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’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
The initial request is almost 3 years old, can we possibly get something done on this soon?
The non-compact display compared to Slack is really slowing down adoption of Teams in our organization.
John Richardson commented
Strongly agree that Teams needs options to make conversations more manageable to review and read.
Suggestion: Create a view that tabulates only the subject line (or if no subject, the first line of text) to aid in quickly sorting through which conversations the user wants to expand.
I anticipate such a feature to be especially helpful for new members to a team to get caught up and to management who want to quickly review what is happening within a team.
Sean Ellis commented
Way back before we moved to Slack because of the terrible UI in Teams, it seems I set an anniversary in my calendar. So, I am back here to check on progress with you all.
Today is 1000 days since the original announcement on February 8, 2017 that Microsoft had acknowledged the need for a compact mode and were "Working on it".
One thousand days.
In that time, we've seen them claim that they have done user feedback assessments, prototyping, usability tests, incremental changes that improved the compactness of the default view (by a tiny amount), that it was "partially done", and then a series of staged backoffs admitting that no work had actually been done, to no work being planned, backtracking all the way to the design stage.
One thousand days.
Meanwhile, multiple users prototyped example layouts using CSS in the web client, and in one case even got a completely working version compactified. This took a couple of days.
One thousand days.
Meanwhile, for the actual developers, two and a half years have slipped by, and Teams is apparently no closer to a compact mode than it was back in February 2017. It's still one of the top user requests, and we're still being promised that it's coming soon.
One thousand days.
Think about that level of commitment to users' concerns. It's ridiculous.
I don't know how a feature that Microsoft was going to enable this month (allow user self-service purchases of Power Platform products) got like 39% fewer votes than this, but was "heard" by Microsoft - and their approach changed. Why hasn't this one been "heard" by Microsoft?
What a joke. There isn't even remotely parity with Skype 4 business.
How can you not fix the basics?
Wayne Hartell commented
I'm not entirely sure how "giphy" got to be a feature before the ability to re-size the chat window. One of these things is useful in a business setting and the other is not! Adding my vote to sort this out ASAP!
waayyy to space consuming! full-screen "messenger" in 2019/2020 - super anoying.
Compact mode like S4B with a small sidebar is the way to go...
Allow Skins for Teams
Please add a way to customize the landing page. If you want people to use this software, you need to let them customize to their needs
The current version wastes so much visual space. Our team doesn't use Teams because of this reason.
Jesus Romero commented
this been here since 2016!!!!! and the message is not been heard? i just found out a new CHAT was added to all my channels that eats 25% of the screen, really? please check the image attached.
I was reading the comments from the developers since 2017. about a standard MTeams for everyone, one that fits all... from there that would be a philosophical mentality, because from what developers are saying all should fit into the one... and that's insulting to the client.
Andy Frahm commented
Compact mode folks... without it I won't use it.
With MS Teams pushed to replace S4B this is a much needed feature, any ETA ?
Is this about the ability to re-size the Chat window? That is the issue for me. Once i've started a conversaton with someone all i want to see is the chat itself, preferably in a small window in the bottom corner of the screen. I'd leave this open all the time so i can easily...well...chat. Every other Chat application i've see uses a re-sizable, unobtrusive window so why can't Microsoft do this? It makes me wonder who exactly they had in mind when they designed it.
We've been forced to move to Teams from Slack.
Lets say that the feedback isn't positive.
Teams looks a poor mans "WhatsApp" interface rather than a more business interface like Slack.
Give us a Slack look 'n' feel please
we've been hurt too much already
Tim Le commented
Alex, please can you share an update on how this is developing? We are still seeing low utilization of Teams despite going live over a year ago and the UI is a major factor. On the standard 1920x1080 screens it's only possible to view seven lines of text in the same window. Seven!
I hope the compact mode includes at last the following two significant improvements: 1) remove the "reply" button after every message 2) merge consecutive messages by the same user.
Come on....We are quickly approaching 3 years on this and not a single bit of progress. With the July 2021 deadline for Skype it doesn't seem like we will get a usable version of Teams before then. We need a stripped down Teams Chat client. Remove all the tabs, add-ins ect. Make it just plain chat and then actually make it for Keyboard and Mouse users! We are and will forever stay in Skype for Business only Coexistence mode until a usable interface is provided or moving to Slack, discord, ect