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.
Ludovit Gondkovsky commented
Conversations take too much room. Compress them no need for that large REPLY below put it to the side. If one person messages few times in a row combine it with like a line separator of slightly larger space. TOOOO MUCH scrolling now and few messages on screen. Slack is excellent at this. In a same size half screen windows while I see 20 messages in slack I only see about 8 in Teams. Please compress. Its waste of space
Just want to add my support for this idea. Again, look at Slack for example, how minimalistic the UI is. Almost all screen real-estate is devoted to the text that is communicated between members. No indentation left and right, no gigantic smilies, no profile pictures that consume space in the list of people to chat with, and both channels and private contacts are on the same page so no need to switch between them.
So skip the indentation and bubbles. Have each person in the list of private contacts take up one line, just like on the Teams tab, and have the ability to put them on the *same* tab. An really, add the option to turn off the HUGE similies. We want to use this tool in a professional environment after all. Take some inspiration from Slack, especially when it comes to the "channels", almost all of the screen-realestate in MS Teams is occupied by non-relevant stuff, borders, reply buttons, pictures, timestamps and god knows what.
Ronnie Jorgensen commented
Looking at a channel chat window, the actual width of the chat is too compact. So much dead space to the left and right side of the chats. If screen can cope i say allow the width to auto expand as much as possible or at least give the user an option to widen it
It is visually difficult to find the user you want to chat using the Favorites and Recent lists with the Chat functionality.
It is not necessary to see the user's profile picture, nor does it help to see the 1 line of text that shows the most recent message sent in that chat. These should both be removed so that the box you click to select a chat is much smaller and only the only text is the user's name.
Anthony Parcero commented
Teams is a great idea but needs some polishing. I really like the open, non-private channels/chats/discussions that are found in other group chat software like Teams (Slack, Rocket Chat; I like the ability to look at other (public) channels without needing an invite. With my job function and the nature of much of our company's collaborative work, we need to be able to see across teams and share spaces without needing an invite every time.
I also feel like Teams is "email lite". Replies are indented too far and there's a lot of blank, unused white space. The conversation collapsing makes things hard to follow, especially with the white space issue and I can't seem to find any setting to change)
Instead of center aligning and setting a max width on the conversation windows, left align and fill - at the very least, just left align. When using larger monitors with higher resolutions the content doesn't adapt to the workspace creating a large amount of open space that breaks the navigation from content.
mike annett commented
I would just like to echo the point about white space and wrapping posts in boxes. As an unscientific comparison; my Slack client displays 10 messages on a screen and Teams has 4. I have a bigger higher res monitor at home that would push to 20 or so messages.
One of our busy channels posted 120 items today. The more posts you can see, the easier it is to follow the plot. In my view many of the feature requests are arms race style features. The usability of the IM message and the enjoyability of interacting with it is a core 101 thing.
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?