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.
Stinger Bee commented
Please, for the love of God, take this suggestion. I am a developer. I can't afford to lose 1/3 of one monitor because some MS programmer is really proud of his app and wants it to take up as much space as possible.
While space sells IN ADVERTISING... not in a GUI.
I'm scanning the suggestions for a similar request but generally more flexibility in window sizes. The input can't get big enough to see what I've already typed.
Alfredo Saavedra commented
Maybe to show as light gray, transparent view.
Johannes Sebastian commented
Yes please! :) Growing up with ICQ, Trillian and later MSN Messenger , I have a clear memory of ICQ getting bloated to the point of being useless.
An IM client should be minimalistic with the options to clutter it, if the user should have that strange fetish. Outlook has the same disease with horisontal bars for everything, filling up the screen :(
Using Pidgin at the moment because of how HUGE the Skype window is. It's 60-70% wasted white space because it won't allow me to make the window any smaller horizontally. Also, the GIANT buttons for Contacts/Conversations/Chatrooms/Meetings are a bit ridiculous, as are the buttons in chat windows. Allow users to make window smaller and choose small icons. Not all of us use touchscreens... desktop users are perfectly capable of clicking a 24x24 icon rather than the massive icons currently in the UI. Will not use this client until I have options to reduce the greedy amount of screen real estate that Skype for Business demands.
This is exactly what I was coming on here to give feedback about. I'd love to be able to re-size my windows on my own. I have a lot happening on two monitors and I wish I could make my contact list and chat windows smaller, but still accessible.
I think that encourages a universal standard of beauty that could trigger some individuals. Thin/small does not equate to beautiful.
Magnus Becher commented
A good inspiration for your programmers is the Citrix GoToMeeting Tool. It has the essentials in a small view and one can toggle between view options with one click.
At the VERY least the main window's width needs to be reduce-able to a smaller minimum width. There is no reason for an inch and a half of empty space after names/buttons. (Even Windows 95 notepad could figure out how to word-wrap.)
everything is far too big. Lync should be available but not intrusive. At the moment, it looks like a Fisher Price toy. Fair enough, have it that way, but allow the option of a stripped back version please. I actually want to roll back to an older version, given the look and interface at the moment.
Way too much white space. When in actual use with large project or project teams (50+ people), you want to be able to see as much as possible all at once.... Stop testing and demoing with 5 user lists and you will see what we mean.
A compact view mode is standard in most modern business applications.
Add settings to remove ALL white space and take mini icons into use where required.
Jay Gallman commented
Fully agree! The waste of space is totally inexcusable. The trend across a number of MS offerings, of more white space, is troubling.
Mark B commented
PLEASE! The user interface wastes so much space it hurts.
Jaakko Niskaotsa commented
Indeed the current window uses excessive amount of space on screen, i'd love to have a minimalized version which would leave most of the screen space for the conversation instead of different ribbons and huge buttons
This would allow visibility of contacts while still having most of the screen availalble for other work.