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.
We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
Our users' primary concern is the density. Removing white space would be very helpful. There's too much need for scrolling. It almost discourages conversation.
As for the compact mode, at least on a PC, there's one thing I would suggest, which was in the Skype PC client. And that was the ability to use Windows task bar to manage different conversations, so you could individually switch between conversations (or focus on more critical ones) using Windows and alt-tab. The task bar notifications also worked well as they would call attention to the specific conversations with activity.
This item is still under review by the feature team. I have no details as to when a decision might happen.
This is a very confusing thing for our users, who are trying to learn/understand Teams. In short, how do they know where they have unaddressed messages or info. The activity indicator not being congruent with the individual teams/channels status doesn't help. Also, the bold font on the channel isn't immediately obvious either. If not a message count, at least give us a more obvious visual cue, whether collapsed or not.
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.
This is a must-have for busy teams and channels. Some information just needs to be highlighted as important for all. Yet another feature where Slack has Teams beat, come on Microsoft, I really want to root for you guys here.