We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
@Sean Ellis. Amen to that!
@James O; Well, the threading is part of the reason the chat flow sucks. I've personally never seen any good threading ever. The most popular old forums like PhpBB based ones etc was all single thread, and that's for a reason. There were those with thread but none of them went popular. And after being using Teams for close to two months I can see how the threads just create confusions for all members of the channel, not sure where to reply, and spawning new threads because missing out on details in another etc etc. A single flow would be much more straight forward. And interesting part is that Slack added threads but put them in separate flows, most certainly for the reasons I lists above. That said, having it configurable would make sense as long as we get rid of all the Reply links and excessive spacing.
I think you're talking about the 1:1 chat. That one is ok, even though there could be small improvements (like removing the redundant name printed above each chat message since it's a 1:1 chat).
What I'm referring to, and what all other have reacted to, is the Teams > Channel chat where it's impossible to run a good dialogue due to the bloated interface with the Reply separator and excessive spacing and horribly sized emoticons etc.
As being the general opinion the "Reply" link needs to be an icon on the right side. Personally I like to get rid of threaded chats completely, it just confusing.
Hopefully we will get configuration options per Channel where the creator can configure "Allow threaded messages Yes / No" etc. Then everyone can do their choices.Thomas Nimstad shared this idea ·
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`”
True, but it's just not the Reply link. The whole chat layout is bloated.