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.
Daniel Chick commented
Coming in to second all of the comparisons to Slack. The first thing I noticed when starting to use Teams is how much space is wasted by text bubbles, padding, and especially the reply button that sits at the bottom of EVERY message. Slack's compact view is clean, succinct, and is perfect.
Suphatra, the survey link doesn't work!
Why don't you guys: display the name and time to the left of the message rather than at the top. Try to use as little vertical space as possible. Then smaller padding.
Maciej Michałek commented
One on one chatt should look more like in old, but still good and efficient jabber clients, like pidgin or my favorite http://wtw.im/ .
What is also very important is fast contact search. In such compact layout or in chatt tab general view I should be able to type a part of company member name, just to as fast as possible choose, who do I want to chat with
Scott Austin commented
Agree that the UI could be condensed, but in-line threads are fantastic. I see a lot of references to Slack here, and their implementation of threads (essentially, a thread is a highly-specific channel) is disjointed and clumsy. I definitely wouldn't want to sacrifice the ability to see threads within a channel to streamline the UI.
I think animated emoji are somewhat large (too large) in a chat compared to the text size.
As a small development team, we desperately agree with the OP. The giganticism needs to go. I feel like I'm using MyFirstChatClientTM.
Slack has nailed this. I would LOVE to see the design follow Slack's compact views design queues.
As a small development team we all really like the layout and the big emoticons and stickers. I don't consider them to be unprofessional in any way. Each to their own I suppose, but I hope that we gain options rather than the design being changed for everyone.
Mikkel Rasmussen commented
I completely agree. I feels like Lync has crammed into a box and rebranded with a new name. Sorry for the harsh words
jennifer green commented
@Suphatra -- On the desktop client, I'd like to see the most recent chat at the top of the screen instead of having to scroll to end of Conversation tab to see new chat. Thanks!
Nick Castro commented
Agreed. It definitely feels like we're wasting space here. Also I do not need full screen thumbs up emoticons.
The red notification badge that appears on the Activity tab on the left when there's an unread chat or channel message seems to be somewhat unresponsive or "sticky". When I switch to the chat or channel window and have the new messages displayed on my screen, I expect the red unread badge to update and disappear. Currently it feels like I have to click on the message a couple of times or explicitly click the Activity tab and read the notifications in order to make the red dot go away.
@morgz: I couldn't find any option to turn this "after call notification" thing! How do you do that?
Pretty sure you can turn off the Notifications from the settings screen.
Simple request to allow alignment to be all left, instead of zig-zag will make me very happy.
Comparing with Slack. Team win for the fact that it allows a dark theme that changes conversation background as well, while Slack only change the sidebar background.
However, the UI layout for conversation from Slack is much more compact. Should refer to that. Allow maximum texts to be shown on one screen, with minimal space wasted.
Brett Zink commented
Please get rid of the "New Messages" popup. This is especially annoying in private chats when I don't even leave the window. I want to blow my brains out when I have to click the button every time someone says something. By doing this you're saying that the message way at the top of the thread is more important than the new one that just came in. This is a usability nightmare.
Jon Pilon commented
Threading feels strange in Teams but I'm not sure it necessarily needs to go away. An option that seems like it could be the best of both works would be if the reply "bar" was removed from the chat and the reply button was only shown on the mouseover just like the like and save buttons.
This would allow teams to simply ignore the reply function if it isn't relevant to them, but for teams using it, they would still have access.
Maciej Michałek commented
@Suphatra, great news. Hope Microsoft will nail it this time. So far application is slow and laggy. Before testing TEAMS we've ben using XMPP protocol inside organization, with cilents like http://wtw.im/ or https://www.pidgin.im/ . They main advantage is fact, that the are extremely fast. And allow discussions in tab layout in window of size, that I want to have, which definitely usually is not full screen.
Thomas Nimstad commented
@James O; Well, the threading is part of the reason the chat flow sucks. I've personally never seen any good threading ever. The most popular old forums like PhpBB based ones etc was all single thread, and that's for a reason. There were those with thread but none of them went popular. And after being using Teams for close to two months I can see how the threads just create confusions for all members of the channel, not sure where to reply, and spawning new threads because missing out on details in another etc etc. A single flow would be much more straight forward. And interesting part is that Slack added threads but put them in separate flows, most certainly for the reasons I lists above. That said, having it configurable would make sense as long as we get rid of all the Reply links and excessive spacing.