Microsoft Teams is getting a useful new feature this month that will provide more access to chats on the app. Specifically, Microsoft is planning a new Compact mode for the Teams desktop application.

With the new Compact mode, Microsoft Teams users will see 50 percent more messages on their desktop. Needless to say, this is a fantastic update for users who do a lot of messaging in Teams or have laptops with smaller screens.

Microsoft announced the new feature on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and says it will start rolling out to Teams desktop in the middle of February. While the feature works in chats, it will not be available for Channel messages.

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It seems the feature is off by default. To enable it, users can head to “Settings > General > Chat Density and toggle between “Comfy” (the existing layout) and the new “Compact” mode. Microsoft has not said if there are plans to bring the mode to other versions of Teams.

Teams Growth

Last month, Microsoft offered a progress report on the ongoing success of Microsoft Teams. According to the company, the service is now used by 270 million monthly active users. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies now users the Teams Phone services.

Also last month, Microsoft announced a Teams device trade-in program in collaboration with Network-Value.

Network-Value is a US firm that specializes in trade-in programs for global businesses. With the help of the company, Microsoft Teams subscribers can dispose of devices in an environmentally friendly way and still get competitive prices for them.

Tip of the day: When using your Windows 10 laptop or convertible with a mobile hotspot you might want to limit the Internet bandwidth your PC uses. In our tutorial we are showing you how to set up a metered connection in Windows 10 and how to turn it off again, if needed.

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