Multi-window for chats and more
I want to have separate top-level windows for each person I'm chatting with, rather than tabs.
We acknowledge the demand for this capability and are exploring the best possible solutions to enable this.
This is the single most important update that you need to make in order to make Teams functional. I BEG YOU to FREE THE WINDOWS! LET THEM POP OUT!
If everyone at Microsoft had to use Teams as their only chat platform like my company is forcing us to I bet you would drop everything and have this solved within a week. I can only think that Microsoft employees must be using slack or still on Skype.
George S commented
Any update on this? Very (very, very, very) painful to try and look up a file, while having several chats with people also trying to look up the file. Love that everything is together in one spot, but that then limiting me to only do one thing at a time is a huge step back.
David S commented
Worried about implementation method.
I like the "POP OUT THE CHAT WINDOWS." option.
Justin Luyt commented
What is the ETA on the multi-window Teams chat client?
Adding my vote to get this feature, its problematic when i want to have a small chat window with one person, while in a meeting with others. This is the number one feature that we are worried about as we have to migrate off of skype
The chats will no longer tolerate being confined. Release the chat windows!
This is a common theme with Microsoft every time that an app is moved from standard windows format to the Modern (retrograte), UI.
Most business people do not use chat on their phones for normal daily business life. They use the power of the PC platform to give a multi window experience. Every Laptop, within 100ft of where I sit, in the office, has 2 monitors attached to it. Lift the lid and you get 3 monitors.
Imagine my joy when I have to message 4 people simultaneously with a single window, flat, clunky POS on which I have to recognise that someone wrote a message to me; by looking at an icon changing, change to that window, from my current conversation, to find they gave me a thumbs up to which I do not need to reply.
I resisted upgrading Skype to the very bitter end because of this idiocy. I have only just got multi window capability back. But the problem is that, in the interim, I pretty much stopped using it. I pay for Skype subscriptions but am re-visiting that decision.
Get a grip!
Dave Schneider commented
POP OUT THE CHAT WINDOWS.
I can't edit a file in Teams whilst having a meeting/chat as only one is open at a time. Having a tiny window with meeting screen share is no use.. Is this in the road map as well. You just need to be able force any function that's in focus to another window.
Johnny Thompson commented
This needs to be fixed yesterday.
Jay P commented
Better question, how did you miss this to start? Where was your UX feedback loop? I was thrilled to move to Teams for all apps today...and I'm already hating it. Having to click back and forth between Teams and Chat is ____ (fill in the blank with non-positive feedback). I expected so much more. You can't build out a fully-integrated solution and remove functionality. That's not even an MVP. I might have to run Chat off my phone or something.
Pat L commented
Today is day 1 of our move to Microsoft Teams from Skype for Business. Teams is awful compared to SFB. If Teams is supposed to be an improvement, it's not. None of my contacts migrated so everyone that I IM on a regular basis had be added manually.
How do you close a chat when you're done? I sent a message to a co-worker, she responded and now I want to get rid of it so I don"t see it. In SFB I just selected the X and it was closed.
Jukka Martikainen commented
More precise progress report would be nice, as S4B is actually now being ramped down, any news on the development, Microsoft?
My company is disabling Skype for business at the end of the month, this will be a real problem for, I use multiple chat windows at the same time, I was to chat, share and work in teams areas at the same time. This limitation is going to limit my effectiveness.
Mr Robot commented
2 years ? Ridiculous... The one Teams window is terrible and not a good user experience.
Hopefully everyone at Microsoft is eating the dog food so Microsoft employees understand first-hand how helpful this would be. Make it so!
If it was on github for 3 years, somebody would have already contributed to creating a separate contacts list like Skype, something you did once so you can do it again. I assume you have what you had for Skype still. Fork Teams project, polish whatever you have, push it into that fork and start debugging it (If you don't have time and resources to write it up from scratch). But I think you have the resources at Microsoft to do this in a week!
Bret Carr commented
I'd be fine with it creating a duplicate window or allowing what would appear like multiple instances of Teams. Flicking back and forth is annoying but nobody on here seems to be echoing that sentiment.
I'm just glad they shut down Skype and forced my users onto the platform! Huzzah!
Alicia Morley commented
This is a GIANT inconvenience for our company, our subs, and clients..... come on Microsoft.