Ask HN: Why is Microsoft Teams still so bad?

852 points by TurkishPoptart 5 days ago

It's buggy, and it crashes more often than any other app I use. God forbid you try to change the audio device from speakers to headphones in the middle of a call. And then if you try to just call back on your phone, and they want to share their screen, and you go back to your PC and try to join the call from your PC so you can see the screenshare (it's not going to work).

Seriously, with all the money and resources thrown at this company and this app, you'd think it'd be a little more stable, faster, and reliable. I am literally forced to use this app at work...

zmmmmm 5 days ago

Teams doesn't have to be good to succeed. It just has to exist. It's not even very important how good it is. Given it exists, IT will make everyone use it on Microsoft's behalf regardless of how bad it is.

Or another way to look at it is that the real customers for Teams are IT departments. It makes their lives easier because they don't have to do anything and it meets all the compliance requirements they are supposed to enforce.

Which in turn reflects that the real customers of IT are regulators and auditors. Nobody with decision making power actually cares whether any of the software in use in enterprises works well or not.

  • kylen 5 days ago

    Yup. It might even be that while the engineering team is aware of the faults, the MS exec team considers Teams to be brilliant.

    At the senior level the role becomes a sales role - you are continuously selling your output, team, product, vision, etc internally to the other execs, board, etc. It's important therefore to present whatever you are producing as exceptional. So you look for indicators that support your pitch. Sales and forecasts are far more important than product. Product is only as important as far as it directly impacts these numbers. And with channels / vertical integration / brand like MS, a core tool like Teams is almost a guaranteed success on these metrics as long as the product kinda works.

    And then it's very easy to fall into the trap of buying into your own pitch. When you are continuously repeating how great the product is you begin believe it and ignore criticism, including public opinion. "What matters is the markets opinion not the publics opinion and Teams has huge market share".

    So MS execs likely believe Teams to be brilliant, which is probably partly why there isn't the internal urgency to fix the issues.

    Also - its a golden goose! Its good enough, generates tons of revenue and fills a strategic product gap. Why take a big risk and refactor it? This could be a disaster.

    Takes a very brave, product focused leader to push on despite the above.

    • mmusson 5 days ago

      It is the old joke. Dev says it is shit. Manager says it is dung. Senior manager says it has a strong odor. Director says it is powerful features. VP smiles in satisfaction.

    • apecat 4 days ago

      Was looking for a good place to post this in the thread but I'll just drop it here. Microsoft Teams still lacks multi-account support on desktop.

      As in, you can't sign on to several business organizations like you can in Slack. It's so dumb and disqualifying. Utter nightmare if you work with several organizations.

      https://feedbackportal.microsoft.com/feedback/idea/c9995dc8-...

      I've bookmarked that page and I check in on it regularly, as Microsoft claims multi-account support is due for late 2022.

      • FateOfNations 4 days ago

        > As in, you can't sign on to several business organizations like you can in Slack. It's so dumb and disqualifying. Utter nightmare if you work with several organizations.

        I think they were really hoping they could make that cross-tenant thing work where you only have one account that you can use as a guest in other orgs, but that really doesn't reflect how things work in the field (you have separate accounts at each organization).

      • PaulLeiby 3 days ago

        This is a problem even if you work for one organization (e.g. govt or university) but have clients/collaborators in other organizations, and want to join their teams.

  • planede 5 days ago

    Also "we are paying for O365 already, we get Teams for free*".

    • Ajunne 5 days ago

      This. And the second reason is "We have KPI's with Microsoft about teams: they guarantee that it works in x% of the time, and they guarantee that it complies with our security guidelines". Notably the security is something that can never be beaten by any other application, be it on of off premises. No matter how brilliant it is. It can never beat Teams, because Teams is "good enough" and "free" at the same time.

    • blodkorv 5 days ago

      This is the real reason why my company uses teams. Its really hard to motivate the cost of slack when you already are paying for teams.

    • LgWoodenBadger 4 days ago

      Exactly. Nobody would pay for Teams if it cost money. That's how bad it is.

    • vegai_ 5 days ago

      Yep, and the logical conclusion would be to stop paying for O365.

      • blodkorv 4 days ago

        There are no real alternatives to office-365 for a majority of the companies out there.

        • vegai_ 4 days ago

          What does Google Workspace lack for a majority of companies?

    • bachmeier 5 days ago

      If you're the one in charge of the budget, paying $12.50/month for each employee does not make sense if you're already paying for an alternative. (Assuming Business is sufficient; Enterprise would be a lot more.)

    • dachryn 5 days ago

      remember when Slack tried to file an antitrust complaint about these anti-competitive practices?

      Yeah well somehow that got silenced real quick. Microsoft is evil under the surface, with extreme close ties to governments, regulators, ...

      • rnk 4 days ago

        I'm skeptical that even mighty microsoft can make anti-competitive claims go away by complaining to their favorite regulators. They were beat up by that. Can you provide more info?

  • w0m 5 days ago

    While this is true - you have to look at the competitive space also (not just Slack). My previous employer forced us on a hosted HipChat. Absolute garbage. laggy; crashed often (sometime taking down my host) and worst of all randomly deleted chat history - so if someone sent you something (important) you may or may not be able to reference it later. Absolute garbage.

    Left that company (a fortune 50) ~roughly when Teams began rolling out, and my coworkers complained to no end (Slack -> Teams migration happened roughly when i joined). I still complain about Teams - but outside of raw IRC Teams is by far the best messaging App I've used at work. (I do also run slack/discord for personal groups/projects, though nothing at crazy scale).

  • dustedcodes 5 days ago

    Someone should make job board where people can filter out companies that use Teams instead of Slack or Discord.

    • bsharitt 5 days ago

      Use of Teams has a been a deciding factor about not taking a job before. It's got to be pretty bad when it makes me nostalgic for HipChat.

      • Liskni_si 4 days ago

        I used HipChat for years and never actually saw what the thing looked like. Any XMPP client just worked, no hassle whatsoever. When we later switched to Slack it was actually a downgrade from my point of view. :-/

    • FearNotDaniel 5 days ago

      Unfortunately, at least in my experience, if the company shows any signs of success then incoming Finance/IT execs will force a change to Teams to "enable growth". If they begin to struggle, then incoming Finance/IT execs will force a change to Teams to "consolidate and streamline". I've experienced both of these. Resistance is futile.

    • jupp0r 5 days ago

      Throw JIRA into the mix while you're on it.

      • kevincox 5 days ago

        Also can I choose my own OS or am I stuck with the "approved" one or two.

        • jupp0r 4 days ago

          You can choose which job to take and you can ask what OS they'll allow you to use before you sign any offer.

      • b0afc375b5 5 days ago

        Wait, what's wrong with JIRA?

        • gregmac 5 days ago

          There's lots, but I think it comes down to two main things: It has bad defaults, and it can be customized to have really draconian workflow rules.

          If you configure it to be reasonable -- keep the workflows very simple with few to no validation rules -- it can be fine to use. The temptation seems to be locking down admin access to managers, and then the admins going crazy building workflows like "these 19 custom fields must be filled out to start" "items must go through a QA step" "QA users are the only people that can approve that step" and "PMs are the only ones that can close a ticket". This quickly gets out of hand and makes it horrible to use.

          It also depends on the people using it -- garbage in garbage out, as they say. If people write good tickets (concise titles, format the body, remove irrelevant crap, and properly fill out meta fields like fixVersion) it is much more useful. JQL is awesome, and embedding tickets and JQL queries of tickets into Confluence is awesome (hint: easy way to make release notes) -- but both of these require non-garbage ticket content.

        • BlargMcLarg 5 days ago

          Subpar at what it's supposed to do, extra features don't add a whole lot, mostly made and configured for managers instead of developers. Largely the same reasons people dislike Teams. Has even worse integrations with the Atlassian stack than Teams with the MS stack.

          JIRA, just like Teams, is slow, bloated, still won't fix basic issues and largely exists to appease managers. You have to actively work to make JIRA a pleasant experience. It's too easy for most management to make it hell.

        • viridian 5 days ago

          I personally find that the more I have to use JIRA, and the more magical ephemeral rules that are set up in it to take actions in response to my actions with it, the more terrible it is to use.

          I've worked on teams where I just threw info into a card, and it was acceptable to use, and I've worked on teams where commits had to have a JIRA tag associated or the commit got rejected, including in instances where bitbucket was timing out it's call to JIRA. In the latter cases, I prayed for Atlassian's swift destruction, but alas, was never answered.

          So like a lot of tools, it's how you use it, mostly. That said, as far as universal problems, cloning cards has to be one of the worst UX experiences I run into on the job with any frequency that I can't just fix myself. If the web app needs to await a successful or failed clone of a record (or series of them), I'm not sure why they can't implement a modal or a spinner or other component to tell the user that something is happening, then either navigate the user to the new card, or ask the user if they would like to view the new card. Shooting off a process that you say could take an indeterminate amount of time then dropping eventually a completion notification and link in the bottom left panel is just about the least helpful way to communicate that information.

          edit: unrelated meta comment, but it's funny as hell to me that this question got 4 replies in the few minutes it took me to write this reply, all within 10 minutes of the original. People are really out here just waiting for a chance to complain about JIRA. Myself included it seems. Makes me feel a bit bad, hate to pile on to popular sentiment when others have already commented in a similar direction.

          • rjsw 5 days ago

            I'm trying to cleanup a Git tree right now where people haven't put JIRA tags in their commit comments, it is impossible to find out why a change was made, it isn't a totally stupid requirement.

