Don't restrict the width of the screen space for channel conversations, if my monitor is wide enough, adjust the display to fill up all the available space.
After careful review the feature team has declined this request.
However, they are working on a solution – creating a professional compact chat, you can follow and up-vote the topic at: http://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/17408641
All lines longer than ~90 characters gets wrapped and there is no way to see it on the full screen width. Are you expecting users to take a screenshot of their messages to have them keep readable formatting?
The most apalling example is receiving code or a file path list.
And please don't talk about monospaced as a workaround. It just hides the problem behind an endless scrollbar because of the very problem of the message width being limited!
Michael Saulters commented
I wish I could post screenshots here, but the need for this should be obvious. When I use ctrl+scroll wheel to shrink the conversations so more than 3 messages are visible, 1/2 of the horizontal area of the application is blank space or navigation or people's profile pictures. 1/3 of the vertical space is usernames, 1/3 of the vertical space is the reply link and 1/3 of the vertical space is actual messages. There aren't polite words for how BAD this is.
Emmanuel Preveraud commented
I guess I will spam my CSS customizations in a lot of those threads...
Anyway, my "compact mode" versions also implement full screen width for message. Get them at https://userstyles.org/users/727497
Sean Ellis commented
@Warren points out the "compact mode" thread, which is good.
However, the "professional compact chat" feature has been in "working on it" state for over 18 months with not a single piece of design feedback from the team in the meantime. We have been asking for *any* feedback constantly for at least a year.
Anyone on this thread should set their expectations accordingly.
Warren, if you're tuning out the other thread, here's a plea via this one: let us know what you are doing, or tell us that we're not getting this feature. As John Cleese said in "Clockwise" - "It's not the despair. I can live with the despair. It's the *hope*."
Reiterating the comment by Mark Studer -
"Yes, the experience when your chatting with a large team is terrible as the monitor is just filled with white space. I really wanted to use this for team chatting, but its just not usable for our use case. Hipchat / Slack is a much better experience where you can see 20/30 messages at a a time instead of 3/4."
Mark Studer commented
Yes, the experience when your chatting with a large team is terrible as the monitor is just filled with white space. I really wanted to use this for team chatting, but its just not usable for our use case. Hipchat / Slack is a much better experience where you can see 20/30 messages at a a time instead of 3/4.
Totally agree. Just coming from Slack, and they align conversation content to the left and stretch it across the full width of the workspace.
Joel Bennett commented
It's terribly frustrating to get a scrollbar because code is "too wide" when the conversation is using approximately 1/3 the available space...