Streamlined IM/Audio-Video Chat Interface
I would really LOVE to see a separate streamlined IM/Audio-Video Call stand-alone app, executable, or mode of the primary Teams client, similar to the Skype for Business client. I would request this client or interface mode for Windows (UWA), MacOS, Android, iOS, and ChromeOS.
This would make a MUCH more smooth transition for a user coming from Skype for Business.
For a previous Skype for Business user, or for anyone, strictly wanting to use IM/call/video, the Teams client is just much to busy and gets in the way of how we used to be able to message simply with the S4B client. We've moved backwards in usability. It's a case of functionality overload for someone not wanting or needing all of the Teams functionality all of the time.
The S4B client could run at startup, but not open it's main window, and hide nicely down in the notification area. It was ready for the user to send or receive a quick and simple communication. A user could categorize their contacts, add a few to a favorites list, and all was simple and easy. Moving to Teams client is just overwhelming when you just want to IM or have a quick audio or video call/chat.
I'm not calling to get rid of the normal Teams client. It has it's place. You can integrate all kinds of communication and collaboration into one central location. For basic IM needs, it wants to scream and go hide you head under a pillow (or at least not want to use Teams and find something else).
Microsoft, I want to move into the future with you, but please don't take away something that was once simple, intuitive, and easy for anyone to use.
Sean Ellis commented
This has a lot in common with the "Compact mode" request, which has been open now for over 1000 days. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17408641-compact-mode
Though not exactly the same request, there is also a similar request for a Standalone 'Chat" Interface in the Teams client here: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/37459615-standalone-chat-interface