            • pc86 5 days ago

              "It's impossible to find out why a change was made" is a completely separate issue. Either the code is documented or it's not, completely polluting your history with JIRA tags isn't the answer - not least of all because like a sibling commenter said you're now forever tied to JIRA, or if you ever move off of JIRA, now get to choose between bringing JIRA tag information into the new ticketing system, or rewriting your entire git history again.

              • gregmac 5 days ago

                It's definitely a concern to rely on the ticket system, but the commit message and the comment can't (and shouldn't) contain every bit of info about a change.

                Commit message: "Improved clarity and detail in error message"

                Ok, that's obvious what's happening, and as a standalone change that's absolutely fine. But the question it doesn't answer is why did someone actually put that effort in?

                If the commit message mentions a ticket, then you can go look that up, and now you can find out, for example: it was a ticket that was an unknown bug being experienced by one specific customer, and so the error message was being improved as part of tracking down the bug. You also see who the customer was, internally who reported/escalated it, how long this has been an issue for, and if the bug was found and eventually fixed or not.

                I'd argue absolutely none of that belongs in comments in the code, and it's way too onerous for a dev to constantly put that level of detail into every commit message. It's a balance: it's only useful to lookup that info on a small fraction of commits; it takes a lot of time to figure it out when missing (especially if it was many months ago); and putting a ticket number in each commit message is very low effort.

              • rjsw 5 days ago

                The project has just moved to JIRA from Bugzilla. The original convention was to put the Bugzilla issue ID in commit comments, these IDs were carried forward when moving to JIRA so people can still search for them.

            • coldtea 5 days ago

              Yes, "let's tie our codebase to the choice of ticket system forever as a means to commit documentation"

              • yurishimo 5 days ago

                You can have both. Also, let's not pretend developers are wholly committed to writing comprehensive commit messages. A ticket number is useful if the change was relatively recent. If the organization moves to a different tool, chances are they are well aware of the potential history they are leaving behind.

                • mgkimsal 5 days ago

                  and... I've never yet been in a team/project where being able to track/view/find issue/code pairings from years ago was ever remotely useful or helpful. If it was something in the last few months, sometimes people could dig in and try to understand a bit more by asking relevant people.

                  Finding a 'bug' introduced by someone from 4 years ago who doesn't work there any more, then finding the particular ticket that spawned it... this has never been high on the priority list of anyone I've ever worked with.

                  • twhitmore 4 days ago

                    As an architect working on maintenance & refactoring, I find regular value in being able to understand the context (issue tracker ticket) in which a commit was made.

                    Also more than mildly useful for devs doing porting work.

                    Commit comments are rarely substantive enough, and "asking relevant people" is nice but not an actual substitute for keeping meaningful records.

                    • wizofaus 3 days ago

                      I can recall multiple times I've determined why the current logic in the code should be not simplified as part of refactoring or fixing a bug after tracking down the original ticket associated with a commit. That original ticket is quite often a bug report, and sure enough, there was actually a good explanation for why the code is written the way it is, which is almost never going to be captured in commit or inline comments. While having an associated unit test is arguably a better way to capture the reason for such code changes, there are many reasons that's far less likely to exist than a JIRA ticket or equivalent.

            • jupp0r 4 days ago

              So people put the ticket number in the message and then don't write a useful commit message. Congratulations, you just added one roundtrip per commit to the slowest website in existence to every single time you want to look at git history.

              Did I mention that you can't look at JIRA from a mobile phone?

            • origin_path 4 days ago

              This assumes that writing a ticket causes people to explain their rationale better than a commit comment does. That might be the case, but it often isn't because tickets are filed by developers themselves, or by PMs who just write tickets like: "A system requirement is that users be able to do X" without further explanation.

            • rowanG077 5 days ago

              Or you just write sensible commit messages. Commits together with the messages should require as little out of band information as possible.

              • entropyie 4 days ago

                Bullshit. "Fix performance issue in listing page for customer support".

                Which customer? Is it the same issue as the one this other customer is reporting? How does the support person know the fix has been released?

                Unless you are expecting devs to copy paste a tonne of info into commit messages, it's way easier to just put the god damn ticket number in the commit title.

                If you really need to commit something with no ticket, just have a dummy ticket placeholder like DEV-0000.

                99/100 it's just laziness on the devs part... It's way easier to add a ticket number than write super detailed commit messages, and every case of missing Jira numbers of seen, there has never been a detailed commit message in its place... /Rant over

                • rowanG077 4 days ago

                  > Unless you are expecting devs to copy paste a tonne of info into commit messages, it's way easier to just put the god damn ticket number in the commit title.

                  Yes, that's what devs should do. Or link to an issue from the git provider. Commit messages shouldn't contain customer information, they should contain fine grained information why the change fixes a particular issue and other technical minutae.

                  What you doing here is conflating business information and technical information. Business knowledge has no reason to be in commit messages. The code base should be 100% understandable without specific knowledge about what customer wanted what. It would be a huge red flag for me to see those things talked about in the context of the commit messages as a regular thing.

                  • entropyie 3 days ago

                    I hate to break it to you, but code is usually written in support of a business objective and does not exist in a vacuum of technological purity... I say this as someone who's written everything from x86asm to python and everything in between for decades. If it really upsets your sensibilities to insert a reference to that business objective in a commit message then I don't know what to tell you...

                    • rowanG077 2 days ago

                      A business objective is generally translatable to a use case, user story or requirement that can be understood without knowing "Mr. Smith from Company Thingamajig struggles to do x and is willing to pay sums of money to have it fixed". Your developers absolutely should NOT be knowing or dealing with business objectives.

                      As always there can be exceptions but if this is normal operating procedure for your company I would run far and fast.

                • wizofaus 3 days ago

                  > If you really need to commit something with no ticket

                  I'm of the opinion the only time this should ever happen is if it's a critical fix to allow ci builds to succeed. E.g. unit tests with hard-coded assumptions about the external world (current date etc.) that stop being true. Or errors in pipeline scripts that occur due to changes in a build agent.

              • stephen_g 4 days ago

                The best thing about cross-linking between Git and an issue tracker is that when you have multiple commits for one ticket (very common), they can all link back to one ticket. Having the extra context from discussion is useful, but obviously that can be summarised in the commit message. So being able to instantly get a list of commits that link to the one ticket is the really invaluable feature that I don’t know of any good way of doing another way.

              • viridian 5 days ago

                I'm a big fan of this personally, but I've also lived with the experience of completely useless commit messages, so I understand both arguments. Here's the most recent commits for a project I'm working on:

                Counts

                Counts

                Counts

                Counts

                Log entries

                missing package json

                missing package json

                ttl in seconds

                cache back on

                Still, I'd rather try to convince people to write useful messages than hard bind my remote code repository to my system for managing work, and often times (but certainly not always), single line commits are self explanatory.

        • muzani 5 days ago

          Jira doesn't really work well out of the box. It needs a lot of work to configure. I love Jira now, but it's been hell in the other startups. It's probably why stuff like Trello and Asana took off.

        • petejansson 5 days ago

          JIRA implementations I've seen don't help people see what's ahead; they focus on what's been done to date. If you're on a single, small team that has minimal dependencies on other teams, that can work, but if the project has any significant dependencies on other teams, it becomes very hard for anyone to understand how things are going.

          • relaxing 5 days ago

            That’s literally the point of the kanban board. I don’t understand how these projects were configured for that to be true — did they hide the backlog?

        • gsich 5 days ago

          Atlassian is an asshole company for their stance against selfhosting it.

        • tut-urut-utut 5 days ago

          People that don't need Jira but are forced to use it just hate it.

          Same as any other product in the world.

        • coldtea 5 days ago

          What's good about it?

    • packetlost 5 days ago

      It's the first line on my LinkedIn bio. I've gotten no shortage of recruiter inboxes saying they don't use Teams.

    • tut-urut-utut 5 days ago

      I'd rather have Team that Slack or Discord.

      After my company switched to Teams, my IT department became much more productive because the amount of needless interaction with other people decreased.

      And we were not affected by that shit, since we share the same office anyways. Who needs a messenger when you can shout ;)

      • rowanG077 5 days ago

        How did Teams do that that slack or discord couldn't do? 90% of the features are overlapping. And Teams performs by far the worst at that 90%.

        • klibertp 5 days ago

          I think this:

          > And Teams performs by far the worst at that 90%.

          is exactly the reason for:

          > the amount of needless interaction with other people decreased.

          Simply put: nobody wants to touch teams, so they only do this when absolutely necessary (and even then chances are they will just send an email).

    • capableweb 5 days ago

      It's not about the specific technologies a company uses, but rather how that choice gets made.

      Teams is chosen in companies where the organization is so big that "unification" is seen as a big plus.

      What you're out after, are smaller organizations where choices are made based on what people working with those things actually want to use.

      So look for headcount rather than what chat program they use, because the headcount will affect more choices than just what chat program you'll end up having to use.

      • JohnFen 4 days ago

        > It's not about the specific technologies a company uses, but rather how that choice gets made

        But sometimes specific products are simply less than ideal no matter how they're used. I consider Teams to be one of those.

    • kurisufag 5 days ago

      why on earth would you use Discord in a company setting?

      I would rather just go back to IRC.

      • mst 5 days ago

        I've always regarded Slack as "IRC, but non-geeks will use it as well."

        This model is not by any means entirely accurate but it's been an extremely effective heuristic.

    • otabdeveloper4 5 days ago

      Slack is worse than Teams, no thanks.

      • denysvitali 5 days ago

        I've used both. IMHO Teams is by far worse than Slack.

        This doesn't mean that Slack is better than anything else, it's just better than Teams. Truth be told, even sending a letter by mail is better than Teams.

