Re: Basic UX problems
God, Teams is such a parade of UX agony. A few off the top of my head:
- No option to turn off the fucking "turn parenthesized words into goddamned emoji because all users are pathetic idiots who can't express themselves in text".
- At some point, some idiot decided that all text in a quotation block in chat should be in italics. You can't turn that off. Whoever made that decision should be shot, not just fired.
- God forbid you accidentally mouse over someone's name or (completely unnecessary) "avatar" image during a meeting, because then Teams will show the stupid user-info popup, which can take several seconds to display and then disappear again, hiding a portion of what just might be useful information.
- It's been said many times, but: Teams still lacks a decent search function. And that's despite having at least two of them: the Find box, and the Find box when you enter Ctrl-F, which for some reason does a completely different thing.
- Notifying me every time I go into a chat of who's not around. I don't care, Teams, and if I did, I could find out. As people have ever since computer chat was invented. I do not need you to tattle on my coworkers, or spy on me.
- Oh, I can't tell Teams not to spy on me.
- Downloads always go to the default location. There's no option to make it ask me where I want to save downloaded files, as every other damn application manages to do.
- There's no option to sort the list of Teams you belong to alphabetically. You can rearrange them manually, but only by dragging and dropping, which works poorly and is a huge pain in the ass.
- Oh, and "Teams" the application manages a bunch of "Teams" objects, which contain "Channels" and "Tabs" and all manner of other crap. It's like someone at Microsoft looked at various information models and said "I don't understand what any of this is for!", then drooled on the keyboard for a year. It's aggressively hostile to any sort of sensible organization. Teams is a librarian's dream of Hell.
- Some months ago, Teams stopped ringing my laptop's speaker when a call comes in. I've turned the relevant setting on and off again. I've stopped and restarted Teams. I've rebooted (or, more precisely, Microsoft has arbitrarily rebooted for me). No dice. Another painfully simple, obvious, necessary feature broken.
Teams is the least-competent commercial software I currently use. Maybe that I've ever used.