This feature request is now in the planning stage. As more details become available, I will post them here.
-WarrenDisgusted with the loss of customization commented
Will this "planned" thing include REMOVING things from the left side? I will never, ever "get an app", or use "apps", or "calls", and if I'm wrong about that, I expect I can put them back. Since usless blank space is all the rage in the interface I would rather see blank space than have them on the screen at all. The same applies the the cruft under the message box. I have yet to ever click anything under there. Ever. I'd be as happy to reclaim that 30px for the primary content area.
We acknowledge the demand for this capability and are exploring the best possible solutions to enable this.
We’re currently working on defining a compact mode experience. I will post more details when we have more to share.
~AlexDisgusted with the loss of customization commented
M$ is only interested in telling peeps how they are allowed to use their bloatware, and cramming as much of their other bloatware down user throats as they possibly can. They aren't interested in making it actually usable or listening to anything anyone has to say about making it less user-hostile, or even more productive. W7 was the last OS where we, the user, had any real say in how the interface looked and felt. Now we only have what some fool at M$ thinks we want, which appears to based on how much ***** they smoked. The REAL solution is to return to days of yore, across the board, where the company defines the functionality and the user defines the interface metrics to suit their needs. Tabs or undocked. Open new in same or different window. Where and how history is stored, and how much. Border size. Readily visible menu options. All colors everywhere. Title border size. Remove "emoji" from the interface completely. Custom sounds for all events. Text or icons on menues. The list of things that USED to be normal, and are now cast in stone, is nearly endliess. That would apply to this heinously pathetic chat thing as well as VS, Office, and the entire OS itself. One size never has and never will fit all, nor will some moronic "dark" and "light" theme, or what M$ thinks "compact" should be. YOU DON'T KNOW, which patently, tragically apparent to anyone. It must even be apparent to M$, which is where I started. They. Don't. Care.