        • alanwreath 5 days ago

          My company uses both. That doesn’t improve things much but it does give me a good view of both.

          - slack great for - huddle collaboration - chat threads - searching chats - focused chat layout

          - teams great for - sharing video of eachother - taking control of screen share (no need to futz with asking someone to stop sharing when they already vocally told you to share, most sharers aren’t trying to steal the screen from you as devs) - reactions / emojis when you want to react silently

      • wincy 5 days ago

        Teams seems to consistently make me think I’m fat fingering things and I have to go back and type again when I open a new message and start typing. I seems like it’s storing something in a buffer then spewing it async out all at once in the wrong order when it catches up with my input. This happens multiple times a day on a 2017 i7 laptop.

        Maybe Teams is an Intel make work program? Have it run slow on all but the most expensive new Intel processors?

  • damiante 5 days ago

    It's also upsold as part of existing MS sales agreements which is why execs will buy it. Easier and cheaper than negotiating a new enterprise contract with an unrelated company eg Slack

  • brightball 5 days ago

    Along the same lines, Googles Chat and Spaces are really close to becoming “good enough” that you don’t need Slack. Their threading setup is awful and they desperately need to let admins set sane defaults for notification sounds, do not disturb hours, etc.

    But aside from that it’s really close to being a good enough chat option that Slack doesn’t feel necessary.

    Google Meet is already good. Gmail is excellent and the calendaring system is best in class.

    They fix the chat UX issues and it’s going to be interesting.

    • choko 4 days ago

      I don't trust Google to not kill features and products on which I would come to depend.

    • whatarethembits 4 days ago

      No matter how good Google chat gets, it’s inevitable that Google will kill it sooner or later. It’s a non starter.

  • bko 5 days ago

    This is a bad answer. It's actually a non-answer. You can apply this to a lot of questions. Why does X ... Y (because X can get away with it).

    There are real resources behind Microsoft Teams and a lot of people want it to be good. They may not get much of a signal about how well their product is doing compared to competitors because lock-in effects, but I can guarantee you the product managers and executives at Microsoft want the product to work well.

    • apecat 4 days ago

      I understand why this sounds like a bad answer, but it's not half-bad in context.

      Microsoft 365 absolutely is something of a buffet for companies/orgs with IT budget constraints and compliance-heavy objectives.

      Just more stuff that sort of works and ticks boxes, starting with hosting almost everything in the EU for European customers. Compare that to Google, who flat-out refuses to guarantee EU-only hosting for Workspace customer.

      All the bundled extra tools outside e-mail and the absolute core M365 Office apps just sit there, ready to use, easy to package and deploy to clients. All generated user data is stored in the MS environment every stakeholder has signed on to. From OneNote, MS Todo to Teams, everything's integrated without as much as configuring SSO externally.

      A lot of what's included, Teams specifically, is shockingly bad. But these elements tick very important boxes. And very few people seem to care about the rest. UX isn't a compliance-mandated requirement.

      I sort of know this, as I work at a company that has to punch above its weight in compliance, due to industry specific requirements.

      If you need good single-sign-on for Slack, you end up paying the now Salesforce-owned company over USD 10/month, just for Slack. If you want decent data retention controls for Slack, you need their Enterprise Grid plan, the price of which is unlisted, but I've heard it's like USD 25/month/user(!). Just for Slack.

      Same with Atlassian. The decent handful of dollars you pay per user only applies if you're ok with shockingly limited controls.

      With Microsoft, you get a lot for just buying M365. You can get started building a soundly logged and controlled environment if you put everyone on M365 Business Premium (including desktop apps) and/or F3 licenses (web/mobile apps only) for about 20 and 10 dollars respectively.

      Sure, you do pay through the nose for the really good logging capabilities with M365 E5 licensing, something close to USD50 per user/month, which is a lot, but it also includes everything from Defender antivirus, InTune device management, Teams telephony call-in support to a Windows Enterprise client license.

      There's so much included with M365 in terms of compliance and bundle value that Microsoft absolutely can leave it absolutely terrible UX condition, so they do.

    • dmichulke 5 days ago

      Following your reasoning I'd say your answer is a non-answer as well because

      > executives at Microsoft want the product to work well.

      IMO, everyone wants the product to work well (except probably competitors).

      So why doesn't it?

      I'm aware this is not an answer either :-)

      • bluGill 5 days ago

        > So why doesn't it?

        Because microsoft saw competitors that look scary and so decided they needed an all new project released in a hurry. If they have been willing to spend a few years before release they could have a good product, but instead they rushed things to production.

        Lync (later skype for business) worked pretty good, but lacks a lot of features (others have mentioned various chat things before then). If they had invested in that all along they probably could have made a stable teams, but the temptation is to call something done and milk profits out of it until you are behind someone more innovated.

    • bluGill 5 days ago

      I would assume Microsoft is using teams in house. They should get plenty of feedback - the people writing the software should see most of the issues and have motivation to fix them. The admins are just down the hall and can talk to the developers if there are problems. The executives can talk to the project manager about the priorities they need...

      They may not know how it works at my company, but it can't be that different.

      • wizofaus 5 days ago

        > I would assume Microsoft is using teams in house

        I wouldn't. But surely there's someone here that actually knows? It does seem hard to believe their own engineers would put up with all the issues it has.

        Edit: the only evidence I could find you're right was at https://www.microsoft.com/insidetrack/blog/new-microsoft-tea.... But whether it's the primary tool their devs use for communication I don't know.

        • gigel82 4 days ago

          Yup, almost everyone at MS is using Teams internally. When they collaborate externally they use whatever the partner prefers. For example, there is a Discord server for ReactNative contributors and collaborators with a bunch of MS folks on it. I guess it's also possible there's a Team for Meta folks to talk to MS directly but I somehow doubt it - or at least, I doubt it gets used very much if it exists :)

          • JohnFen 4 days ago

            > Yup, almost everyone at MS is using Teams internally

            Really? So they have to know how awful it is. That makes its continued awfulness even more perplexing.

            • executesorder66 4 days ago

              Really? With the exception of Office I can't think of a single microsoft product that could ever be considered "good". They have consistently crapped out sub-par products for decades. It would be perplexing if they could actually get any IM software to a good state. This is their 3rd one. They even bought arguably the best one in the world (Skype) in 2009. Which was "coincidentally" the year that Skype usage fell of a cliff.

              • wizofaus 4 days ago

                Have you never used Visual Studio or VS Code? Would you consider C#/.NET or TypeScript to be products? Having worked with various developer-centric tools across Windows, MacOS and Linux for the last 20 odd years, if I ever felt MS consistently dumped sub-par products on its userbase I'd happily walk away and use alternatives. Teams is one of the few of their products I regularly resent being forced to work with, and would never recommend it if I were in the position to (and yes, Skype for Business would be next on the list).

                • executesorder66 4 days ago

                  Okay I concede that Visual Studio is also good.

                  VS code is another crappy electron app. Why anyone would want to use electron for a text editor is beyond me.

                  C#/.NET are crap. Especially .NET. And a programming language that is not cross-platfrom is a joke. I know they have made some efforts to get it to work on other OS's but those are just as crappy as all their other stuff.

                  Nothing wrong with typescript, but I don't really see it as any kind of innovation. It's just JS with some guardrails.

    • sumedh 4 days ago

      > but I can guarantee you the product managers and executives at Microsoft want the product to work well.

      MS cannot even work out there messenger strategy properly. We have/had MSN messenger, Skype, Skype for business, Lync and now Teams.

      What makes you think the execs in MS really care about messaging?

  • k_sze 5 days ago

    This. Can we use anti-trust laws to break it up?

    • i_am_jl 5 days ago

      It'd be hard to argue that MS has a monopoly on real time collaboration software when Slack exists.

      It'd be similarly difficult to argue they're acting anti-competitively when Slack is thriving.

      • trelane 5 days ago

        I think usually the argument is that they're leveraging an _existing_ foothold to gain advantage in a _new_ market. So the existing foothold is MS Office and MS Office 360, and the new market is messaging.

        How they gained this foothold in desktop productivity software is left as an exercise to the reader.

        • i_am_jl 4 days ago

          Hey, thanks! I don't know much about antitrust, so this is likely to be a dumb question;

          Why is messaging a new/different market for Microsoft regarding O365? Microsoft has been including business-targeted messaging/collab tools in O365 for years. Skype for Business preceded Slack, let alone Office Communicator or Linc, not to mention Outlook.

        • pc86 5 days ago

          Is using existing products to leverage yourself into a new market anticompetitive, or "how any company expands into a new market?"

          • trelane 5 days ago

            Depends on the scale of your foothold

      • sumedh 4 days ago

        > Slack is thriving.

        Is Slack profitable?

        • i_am_jl 4 days ago

          $780m profit in 2021.

    • brodouevencode 5 days ago

      Are you really suggesting to break up a company simply based solely on your dissatisfaction with the product?

      • dachryn 5 days ago

        the bundled packaging where they give it away for free to get market share is a well documented antitrust practice.

        Lookup diapers.com for instance. Amazon sold diapers below cost to gain marketshare, took all customers from diapers.com, those guys went bankrupt, and Amazon upped the prices to higher levels than before.

        I am not suggesting breaking up Microsoft and Teams, I am suggesting that giving away Teams for free should not be allowed, it needs to be fairly priced. But Microsoft has good lawyers of course.

    • ekianjo 5 days ago

      Do calculator software devs ask for anti trust laws when someone includes a calculator in their software suite?

      • Kye 5 days ago

        Considering Microsoft got hit by the DOJ for this kind of bundling, yes. They've had to be very careful about including things in Windows.

  • costcofries 4 days ago

    Nobody with decision making power actually cares whether any of the software in use in enterprises works well or not.

