teams and the inability to tailor to different views. It looks more like software developed for under 10 year olds to be able to use; Nice and big with not too much content.
I cannot understand why Microsoft have released a product that is so unsuitable to the professional office user. I can imagine this software is some developers baby and Microsoft are trying to look at things in a new way, but come on it simply is not good enough.
In my working life in IT of over 40 years this is the worst collaboration product I have ever seen.
Really looking for Teams to be as compact and user friendly as Skype is for regular chats. It's difficult to search for someone, to see their status, it takes up my entire screen, all just to send a message. It's okay for a conference call, but even then it's taking up way too much screen,in particular if no desktop/presentation is being shared. I want to see who is on the call, in a list, have the chat open, and see what's being shared, all at once (and having the option to shrink aspects like skype). For some reason i find the whole thing difficult to navigate, switching between chats and teams and activities and calls, i can get lost!
Markian Zadony commented
C'mon Microsoft... This request goes back to 12/2016, has over 13k votes, and in 2/2020 it's "back to Under Review"? How hard can it be to get rid of white space???
Seriously, pick low-hanging-fruit items that would make 13k+ users happier with the product. Not "maybe we'll think about it in another 3 years"... LAME
When my office first standardized on Skype for Business, my initial response was "what a waste of desktop space". I had previously used Pidgin, which had a great balance between compactness & information (i.e., I could shrink the width of the contact list much smaller than Skype, which takes up almost 1/4 of my screen).
Now, my office is standardizing on Teams, which basically takes over my screen. Now I have to have a dedicated monitor just for Teams, and a second monitor to run all my other apps. Not a fan.
Till Cortiel commented
The worst UI design I have seen in a long time! I calculated around 41% unsued "whitespace" in chats with my screen resolution.
Mike C commented
Your free price is attracting a lot of former Slack and HipChat users; please learn from what made those apps successful rather than re-inventing the wheel your own way.
Yes I agree format is terrible and needs seriuos overhaul. Every user will want a different look and feel so just make it customisable and don't impose or force a UI - it will never fit all. Just mising an Icon/button where you can go to options and turn off all the unecessary cluttering and rubbush shown on screen now.
This x 1000. There is nothing worse than app user interfaces that waste screen real-estate.
Also the responsive resizing when you make your window narrower, hiding the chat list is a pain in the rear. A simple show/collapse would be 10x better.
Daniel Montero commented
Following the COVID19 we are forced to work from home and comunication is key in times like this. When can we expect any updates on this?
PLEASE MAKE A SMALLER WINDOW!!!! the current size makes it unusable and just not practical.