This feature is still being reviewed by the feature team. No decision has been made yet. I’ll keep you posted.
-WarrenJoel Sanderson commented
Agreed, having these separate is a huge usability problem. Suphatra, please encourage the designers to take this advice and the advice of removing all the extra space around everything (too big margins everywhere, unneeded reply buttons, varying background and box colors). Let people focus on the content of the chats, not navigating around and worrying that they missed something.
We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
The feature team is still reviewing, there is lots of discussion about this item and I hope to have a decision soon.
We know many of you are waiting for a Teams client for Linux, and we’re pleased to confirm we’re actively working on it. Stay tuned for more information.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news. This item has been declined. There will be no work to hide or remove the reply button.
As many people have commented, a big ask is to help improve how people distinguish between giving a reply and starting a new message.
For that the focus will be on this item. “Better visual delineation between `Reply` and `Start a new conversation`”
http://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/19224826Joel Sanderson commented
The threaded conversations in general feel a little awkward - people sometimes reply as a new conversation, and sometimes on the thread.
This feature item is still in the works. We will keep you posted as we have new info from the feature team.