    ^this just isn't true. There's three camps of people. 1) The people who use Teams today and think it works just fine, they even enjoy it and find it simple to use (these people exist). 2) The people who use teams but are annoyed by many small issues that together cumulate to a poor UX. 3) People who will never like Teams for many reasons but make a point about being as vocal as possible about their hate.

    Decision makers and leaders care about 1 and 2, which imho is good. I do agree that Teams isn't perfect and I also agree that it plays best, for now, with IT ecosystems. That said, end user love is critical and I think fixing that for group 2 will only help to secure Teams' undeniable comp advantage.

  • peyton 5 days ago

    “Can I speak with your compliance department?”

    Enterprise sales calls these days.

    Lots of rules.

  • belter 5 days ago

    The most basic of features, like freezing the screen while switching context in a presentation, is not available. A request for years by all users and available like for ever, in GotoMeeting or Webex.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msteams/forum/all/freeze...

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msteams/forum/all/pausin...

    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/tech-community-ideas/...

    Thinking about it, what offers from Microsoft are not used just because somebody must use it...Or their company got it for free?

  • hackeraccount 5 days ago

    Do you think that helps Teams or not? I mean, if you can make a shitty product and know that it will sell, why make a good one? If you know you have to make a good product to get sales then that's what you'll do.

    Shouldn't there be a level where some people will find the pain of the shittiness so great that they'll step outside of the Microsoft ecosystem whereas other people will accept the shit in exchange for the ease of staying inside the Microsoft ecosystem.

    If that's true - and I don't know if it is - it seems like the leg up that Teams gets for being part of Microsoft doesn't help nearly so much as it should. Though truthfully in order to compete with Microsoft's entrenchment you don't just need "not shitty" you need a product that's got something going for it that's weirdly compelling. See Linux on servers or Google Chrome on the desktop.

    • pydry 5 days ago

      >Shouldn't there be a level where some people will find the pain of the shittiness so great that they'll step outside of the Microsoft ecosystem whereas other people will accept the shit in exchange for the ease of staying inside the Microsoft ecosystem.

      This happened at a company I worked at. There was practically a war between IT support trying desperately to force people to use Teams and the people who had picked up Zoom and quite liked it trying to stay using it.

      After a grace period where IT pleaded, whinged and begged, the Windows laptops were ultimately locked down such that zoom couldn't be installed or run at all and everybody was finally shifted on to Teams.

      This was all done in the name of security, citing such high profile transgressions "Zoom's end to end encryption isn't working as advertised!" and "omg zoombombing sometimes happens if you don't password protect your room!" were cited. Stories like this were circling the news at that time.

      Later on when Teams was bludgeoned by several zero days that were orders of magnitude worse, nobody batted an eye of course, and that story didn't get much airtime.

      Microsoft had its claws deep into that company. I suspect they have a pretty good PR team as well.

  • treeman79 5 days ago

    I recall decades ago picking up a book on J++ as a teenager. I quickly realized the entire point of the language was to sabotage Java. Not to be useful.

    Refused to use windows for rest of career after that.

  • thereddaikon 5 days ago

    I think its unfair to say the real customers of IT are regulators and auditors. But meeting their requirements is legally mandated. You have to meet that standard. In an imperfect world with deadlines, overhead, and limited resources that's sometimes all you can hope for.

    As for Teams being awful. It has problems. But all non native desktop apps do and that includes Slack and Discord. I use both Teams and Discord daily and they are about equal in frustration.

  • mfer 5 days ago

    If the software works well but isn’t compliant with laws a lot of companies will have issues with it.

    There are a bunch of regulations these days. GDPR is just one of them. A lot of tools are just not compliant.

    IT departments have to take those into account. Especially at public companies.

    Microsoft does a good job at that and tends to make it easy for the IT departments, too

    • jupp0r 5 days ago

      There are plenty of large public companies not using Teams. I always found this to be a strange argument.

    • f1refly 5 days ago

      It's illegal to transfer PII to microsoft under GDPR though, so wouldn't it be like setting up a minefield for your employees to consciously choose ms teams for daily communications?

      • dachryn 5 days ago

        no its not illegal, it just needs a lot of lawyers to workout the details. GDPR does not block a lot of things, it only requires you to work out the proper procedures and paperwork. And that is where Microsoft is good at, the compliance support.

        • f1refly 4 days ago

          How is is not illegal? The details are basically "PII EU resident data cannot be given to companies falling under legislation of governments not following due process regarding access of PII belonging to those residents" + "The US government regards itself above anything else and does not follow due process when accessing PII of EU citicens stored on premise of companies falling under its legislation" => "EU law does not allow transfer of EU residents PII to US companies". There's no "proper procedures" when it comes to protecting data stored by US companies from the US government.

          • jkaplowitz 3 days ago

            From what I understand of the Schrems court rulings I think you're right, but the whole EU establishment is continuing to try to ignore the ECJ on this because cutting out US vendors is more disruptive than they want to deal with. From a realpolitik perspective, it's only as illegal as the fines and binding court orders (after exhaustion of appeal rights) will make it.

            I also wonder what the Schrems court rulings mean about US citizens working in the EU for EU companies, since the US might feel free to give purportedly binding surveillance orders to such citizens; or for EU residents who visit the US while working for EU companies and receive a binding surveillance order while in the US, possibly even with their work equipment and remote access to company PII.

            If cutting out US vendors is disruptive, avoiding travel to and remote work from the US, and avoiding hiring (or being subject to hierarchical oversight from) US citizens in Europe would be even more so.

            As a US citizen who is about to move to Europe myself, my preferred solution would of course be for the GDPR to be followed strictly and for the US to change its laws. But I'm really not expecting the US to pass that kind of legislation now.

  • sokoloff 5 days ago

    That sounds a lot like Sharepoint’s story as well.

  • curiousgal 5 days ago

    My company is migrating to DaaS and there is a plethora of Teams issues. IT teams got what they deserve.

Maarten88 5 days ago

Long ago Microsoft had MSN Messenger, which was one of the leading messaging apps. It worked well, and many 'normal' users were using it. Then Microsoft dissolved the team behind it and screwed up the product so bad with bloatware and ads that everyone moved to WhatsApp (except in the US where people went back to texting).

Then Microsoft came out with Communicator, renamed it to Lync, which was a corporate messenger/meeting software. It used its own server, that could federate outside. It worked very well. They added LiveMeeting as a separate app for meetings, built on the same protocols. Our company used it with the "roundtable" camera from 2008, and it all worked amazingly well. We had meetings with people joining in from home and other offices over the internet using inexpensive webcams, 15 years ago.

Then they bought Skype and it went downhill from there. I don't know what happened, but they took a lot of time integrating technologies from Skype (peer-to-peer) with their own tech (which was more telecom/server based) and tried competing with ever-changing perceived competitors by copying parts of their features and UI, without ever making any feature really good. They integrated everything into a single program, Skype for Business, now renamed Teams, and made it bloated and obnoxious. Just try to get it to not start at login... It's like MSN all over again.

I think the Communicator/LiveMeeting software combo they had 15 years ago would still (conceptually) do pretty well as messenger/meeting software now, when modernized. It was much less intrusive and behaved like nice software that you actually wanted to use.

  • philippejara 5 days ago

    It's kind of crazy to look back and see just how much worse we are today than some years ago with regards to this stuff. I remember an old social media named Orkut, had pretty much everything facebook had and more, also had a huge userbase in brazil and india(?) iirc, but just goot overtaken by facebook. Original skype would probably work better than zoom does today with a few tweaks(I assume, could be wrong there when it comes to joining calls without being "friends" and such). Never used communicator but I assume it would fill the role just as well by your description. Not even going to mention forums getting gutted and being replaced with discord servers that nobody uses voice(the reason i'd assume one would prefer to use a discord server). Cmmunities that didn't want to go for a forum had several "closed community" website creators(that I cannot for the life of me remember the names) and that all got replaced by subreddits...

    Quite sad to see the internet continuously being shrunk down to the lowest common denominator, some federated efforts like the fediverse make me quite hopeful, a shame most of them mimick twitter.

    • jerojero 5 days ago

      Forums weren't replaced by discord. Forums were replaced by Reddit. Although you post still stands, I think you're very wrong in thinking about the reasoning why people use one or another platform.

      Let's think about discord for a minute, why is everyone using it? And what are they using it for? I think the answers here are rather simple, people have a need for communication with peers; this communication usually takes many forms: text, voice, video, gifs, images. Discord is a platform that offers people a very simple and quick way of building communities capable of providing people will all of these forms of communication but really, now a days, every messenger application does the job. So the differentiating factor for discord is the ability to organise these communities better than any other platform (save for slack, which discord modelled itself after). Now, it's not perfect, it's impossible to build horizontal communities on discord but it does the job.

      So functionally, discord offers people seeking to build communities pretty much everything they could want. Now, it still has some problems: mainly that it's not very good for long-form or persistent messaging like a forum. And this is why you usually have discord communities with a reddit counterpart, a forum-like website and a real-time interaction community.

      This let discord built a very wide userbase, and once you have that then you really get to enjoy the magic sauce: network effects. To put it simply, people use discord because everyone else uses discord and everyone else uses discord because people use discord.

      As the internet grows it becomes increasingly difficult to break network effects even if you have an offering that's better. But even then, it's also extremely difficult to be novel given that these big companies can simply acquire you when they start seeing you as a threat (look at adobe buying figma). Companies are quicker than regulators at seeing potential market disruptions and threats, so in most cases they can stay ahead of the game. Imo, a lot of the failings of these companies come from underestimating the competition and then trying to play catch-up.

