We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
There was a related request to re-consider the UI around the repeating, space-consuming "Reply" area for every single message on a view. This was declined. It is arguably one of _the_ most clunky and space consuming problems with the Teams IM (vs. the Slack app with which it's trying to compete). Moving to Slack-like hover options would be one quick UI improvement. Then just lose a lot of the margins and borders.
Density. The space taken up with the reply button has to go. Not sure how you can fix this without removing that waste of vertical real-estate. Smart use of hover and context menus would be better.
Until this is addressed, it is going to continue to make it very difficult to convince team-mates to use Teams, rather than Slack, even when mandated by high-level organisation leadership.
Could someone please post an ETA that's more specific than soon? Can't see it on the Office365 roadmap: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap?filters=microsoft%20teams
We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
Performance has been and continues to be a big focus area for Teams. One main area we have made improvements in is responsiveness for the most frequent user actions of switching between Chat, Channel, and Activity. We are also focused on reducing resource consumption and application load time. More improvements are on the way.
This feature item is still in the works. We will keep you posted as we have new info from the feature team.
Due to prioritization of other work-items this has been moved to the backlog. We will update when it is being actively worked on again.
Adding any emoji as a reaction remains under review.
I am marking this as partially done to let you know a new reactions bar with Like, Heart, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Angry has begun rolling out to all users.
This item is still on the backlog.
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.