The smallest window size for Skype for Business is almost 1/4th the screen on a 4:3 ration monitor. My names/contacts are only half the width. Additionally 1/3rd the height is to buttons/status that could be reduced as well.
I would like to see a minimalist view and be able to shrink the menu/status bars as well.
Joshua Barker commented
Whoever designed the UI with Lync/SFB 2013 should be fired immediately along with their manager for approving such a bulky hideously atrocious interface.
Dear Microsoft, please make your products CONFIGURABLE. It is good practice to have settings for all current constants (font size, spacing, icon size, min. width, min. height, etc.) and ability to show and hide separate sections (my information, "what's happening" bar, etc.). Product cannot be good for touch-screens and business workstations at the same time unless you allow to configure it to fulfill these needs.
This badly needs to be fixed, the UI is just a pain. It needs:
* The window minimum height and width restrictions removed
* Ability to hide your own name
* Ability to hide the 'What's happening today' line
* Ability to hide the 'Find someone' bar
* Ability to reduce button sizes
* Ability to reduce application-wide font sizes
I'm really trying to use this app but it's just taking up too much space to be workable.
The UI is WAY TOO BIG ! I would like the options to: remove my name at top (I know who I am), remove the "What's happening today?" line, remove the contacts/conversations/meetings bar that I will never use and be able to resize the whole window smaller horizontally and vertically even if it will cut the words off on the right. Thank you.
Continues to be an issue -- please make this smaller. We should also be able to adjust text size in the contact list to be smaller as well if we want on the desktop.
The one thing that I am very disappointed about with Skype for Biz is the HUGE amounts of wasted space. Lync was a least smaller and more compact. If Microsoft corrects this issue that would be a huge win!
Also would help if it (a) stays on top and (b) the OS behaves as if the edge of the client was the edge of the screen (so you can snap windows to half scree, alongisde it) - ShoreTel Communicator does this and it's really handy.
I support. Too much wasted space.
agreed. i am expecting that new version of lync/skype for business will take all my desktop size, and could not be schrinked... are you serious with this? release fix ASAP please, to make possible less minimum width then now!
The UI is too large, as other users have pointed out. I feel as though I need a third monitor dedicated to this one application. A DPI Adjustment scale similar to windows (smaller, not larger as Windows can already do that for you) would be ideal. If not, then we should be able to change the UI back to the Lync UI, or be able to choose from a minimalist view.
There is a market for Touch UI like the Surface Pro, however many business applications still run on a desktop. We should have an option to have a UI dedicated to the device we are using, not a one size fits all approach.
100% agree, the scale of the UI is so ridiculous that I can only imagine it was some kind of compromise between a desktop app and a touch app. Fix it!
Richard Arnold commented
The web interface on S4B is not a patch on WebEx! Please do something about all the wasted space and get the option display up to FULL SCREEN literally
Great idea. I would like to be able to hide the toolbar icon as well, and have it reappear if someone messages me or I re-open the app.
Jeff Billard commented
Agree this is a terrible use of space compare to WebEx - makes presenting anything with lots of detail and/or smaller fonts virtually impossible, which is ironic given it's sole intent is for presenting virtually!?
Björn Kruse commented
In MS Lync 2013 (15.0.4753.1000) 32-Bit (MS Office Pro Plus 2013)
on Win 7 Enterprise SP1
I have a 1680x1050 screen and minimum width is 402x594 pixel. That is nearly 1/4 of the screen width :-o And what for? The same information and GUI items can be displayed on 50-70% of that 402 pixel width!
Honestly, the icon color in front of each contact in the contact list tells me if the contact is available or not. I don't need a text for that behind the name! Ok, I can disable that in the options, but the window stays the same width.
Analogue issue in chat windows: each message has a larger spacing before/after each new message (compared to Communicator 2007, which we had before). Result: you get much less information/history in the same space.
Thanks and bests,
Mac Daddie commented
Agree with this 100% and wish I could give more votes. If you are like me where NONE of your contacts have pictures, because it is awkward and stupid, then you have the options set to just a list of names.
I really want to make the lync window narrower.
I really want to disable my name at the top.
I never want to use the "Whats happening today" facebook status thing.
I never want to use the icons for "conversations" and "meetings"
I ONLY want the find someone bar followed by a list of names and a small red, green, yellow, or gray next to them.
This is horrible design. A "minimal" view needs to be an option.
The width of the window is too large, there is too much whitespace everywhere, and the fonts need to be smaller as well.
The only way I have found to improve things is to turn off contact photos.
Rock Brown commented
I don't use Skype because of this very reason. It requires way to much desktop space... (I want all 25 of my votes to go to this request.)
The Lync interface was so much more concise.