      • Lazare 5 days ago

        > Forums weren't replaced by discord. Forums were replaced by Reddit. Although you post still stands, I think you're very wrong in thinking about the reasoning why people use one or another platform.

        There may be some contexts where that's true, but overwhelmingly I've seen Discord replacing forums, particularly for small, closed groups. Wheereas I've never so much as heard of any group adopting a private subreddit! But tons have ended up with a discord as their central social point (whether or not they need or use the voice feature).

        I've seen this especially in gaming circles (guilds, clans, etc.) and to a lesser extent in other hobbies or in patient support groups.

        I know discord isn't a good match for the technical features of forums, but it seems to be a good fit for how people actually used them.

        • RandallBrown 5 days ago

          This was over a decade ago at this point but at one company we ran our own Reddit server (when Reddit was nearly fully open source) and it was set up to work with our Active Directory so if we could use our work logins.

          It was really really awesome.

        • jerojero 4 days ago

          People used private forums before? Pretty much every country and even cities have their own subreddit, games all have their own "official" subreddits, and every hobby under the sun also has their own subreddit. I think that's what forums would be replacing. Maybe I'm not old enough but forums were rarely a very private affair, imo.

        • TheCapeGreek 5 days ago

          For gaming it makes sense, as it replaces Mumble/TeamSpeak/etc with smoother UI & UX.

      • rvense 5 days ago

        > Forums weren't replaced by discord. Forums were replaced by Reddit.

        Technically, reddit and Discourse is more like forums, but a lot of things that would have been a forum 15 years ago are now Discord "servers".

        • ajkjk 5 days ago

          True, they were just Reddit or FB groups in the meantime.

          • stoobs 5 days ago

            Yup, FB Groups was really the nail in the coffin for a lot of forums. Source - Me, ex large-ish forum admin.

            Reddit and Discord piled the dirt on top and added the headstone.

      • mildchalupa 5 days ago

        It's as though there is a life cycle of an applications development. Early the application is sleek, perhaps not feature rich however instead simple, concise. Either through scope creep, changed ownership or continuous addition of features the application becomes bloated. This could also be the stage of commercialization by way of adds. Finally the application dies as users move onward.

        This seems to be fairly common and it seems that as these applications and companies rise and fall that they each bring there own flavor to the mix.

        Google maps was concise in 2012, today the app requires a greater number of user inputs to enter a destination for example

        • bee_rider 5 days ago

          This is amplified for chat programs. They are not really all that technically interesting anymore. They are just "good" at first while they are trying to acquire new users, and providing services for free to so. Simple and light, because there's no need to add gimmicky features to attract new users -- Free is free, and anyway the competition has recently become awful and bloated in an attempt to figure out what the magic feature is that will justify their aggressive monetization scheme.

          Eventually good chat program runs out of runway, gets acquired (wow look at that userbase!) or needs to monetize on their own, and becomes the bad chat program. And the cycle continues.

      • philippejara 4 days ago

        >Forums weren't replaced by discord. Forums were replaced by Reddit.

        From my experience there's a split, more "generalist" forums did get "replaced" by reddit, by subs such as technology, games, news, etc. More "in-depth" forums where you expected to see the same guys working on something or having matches together etc I've seen being almost always replaced by discord:fighting games forums(even for games with good MM), dev/security/cracking forums, really anything that isn't "mass appeal".

      • eertami 5 days ago

        > mainly that it's not very good for long-form or persistent messaging like a forum.

        Discord recently added Forum Channels to try and capture this segment as well.

        https://support.discord.com/hc/en-us/articles/6208479917079-...

        • jerojero 4 days ago

          Yes, I saw. It's kind of an awful feature though.

          I think the best approach to a mix of forum and discord-like communities is the app "aether.app" though it had a weird protocol behind it and has been abandoned. But the UI/UX although still perfectible seemed to hit a very nice sweet-spot for me.

      • auggierose 5 days ago

        What is a horizontal community? Why you cannot build one with Discord? Which tool do you use instead for this task then?

        • jerojero 4 days ago

          I tried to set up a community with left-leaning people (politics). So we didn't really want the owner - admin - moderator structure that discord offered, instead we wanted a more open way for the community to self manage.

          The biggest problem came from the fact that we had been all in a discord server in the past that was deleted by the owner after a political disagreement. So in order for that to not happen again we wanted to have a more "community owned" system so that no one would be able to wield such power without some degree of community acceptance.

          Sadly, it was not possible to do such a thing on discord as there ALWAYS has to be an owner to the server that's a single individual. Some of these problems can be solved through bots (you can implement very good voting bots) but you're always fighting against the natural structure of the platform, so no solution is ideal.

          • auggierose 3 days ago

            Democracy. You're talking about a digital democracy!

      • rkagerer 5 days ago

        > Forums weren't replaced by...

        Well, for me they were never replaced. I still frequent them regularly for some of the best communities and community-based support around (eg. fortunately vendors of my 3D printing and PCB manufacturing equipment host good ones).

      • MrPatan 5 days ago

        In Discord you can use the same account to join a new server, Slack makes you create a new identity one for every server you join, it's a pain. I don't know if it changed, but at least it was like that, and I never tried again.

        • djhworld 5 days ago

          Slack is designed for business use, i.e. you join with your company email address which is linked to a Slack organization for the company you work for (or you get invited to join as an external party)

          I don't think it's ever been sold as like, a general purpose chat platform like IRC or Discord...it's a shame a bunch of OSS projects decided to settle on Slack for their community chat.

      • lawgimenez 5 days ago

        Microsoft execs salivating at your comment. It won’t take long and Microsoft will buy Discord.

    • mig39 5 days ago

      Even crazier when you realize Orkut was owned by Google!

      • midoridensha 5 days ago

        That was the problem. Orkut was successful, but that doesn't stop Google from shutting down services. Trusting a Google service to be around long-term is folly unless it's Maps or Gmail.

        • akira2501 5 days ago

          IIRC the other major problem was that Orkut was invite-only for a very long time. That's partly was it was so popular in a few South American countries, it was very difficult to get yourself on the platform, and even if you did, it was difficult to use it to communicate with anyone locally.

          Google was not the giant then that it is now.

          • colordrops 5 days ago

            Google has had more than one product that I've been excited to use but was invite only, and then only got the invite after interest had died both for the public and myself. Ones I can remember are Orkut, Wave, and Ingress.

            • random42_ 5 days ago

              GMail was also invite only IIRC.

              • Sohcahtoa82 5 days ago

                The difference is that GMail is useful even if none of your friends are on it.

                Making a social network like Google+ be invite-only when everybody was already on Facebook was an absolutely bone-headed move and I think was THE driving factor for its failure.

                There were so many memes about people finally getting an invite to Google+ and then discovering nobody was there. Without your friends on it, you're not going to make it part of your daily routine, and eventually just forget about it entirely. By the time it wasn't invite-only anymore, the hype was gone and Google+ had already been considered to be a joke.

            • pas 4 days ago

              Inbox? or do you mean the game Ingress?

          • KennyBlanken 5 days ago

            Orkut's biggest problem was that Google didn't want to devote any resources to moderation but its creator had enough political power to keep the lights on. It didn't take long for users to figure out they could do whatever they wanted.

            It quickly became a cesspool of racism, child porn, and other illegal activity, mostly by Brazilians, who bullied everyone else off the platform

            • philippejara 4 days ago

              It wasn't for a lack of trying by brazillians[0]. I can't remember much racism if I'm honest, especially by mid 2000's standards, and Orkut wasn't like twitter or facebook(today), you only had contact with people you wanted to have contact, so I can't see it being a big deal.

              [0]:https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna25514386

        • kareemsabri 5 days ago

          I don't think Orkut was successful for Google, where success in measured in annual revenue in billions.

          • flakeoil 5 days ago

            I guess that's what the parent comment meant.

            Google tries many new products (in-house developed or acquired). If it does not reach a user base of several 100 million users (or 10's of billions of revenue) after a few years then they will scrap it.

        • f1shy 5 days ago

          I am not so sure of those two either (at least free)... the search may stay.

      • random314 5 days ago

        But Orkut was in the wrong department. Hence had to be shutdown. The sheer stupidity of shutting down a 20% project that actually took off in a big way!

    • nl 5 days ago

      WTF is it with this weird "things were better in the old days" nostalgia? They really, really weren't!

      > Original skype would probably work better than zoom does today with a few tweaks

      When it came out, Skype was amazing because it let you get video calls on your computer. The audio was flaky (I paid for a number for a work line and yeah - wasn't good!), the video broke up all the time, and it dropped out a lot. But we were new to video calls that worked at all and it seemed like a miracle!

      • edejong 5 days ago

        Totally not my experience. I had long, uninterrupted conversations with my (now) wife. Daily. During my studies I organized group meetings with dozens of participants without many problems. Skypes original decentralized network design was genius.

        • lordnacho 5 days ago

          Same here. To me Skype should have been the last mover in this space. Everything just worked. I actually had an investment meeting with a Skype competitor who took us through the whole infrastructure of why Skype worked and what he was going to do.

          Now a few years later there's a zillion ways to do a video call, and Skype itself doesn't seem to be as good as it once was. I really wonder what on earth happened.

      • JohnFen 4 days ago

        > WTF is it with this weird "things were better in the old days" nostalgia? They really, really weren't!

        A lot of things really, really were. Some weren't.

        Generally speaking, I do think that modern software tends to be worse in terms of usability, robustness, and resource usage. But it tends to be prettier and have more "features", so that's something.

        • nl 4 days ago

          I've gone months without rebooting my MBP, and weeks without restarting Firefox. I don't remember the last time software crashed and I lost work.

