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.
Johan Jacob Mohr commented
Yes please. A compact lay out. Old ***** like myself need quite large fonts in order to read, and use only one monitor. So - please: a compact design so that MS teams can co-exist with other programs. After all - Microsoft make Windows (plural).
Please expedite this function. Since SKYPE is being discontinued organizations are forced to move to Teams to replace the simple chat function. SKYPE chat experience was ideal with the simple contact list and separate chat windows popping out. Please add this function to Teams for masses who are using this tool for chat only.
we beg you please make teams more lighter i use ut for school and i have a very low end computer i just cant do anything else i mean i cant run anyother program other than teams
it literally lags my computer for 10 seconds when i try to turn on my webcam
1274 days since you first said you were working on it.
599 days since you said you weren't working on it any more.
174 days since you said it was under review.
2 days it took people here to implement it.
Teams is lagging out my laptop most of the time I use it.. its eating my CPU and Memory.. only thing I use it for is chat
We are switching from SKYPE to Teams and I find the inability to not close chats a bit unnerving...
Angus Wong commented
in the meantime, i would use "Zoon Out" Ctrl + -, to minimize view to make it compact enough
Can we get an update on this feature or at least an idea on what's being implemented/reviewed? It has been really a long time to get any friction on this.
Good news is that after moving to slack waiting for this, slack allows you to change the width of the left nav and right side bar. That only took them 4 years, but at least they did it.
I still cannot believe absolutely not a single thing has been done on this.
3,5 years and always (until very recently) in the top 5 of asks and we haven't gotten anywhere?!? Please, pretty please, we have to improve to be able to make better use of Teams as the first thing everybody sees is the chat UI and it's not good.
Luis Garcia commented
Haven't checked this for a year. I can't believe this hasn't been implemented yet after 3.5 years of feedback. Unreal. We are still using slack waiting for this nonsense. STILL WAITING X 3000
Can Compact List in Teams be made:
- and option which, once chosen, will stick and not be forgotten every session,
- a selectable default for all channels.
Eric Verduci commented
The UI becomes a bit more practical with one stop of zooming out (to 85%). Ctrl+[-]
Still, I'd love a return to more data dense apps. For something that I--and I suspect most people--are using on a monitor for at least 5 hours per day, the white-space is a waste.
THOMAS VARGHESE commented
The left sidebar is taking too much space for no reason, within the Chat window there is a huge margin before the conversations.
Hope they adopt how SKYPE is quite linear in this feature
Mary Ellen Arbuckle commented
I so agree. I love Teams but as for chat function it's deficient. That's the one user experience that significantly downgrades my experience on Teams. A compact chat window, small footprint similar to the Skype console's footprint, would be way more effective and greatly improve the Teams experience.
Emmanuel Preveraud commented
CSS style sheet for compact mode in the browser can be found at https://userstyles.org/users/727497 (when the website works), they may require a browser extension to load. They were developed for a previous version of Teams but have not been maintained with recent changes (for example the emoji reactions to a post).
Michal Vašut commented
Please make Teams in similar manner as VSCode = really minimal (good for nothing) comunicator with huge collection of addons and option to configure everything, so everybody can make it suitable for himself. Fitting lot of things into software with preset (unchangeable) cofiguration is old way of thinking - customization is present and future.
@Chris - "Basic UI failure"
Unfortunately, it's easy to believe that this is the Teams UX mission statement.
@Stephen - The CSS style sheet fix is something that at least 3 people here (including me) have prototyped on the Web interface. I spent a long lunchtime on it and got it 80% functional. Another user (sorry! can't remember your name!) spent a weekend and got it 100% functional.
OK, so these are protoypes. Let's be really, really generous and assume that a fully tested, integrated, designed, nice version would take 100x as long. Two hundred days of effort. (I've seen the CSS that Teams produces. It could be that long.) That's approximately 1 person-year of work.
A single person, working 1% as fast as the users on this forum, would have completed the task in one third of the elapsed time that this has been in "working on it" state.
So the problem is clearly not the developers. I am sure that they would have homed in on the requirements, produced a design, implemented it, tested it, and deployed it by now. And been rightly proud of making the program easier to use for a significant proportion of its users.
The problem has to be marketing. Despite this being a mode, which would be "off" by default, there has to be someone somewhere saying that this doesn't "look as nice" as the existing chat interface that we currently have, so it will "put people off".
Despite it doing the exact opposite. Over 16000 people want a compact mode.
And it doesn't muck up the cover shots - the existing interface should not be going away. Lots of people like it, and that's fine. As we've said over and over, a "slightly more compact" default view won't cut it. It has to be a maximally-compact mode. So you can leave the existing interface completely alone.