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.
Jianguo Jiang commented
the chat message are threaded, many time, we just want flat list of message of the conversation, much easier to back track
Tim Riley commented
Agreed, it would be nice to be able to drag the sidebar to the top, bottom, left or right (LIke you can Windows task bar), as well as drag to customize the size.
I want to keep my chat window open on the side of my screen, but I need it to be space efficient. Even Skype for Business is narrower. Please let me resize how I want it. Having the mobile app be a UWP could help if you don't force the width like Microsoft has with other apps.
Brian Ballard commented
I'd like to be able to fit more messages into view as it's helpful to have as much context visible as possible without having to scroll a lot. A compact view might help with that. Right now an entire line is used to display the name. Avatars can also take up extra space for one-line messages. Minimalist design can really help here.
Completely agree. There is a lot of wasted screen space when the window is maximized on a 24"+ monitor.
Daniel Byrne commented
Wow, so hard to get around, so much junk on the screen. Teams, Channels and private channels? Deleted messages that still leave an artifact on the screen, a reply block taking up space under each comment!? Weird colored blocks surrounding all text!?
Stefan S. commented
The current theme takes a lot of space (your name, the actual line you wrote, and "reply"). Would be nice to reduce that so you can use more space on your screen
Not only the posts, the side bar on the left side is also huge, so much wasted space.
Martijn van Leeuwen commented
Remove whitespace by not using a block for every bit of text. You can remove at least 25% the used whitespace and have a much cleaner and refined design.
Joakim Megert commented
While I do agree that it would be nice to have it customizable, there is a point to keeping posts narrow since too wide text rows can be hard to read.
Shane Day commented
The desktop app doesn't make good use of screen real estate. On a large monitor, you end up with a narrow column that doesn't get wider to fit the window size, and then of course you get messages that go over multiple lines, when you could have so much more information on the screen at once.
Arden Shackelford commented
Seriously! If anything add it as an option in the settings that you adjust it to your liking.
take advantage of the screens size and resolution. why must the posts has to be so narrow?