          15 years ago I'd reboot nightly because things were more stable.

          20 years ago I debugged an issue in the JVM where it was deleting any file it touched (http://nicklothian.com/blog/2003/08/13/a-java-bug-worthy-of-...).

          25 years ago it was normal for a computer to crash multiple times a day and wasn't uncommon for files that had been saved to get corrupted by a crash.

          So yeah, very happy with modern software reliability.

    • agumonkey 5 days ago

      It's interesting to understand why facebook got so much wind.

      • Maursault 5 days ago

        Facebook is vanity. It is really all about ego. People love to stroke their ego. It is hilarious to me how many will defend pride and how many somehow confuse pride with virtue, when the opposite of pride, humility, is the virtue. What made Facebook popular is the same thing that makes any vice popular, such as gambling or drinking, because pride is a vice, also known as an indulgence, and pride, ego, and vanity are definitely not virtues. Facebook (and, to similar extent, Twitter) has tricked its users into believing that vice and indulgence are virtuous, and excessive vice and excessive indulgence are most virtuous. But we all used to know that excessive vanity and excessive pride, or hubris, is counted among the seven deadly sins. Facebook is basically a mass-vehicle for sin, and sin, as a transgression of divine law, feels really great. And that is how Facebook (and Twitter) did it, by presenting opportunity to violate the First Commandment and make everyone worship themselves and think they're God, at least while they're logged-in.

        • kqr 5 days ago

          Oh, that's not what got Facebook big. You can stroke your ego in emails or blogs or on forums.

          What made Facebook great was that it encouraged users to share personal information (including pictures and bio items) and then made it easy for everyone to anonymously take part of this information.

          You could look at pictures of your crush in cute outfits or co-workers in embarrassing situations. You could read about the layoff your ex' new partner had to endure. You could see where the cool kids had their coffee. All of this at any time of day, and nobody but you would know that you knew.

          It's the ultimate low-key stalking tool and it was designed this way from the start, because early on they understood that's what people want.

          I don't remember the exact quote but I do know one of the early decisions was that photos ought to be open by default and you shouldn't be able to tell who has looked at them -- in contrast to many other social networks at the time.

          • hnick 5 days ago

            Voyeurism, mixed with a little FOMO - they had a limited release early on, just like GMail.

            I think a large part of it was also the digital photo and smartphone revolution. Instagram did that a little better, but posting straight to Facebook was a little better than what... Photobucket? Personal hosting? Emails with mass CC? It just solved that problem so well for not only the big event pictures we'd traditionally throw in an album, but also adhoc slice-of-life moments.

            It also gave that power to businesses, humanising them in a way that hadn't been possible before, and that's where the money came in.

          • Maursault 4 days ago

            > it encouraged users to share personal information (including pictures and bio items)

            Yes, precisely. This is my point entirely, that ego, vanity, pride, conceit and narcissism is what motivates these individuals to want and need to share personal details with complete strangers, and this is the entire point of Facebook, to beguile its members with a platform of opportunity to indulge in symptoms of personality disorder and character flaw.

      • nullcontext 5 days ago

        And why Friendster didn't and how FB kneecapped and murdered MySpace in a back alley and got away with it.

        • agumonkey 4 days ago

          I think facebook's main "revolution" is that it was the first internet as real society platform. Others were websites to make profiles, myspace added artists, but facebook was all about the "real you".

          It was just ripe for when internet became a plausible soil for society.

          • skinnymuch 4 days ago

            MySpace added artists after it lost to FB and itself.

            • agumonkey 4 days ago

              You mean the big redesign ? In my memories they rapidly had an 'direct music' crowd.

    • Thorrez 5 days ago

      >"closed community" website creators(that I cannot for the life of me remember the names)

      ning?

  • virgulino 5 days ago

    Not to forget that 26 years ago, starting in 1996, we had Microsoft NetMeeting.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_NetMeeting

    A very good VOIP / videoconferencing / white-boarding / application sharing client present on almost all Windows computers, open standards interoperable, with an official ActiveX Control and public API. You could easily embed it into your HTML site (IE compatible only), or drag and drop it into your Visual Basic / Delphi / Microsoft Office script application and thus effortlessly embed and control the functionality into your own website/application.

    https://youtu.be/B8wH5pRcWts

    https://news.microsoft.com/1996/09/30/microsoft-ships-netmee...

    • stephenhuey 5 days ago

      When I started enjoying a blazing fast connection at Rice University in 1998, I frequently enjoyed MS Netmeeting video calls with friends who were scattered across the country. Within a few years it was a distant memory, and it surprises me how it was well over a dozen years before reliably easy video calls became commonplace.

    • asciimov 5 days ago

      It's been a long time since I heard mention of NetMeeting.

      I remember using NetMeeting in late 97 or early 98 on a 33.6 kbps modem. One of the most memorable parts was the area were you could find other random people to chat with on audio. I had many enjoyable conversations with various people on there, something that I don't think would work well today with the increased number of horrible netizens.

      • verinus 4 days ago

        I remember NetMeeting from around 2000 when we used it to at university to do shared desktop sessions for some team assignments... worked pretty well as far as I remember.

  • phreack 5 days ago

    What's hilarious and sad is that MSN Messenger had a lot of features back in the early '00s that major players like WhatsApp and Telegram now only implement through gritted teeth, one every year if you're lucky. Things like custom emojis, audio messages, sending a drawing, avatars you could see, choosing your display name, exportable conversation history, you even had games! Nowadays people cheer for the bare minimum in UX that we already had 20 years ago.

    And that's ignoring that niche it filled where people were identified by emails, and the particular social rules of knowing that if you went online, it meant you wanted to spend a while talking to people and were available to do so. Discord is kind of similar in that last aspect, but it's enormously complex for the average user and intended for servers, not for 1 on 1 conversations with your contacts. I've always wanted to build a clone of Messenger just because of how much I miss it.

    • djtango 5 days ago

      Right but WhatsApp solved a very different problem in the beginning - how do I send a message to someone who isn't online right now (or has a flaky connection).

      THAT was what was needed for mobile devices. I remember trying to use MSN messenger when I was on WAP and it sucked. And then I remember Skype on iPhone sucked for messages too. SMS also wasn't great if you were remotely international and had friends and family not in the same country as you.

      It took two whole years for Skype to rearchitect away from peer to peer (understandably so).

      To this day, when you want guaranteed delivery, in order and without duplicates WhatsApp runs circles around its competitors.

      Compare that with Slack which both on desktop and mobile regularly has weird issues with successfully delivering a message.

      Ultimately avatars are nice to have and later on top of a reliable messaging service but otherwise I'd take boring old text over flaky rich messaging every day of the week.

      • csunbird 5 days ago

        For EU, Whatsapp actually solved a different problem, as SMS already existed to send messages to offline people: You could fit tenfold amount of messages to an mobile data subscription to a SMS package that you can get from your mobile data provider. It was so cheap and whatsapp also had more features.

      • hansel_der 4 days ago

        > To this day, when you want guaranteed delivery, in order and without duplicates WhatsApp runs circles around its competitors.

        idk about slack et.al. but telegram does that with native clients for linux, android, ios and windows. even media-sync is pretty much flawless ime.

  • kevin_b_er 5 days ago

    "Skype for Business" was just a rebranded Lync. Consumer-land skype remained a different thing until Microsoft killed that for Teams. Skype for Business' exe was lync.exe right up until the end. "Teams" was a brand new thing and didn't use the Communicator/Lync/Skype for Business architecture.

    • weberer 5 days ago

      Then why does it say "Skype is using the microphone" In the KDE taskbar when on a Teams call?

    • cuteboy19 5 days ago

      >Skype for Business' exe was lync.exe right up until the end

      What do you mean "end"? We still use it!

      • cube00 5 days ago

        It's now end of life for Teams, there's no chance they'll rename the exe at this point. You'll be lucky to get anything except the most critical bugs fixed.

      • nikau 5 days ago

        I miss skype, only because there was a pidgin plugin that allowed you to use a nice lightweight and snappy client.

  • baby 5 days ago

    It's really crazy how everyone had MSN back when I was younger. It was great, it had webcam stuff, personalization of font size and colors and such, plenty of emoticons, and even GAMES!

    I can't believe they managed to kill this amazing product.

    I do feel like FB is being killed in the same way, as it was an amazing product for many years and has slowly become ads and unrelated content in a noisy newsfeed :( I really think FB should go back to its roots and simplify the interface and go back to the chronological timeline.

    I don't understand why product feel that they need to change to stay relevant. They should just launch other products instead of changing what works well.

    • przemub 5 days ago

      It's because it's not enough any more to have a company with a stable source of income; investors expect a stable increase of income.

  • peteradio 5 days ago

    > Just try to get it to not start at login...

    God, why do PMs push this crap. Like users are picking their communication software of the day based on what pops up into their face.

    • bluGill 5 days ago

      Communication software needs to run in case someone wants to contact you. It should start in the background though.

      • jknoepfler 5 days ago

        Communications software needs to run when and only when I want it to run. Who in the heck are you to tell me when to run an application on a device I own?

        • ryandrake 5 days ago

          Thank you, we need more of this mentality. I am in charge of my computer, not some tech company product manager 1,000 miles away. If I don't command my computer to run a program, it should not run it.

          If I don't think some company's messenger application should run in the background on startup, it should not run in the background on startup.

        • bluGill 5 days ago

          No, communications software needs to be in the background ready to use at an instant when needed.

          There are many people who need more personal discipline to not contact people constantly, but the software itself should be ready for the times when they should contact you, interrupting whatever it is you were doing.

