Please check “Teams/Skype Consumer chat and calling interop” on the public roadmap at microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters.. for updates.Lance Sandino commented
funny that it's "declined" when SLACK has this feature and TEAMS wants to be SLACK....
The ability to turn off emojis is still being worked upon.
Also, there is work to create a compact mode which will also help reduce white space… which in turn will impact some of the complaints are far as wasted space from the emojis as well, that have been voiced in the comments.
Stay tuned for more details.
This feature item is still in the works. We will keep you posted as we have new info from the feature team.