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.
Those message balloons waste so much space -- tighten things up and make a convo fit on a page.
Everything is too big. I wish for a trim theme - something where I can see more on the screen at once.
For example, contacts are something like 20pt size - I would have just 11pt. I dislike text bubbles in chat and wish for a minimal output with just left-aligned lines, like in irc.
Please let us customize the interface. Also, I am running Windows 7 and wish this app could adopt the system's own theme instead of forcing the metro look.
Damon Betlow commented
Fairly obvious big complaint as the first impression of the tool from our users coming from Slack. At the very least, make the the reply button smaller next to the Like and bookmark option.
This was already an existing issue with SfB. Context is crucial, often, and if you look away for one moment, you could miss something that is critical to the understanding of the current conversation. Maximizing efficiency (UX) here trumps "pretty UI" in that, if it's pretty but not useful to speed up my processes and make it more powerful in helping me to achieve my goals quicker, I'm going to stick with something else.
The chat coming up in "bubbles" and only being the width of the sentence makes it feel like we're working in Facebook Messenger. It would be nice if, like slack, the chat was full width (and unthreaded, but that's a different matter.) It's just bizarre to have this whole huge screen and have the chat aspect of the chat program taking up like 1/3rd of the screen to make room for a bunch of white space. What's the point?
Julie Moorehouse commented
Yes we need more control over our view. The giant blocks is very basecamp-like and frankly extremely annoying. My team will have a ton of content. I want to be able to look at things in a size that suits me. Similar to the way In WIndows, I can look at extra large icons, or if I prefer a details list without icons
Guest access!!! Coming soon :)
Keep it coming !
Yup you are right -- the correct hashtag is #CompactChat.
Mats Larsson commented
I like the general layout of teams but I would like a button in the conversation window that maximizes screen estate for chats and strips away all unnecessary stuff.
It is wrong hashtag (#CompactDesign) - It should be #CompactChat
That's my fault Marc! I communicated the wrong date. Its tomorrow (3/23) @ 10am Pacific Time. Really sorry about that. I think my brain is still tired from our big GA moment last week. :-)
Marc Wenning commented
I thought it was on the Friday the 24th, that was in an email I received on the 20th. Is it the 23rd or the 24th?
Twitter? Really? Perhaps something like Slack would have been better? Nice compact layout where we could demonstrate the benefits of...
@MW -- because we don't currently have Guest Access, so we wouldn't be able to use Teams to coalesce as a team for a live chat on this. So off to Twitter we go.... hope to see you there!
@Suphatra - I'm really wondering why Twitter is used for something Microsoft Teams could be used for?
Brandon Lewis commented
Agreed; letting the chat scroll is a far better user experience than forcing them to click a button.
Fred Ottenhof commented
Sorry; won't be able to participate; will be present at the Tech Summit in Amsterdam, then.
Fredrik Forséll commented
I'm already confused as to why you need to go to twitter to get feedback on this issue.
Your handling of threads in channels are far superior to how Slack handles them, please do not go that route for the sake of space. There's a ton of other space/padding that can be addressed to allow for more content to be seen while still being clean and professional.
This + standardizing a proper sticker/emoji size would go a long way.
Man Hoang commented
The desktop version doesn't feel like a Microsoft's product. It doesn't adhere to Microsoft's design language. Also, links & inline code spans are not noticeable.