          • costcofries 4 days ago

            dear lord, I hope you're not a PM at Microsoft.

        • Kostic 5 days ago

          Do you also start/stop the modem on your phone whenever you need it?

          For the majority of people it makes sense to have a comms app always running as they come to expect that from the smartphones.

          Granted, there should be an easy way to configure this behavior for advanced users.

          • ajot 5 days ago

            Although a smartphone is a computer (and a pretty powerful one while we are at it), I see it as a communication device. It's main purpose for me is to chat and talk with other people, so I want the modem working as much as it can, or I could miss a call from my granma. Even though I can watch videos (and you could say broadcasting/streaming is a form of communication, just a simplex one) or browse the Web[0], I identify a smartphone as a communication device. That's why I miss hardware keyboards a lot!

            In contrast, I see a computer as a general purpose machine. Sure, I don't turn off the WiFi of my laptop, or the router/AP from my house, but those are means to many ends. When I want to check mails on my computer, I launch Thunderbird, and when I want instant mesaaging, I use whatever program/WebApp I need.

            [0] As I am now doing, writing a comment in HN is a PITA in a smartphone.

            • vel0city 5 days ago

              With Teams, my laptop is also my phone. Really, my old DID for my desk phone is now my Teams number.

              Same thing with Signal. I routinely take/place calls with friends and family through the desktop client. If I'm on my computer and I've got my computer headset on, I might as well take the call on the computer instead of taking off the headset and using yet another device.

              As my computer is a general purpose device, one of its many purposes is also a communications device.

              • jknoepfler 4 days ago

                And as such, it should serve as a communication device when and only when I want it to.

                • vel0city 4 days ago

                  So I take it you turn the modem off on your phone unless you're about to make a call?

                  Or do you leave it connected for long stretches of time to be ready to take an incoming call?

                  If you had a desk phone did you unplug it until you were going to make a call?

            • nailer 5 days ago

              How do you handle incoming calls if you’re not running?

          • safety1st 5 days ago

            > Do you also start/stop the modem on your phone whenever you need it?

            That would be a slightly different way of accomplishing what I already do (silence everything on my phone, and in general, try to prevent it from bugging me when I'm not actively using it).

            It wouldn't be a bad approach at all if it made the phone shut the fuck up. The smartphone is one of the best examples on the market of product managers mistaking addiction triggers and "engagement" metrics for evidence of good user experience.

          • jknoepfler 5 days ago

            I think we should strongly encourage everyone to be both more aware and more in control of the devices and applications they elect to use.

          • JohnFen 4 days ago

            > Do you also start/stop the modem on your phone whenever you need it?

            Yes, I do (effectively). My phone spends a large percentage of the day in airplane mode.

      • Woeps 5 days ago

        Wait wüt....

        Regardless of software, I decide when I'm available to be contacted... not somebody else.

        I already mute all notifications/ringtones on the phone when I want to focus, why should we also start doing this on computers?

        • bluGill 5 days ago

          What makes you as a human more valuable than other animals is your ability to communicate. As if your have everything muted you are making yourself less valuable. The ability to focus without distraction for short periods is okay, but as a human you need to be available to communicate with others the vast majority of the time.

          You will get less done in total, but what you do get done is so much more valuable to humans as a whole that it is worth the loss of focus. It was a real mind blower when I realized that, I still get frustrated at times with my inability to get hard things done quickly, but in return I get much more important things done with the help of others.

          • executesorder66 4 days ago

            > but as a human you need to be available to communicate with others the vast majority of the time

            I hope every time you are in public (and even in your private life) that you are accosted by randos who are over eager to share whatever drivel comes to their mind. And if you complain they will retort with "as a human you need to be available to communicate with others the vast majority of the time".

            Please answer ever spam caller, every JW/door-to-door salesman. You _need_ this. Please post your personal contact details in every public space. Everyone NEEDS to communicate with you. It's not up to you. It's up to them. They must be able to communicate with you whenever it suits them.

          • Woeps 4 days ago

            "What makes you as a human more valuable than other animals is your ability to communicate. As if your have everything muted you are making yourself less valuable."

            That's a nice hypothesis. do you happen to have some research or such regarding this. that could be a nice read :)

            And it seems you agree with the original intent of my message. There is a time a place for being focused/left alone. And it's not up to a piece of software (or other humans) to decide this on a permanent basis.

            also regarding "You will get less done in total, but what you do get done is so much more valuable to humans as a whole that it is worth the loss of focus."

            It's funny because I have the opposite experience. Guess everybody is different in this regard.

        • leetnewb 5 days ago

          Optimist view: Teams replaces desk phones at some (many?) companies. Relying on the average user to open an application to be able to receive phone calls is asking a lot, and is potentially ripe for abuse.

          Pessimist view: Companies gain the ability to covertly track presence, which isn't feasible if Teams is left to the user to open.

  • barnabee 5 days ago

    They also bought (and ruined) MindAlign which had originally been developed and spun off from UBS investment bank and was light years ahead of its time.

    What they turned it into / replaced it with was such a depressing step backwards.

    • Jaruzel 5 days ago

      Yup, MindAlign was born out of an internal product in UBS called 'Interchange'.

      Interchange was a java client, that fundamentally spoke standard IRC to IRC servers, but also used extra external databases to auto-connect users to channels and secure sensitive channels. The client also forced real names (via Active Directory), and was hardcoded to only connect to the UBS IRC servers.

      The IRC servers themselves were altered to only allow Interchange clients to connect[1] and to only allow approved bots in channels most of which did full chat logging for compliance purposes.

      Interchange was so slow it was nicknamed 'Interchug'.

      The IRC server network spanned the UBS WAN network globally, and all staff were encouraged to use it. For the era, no other large banking corporate had anything similar running (officially).

      Source: I worked in UBS IT during this period.

      ---

      [1] Although the more enterprising of us just HEX edited mIRC to report the Interchange client name.

      • pasc1878 4 days ago

        I think Interchange was not originally Java but a NeXTStep application. I am also ex UBS. I don't remember it being slow though.= but then again I might not have used the Java version just NeXTStep and the mIRC hack.

        • Jaruzel 4 days ago

          Did you and I ever cross paths ? Wondering now if I know you ;)

    • pasc1878 5 days ago

      Well that was just a nice GUI on top of IRC, and probably some work on the server.

  • thejackgoode 5 days ago

    I don’t know which universe you live in, but things like Microsoft Communicator/Lync and “worked very well” do not belong to the same sentence in mine.

    • tdeck 5 days ago

      I too remember Lync being incredibly buggy. It's probably the least reliable chat software I've ever used.

  • datavirtue 5 days ago

    An ancient version of Skype for Business is embedded into my old gaming rig. I have tried on several occasions over the years to nuke it but I could never be bothered to break out a debugger and a process analyzer to get to the root cause. It still opens on every restart. I don't even think Microsoft knows how to remove it.

  • Galanwe 5 days ago

    > Then they bought Skype and it went downhill from there. I don't know what happened, but they took a lot of time integrating technologies from Skype (peer-to-peer) with their own tech (which was more telecom/server based)

    I was at Skype at the time, working on this very migration, so maybe I can shed some light on what happened.

    There were a number of failures (on Microsoft part mainly) that made the whole thing collapse:

    - The original Skype developers were used to program in C++ with on-premise Linux servers. When the migration plan came in, the tech stack switched to C# on Azure. Most developers were not really keen or experienced working with C# and Windows. Azure was very much beta at the time, I remember the philosophy was "eat your own dog food" which created an insane amount of frustration working with sub-par tooling, little to no documentation, plenty of bugs on Azure. There is also a mentality/philosophy shift of working with C#/Windows coming from C++/Linux which was not great for team morale.

    - Support for group chat was paramount, which meant there was a need of transition from peer to peer to client server.

    - The original Lync team was very much annoyed with the rebranding and migration plan and was not really keen on helping Skype developers. I remember us receiving a "dump" of the Lync VCS as tech reference, in the form of a big fat multi GB archive. There were tons of binaries, even videos in there... Lot of fun...

    - MS/Lync used a _huge_ amount of proprietary SIP extensions to have Lync work.

    - The migration to the cloud and client-server model was accompanied by a huge migration to a brand new microservices in C# project. It meant recoding everything in a new language, a new platform, a new protocol, dealing with hundreds of half baked microservices in a half baked cloud platform. It was slow, buggy, and an architect astronaut fest.

    - Overall 99% of the original Skype calling team resigned and joined Twilio.

    - Pretty much every manager from MS that I have seen at Skype stayed no more than a year then rotated to a new role, at one point we had 4 changes of management in 2 years.

    - Every single interaction with Microsoft management was surreal. Pardon my language, but they were not technical at all, unable to understand the most basic architecture proposals, bullshitting tech talk 9 words out of 10,and overall they were living in an other planet in terms of market share and branding. You could definitely tell that they were talking "product" and "objectives" for Skype, but never used it, understand it's competition, challenges, etc. Pure bozos.

    In the end I think Microsoft still extracted some value from Skype, mainly:

    - Skype had good PSTN contracts worth a lot of value. The matching engine to select the cheaper one dynamically had value too, and historical data.

    - The brand itself had value for customers.

    • me_again 4 days ago

      MS engineer who worked on Lync. I feel like the Skype acquisition was poorly handed too, but interesting how the perceptions differ.

      We were folded into the Skype org, with Tony Bates -who I maintain had no idea what he was doing- reporting to Ballmer. Fine. But he and his henchman (Mark something?) embarked on a quest to make everyone do by-the-book Scrum. That, screwing around with corelib, and the ill-omened liveid migration process meant that Skype didn't improve in any way users cared about for several years. Meanwhile, the competitive landscape changed and the only Skype feature anyone ever used - being able to call your grandma in another country for cheap or free - lost its differentiation. It was clearly over by the time my mom told me she had whatsapp.

      Nobody I knew had any animus towards Skype engineers and we were entirely willing to help... but what anyone actually wanted was kind of unclear.

    • skeletal88 5 days ago

      Someone I know who worked there said that after the sale to Ms they had 4 levels of managers between a developer and Ballmer. A year later it was 8 levels. Maybe he was exxagerating, but that was also adding to the problems

      • me_again 4 days ago

        It's generally engineer -> engineering manager (10 people) -> group engineering manager (100 people) -> VP -> fancy VP -> CEO.

        Depth of org in a company is logN(number of employees) where N is the number of reports a manager has. At Microsoft there's order of 100K full time employees and N is about 10, so depth is about 6. This seems fairly unremarkable to me, though obviously there are other ways to do it.

        • rnk 4 days ago

          I love that alignment description, that reminds me of what it was like when I was at Microsoft. Fancy VPs always did unclear things. Above them in my chain was some kind of president who had no clear role either.

  • KronisLV 5 days ago

    > Then they bought Skype and it went downhill from there.

    I still remember older versions of Skype, which felt usable and rock solid. I actually used some from I think http://www.oldversion.com/windows/skype/ back in the day for my personal stuff, because the reworked UI was just worse.

    But nowadays, I don't really care that much, whether I have to use Skype, Teams, Zoom, Slack, Discord, Jitsi, Mattermost, Rocket.Chat or something else - all of the communication tools out there feel viable, just none are excellent.

    That said, WhatsApp feels like it's an order of magnitude faster (on mobile) than Signal and Telegram somehow (privacy implications aside, it's still one of the more popular ways to chat with people in the EU), which I found interesting. Of course, it's generally for chatting, not necessarily team collaboration (where you'd want channels and workspaces). On the desktop, however, generally you're just dealing with packaged browser apps most of the time.

    I do feel like mentioning how nice having self-hostable non-cloud options is when you need them, be it Nextcloud Talk or the aforementioned Jitsi, Mattermost, Rocket.Chat or something else.

    • vasvir 5 days ago

      Matrix is a nice federated protocol and with its client element (formerly riot) https://matrix.org/docs/projects/client/element both demonstrate some respect for user privacy boundaries.

      But since it is mostly a network effects game and the setup of keys may be somewhat of putting I am not very optimistic.

      Its' a shame though...

  • twobitshifter 5 days ago

    I started a new job and decided to go all in on using o365, including keeping notes in onenote. They’re launching a new version next month and I’m hoping that things go in the right direction and they keep the features i’ve just started to use.

    • vadym909 5 days ago

      The innocence is so cute in this one

    • marvinvz 5 days ago

      I signed into o365 a few days ago and it recommended a random excel file of a completely unrelated department to me. Not sure why an office application needs to "recommend" files.

      • Mindwipe 5 days ago

        Indeed. The Sharepoint app for iOS is particularly fun for this.

        I have gone to the trouble of installing a Sharepoint application. The idea that people are doing this who do not want a directory tree as 99.99999% of what they do is insane.

    • dismalpedigree 5 days ago

      I wish you well, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • 314 5 days ago

      Sweet summer child

  • drewcoo 5 days ago

    Microsoft had several different non-interoperable message apps, including two named "Messenger." Those golden days didn't look so shiny when we were there.

    Luckily, there was Pidgin/Adium, so we could have one app to talk all the protocols.

    • mBVth4DiupvBPY4 5 days ago

      I'm not sure what you're referring to with two non-interoperable message apps named Messenger? There was MSN Messenger/.NET Messenger/Windows Messenger/Windows Live Messenger, but those were interoperable (they were the same thing, just updates). They also managed to wrangle compatibility with Yahoo Messenger (although by then no one I knew still used Yahoo), and apparently Facebook Messenger, and then did a crappy merger/migration to Skype.

      I'd go back to those days in a heartbeat, and I was there.

      • coredog64 5 days ago

        NT had a built in messenger service that operated on named pipes. It was one of those services you disabled as soon as you could.

        • virgulino 5 days ago

          To be fair, it was a local network toy, more akin to "talk" or "finger" in Unix.

        • pdntspa 5 days ago

          I got into so much trouble as a kid for abusing that...

        • merb 4 days ago

          net send *

  • mindracer 5 days ago

    I had to support live meeting in a 80k seat org at the time and it was an awful piece of software. Quite often it would fail to launch, the Outlook plugin would fail to load. You could spend hours playing with registry settings, app config trying to get the plug-in to launch. Live meeting was terrible and deserves to be fired into the sun.

  • gertrunde 5 days ago

    Skype for Business (SfB) was not renamed Teams, the two products are completely unrelated, beyond Teams being a successor product to SfB.

    Although there was a little bit of integration between SfB and Skype, (and between SfB and Teams as well) - so could communicate from one to the other.

    Although Skype for Business Online was phased out in favour of Teams, the on-prem version still exists, probably for those customers that cannot/will not use Teams for regulatory/compliance reasons, and no end of life date has been announced for the on-prem version yet.

  • andylynch 5 days ago

    Microsoft also had MindAlign, which was an excellent no-nonsense group chat originally spun off from UBS (!) and widely liked by its users at various big firms, mostly banks- basically it was like IRC with management tools and record keeping added to meet compliance and audit needs. Bits got folded into Lync/ Skype for Business but those were never as good and certain customers are still using the original product.

    • xmcqdpt2 5 days ago

      I work at a bank and we currently (but for how long??) use Symphony which is "Slack but for finance"

      https://symphony.com/

      It's way better than teams in core features, although integrations are missing, and it doesn't have call functionality.

      • andylynch 5 days ago

        Goldmans’ response to Bloomberg reporters looking at stuff they shouldn’t have… Symphony is pretty good. It does have video calling but I think many customers opt not to use it.

  • Lutger 5 days ago

    Isn't teams just a reskinned SharePoint with messenging and conference capabilities added? Does it use tech from the Skype acquisition?

    I do remember everybody using Skype, it was so popular it created a verb of its own, we used to skype with each other. Microsoft paid what was an enormous amount for it back then, then basically let it rot. Really surprising.

    • Jaruzel 5 days ago

      Every "team" you make in Teams is a SharePoint site on the backend. Every "channel' under a "team" is a sub-folder on the SharePoint site. Each time you upload files to a "channel" via the "files" tab, it goes into the Documents area on that SharePoint site[1].

      The exception for this, is private channels (the ones with little padlocks next to their names). These are created in their own isolated SharePoint site outside of the parent "teams" SharePoint site. It's done this way because the access security around teams/channels is the SharePoint security system. It's a totally nuts way to do it.

      Teams is basically built using existing MS technologies in the same way that incorrect LEGO bricks can be forced together if you try hard enough.

      I don't think MS have the ability to build an application from ground up anymore.

      ---

      [1] The one upside of this, is that if you only care about the files held in Teams, you can "Sync" the site to your PC, and it appears as a virtual folder in File Explorer.

    • JohnFen 4 days ago

      > Microsoft paid what was an enormous amount for it back then, then basically let it rot.

      They didn't just let it rot. They actively ruined it.

  • thekingofrome 5 days ago

    TIL people in the US use SMS

    • shadowofneptune 5 days ago

      Why don't people use it elsewhere? I know that WhatsApp is dominant, but why?

      • mr_mitm 5 days ago

        Unlimited texting plans were rare in some parts of the world. If you need to pay 9 cents per text, WhatsApp is a godsend. I even had to pay for receiving texts or pay a premium on sending texts when being abroad (which happens much more often in Europe). My understanding is that during the same time period, unlimited texting in the USA was pretty much expected. Luckily, we now have free roaming in the EU, so we don't have to worry about extra charges when using the mobile internet, but I still have to be careful when visiting Switzerland (which, again, is just a 2h drive for me).

        • trelane 5 days ago

          Interesting, given that SMS originated in Europe.

      • doix 5 days ago

        It's really convenient for travel, you don't need to pay international rates for SMS, just connect to free wifi and you're golden. If/When you buy a local SIM card, people can still reach how they used too, they don't need to text a new number. When you change your number for some reason, you don't need to message everyone that you have a new number etc.

      • happymellon 5 days ago

        Because SMS is terrible as a text standard, and people want to use a rich messanger. SMS was used when there wasn't much alternative as Nokias didn't have great app support. People already knew of better things and used ICQ, MSN Messager et al. even without being technically inclined. The limitation was the platform.

        It's also why iMessage hasn't taken off. We are used to things working cross platform, the iMessage lock-in doesn't interest people as it isn't providing much convenience for its limitations.

      • LtWorf 5 days ago

        SMS are quite expensive, if your destination has another phone provider they can be even more expensive.

        In italy we do ample use of sending audio messages. This doesn't work with sms.

      • pmontra 5 days ago

        What other replies already said, plus the UX. If they could write WhatsApp (or Telegram) using SMS and their multimedia siblings (can't even remember the name) as transport, then maybe people with unlimited SMS plans could use it. But the standard SMS app UX is so much worse than the UX of those chats. Add groups and all the other features. SMS are to get notifications from banks and credit cards :-)

        I add a data point on costs and volumes. I have a 90 GB monthly data cap on my phone but I have only either 100 or 1000 free SMS per month, can't remember because I don't use them. I'm probably not sending 1000 messages per month (but it's only 33 per day), definitely more than 100. I don't want to discover that I run out of messages on the 22nd of September so I won't be using them as a hidden transport in a chat app.

      • ithinkso 5 days ago

        Hard to say, they were all the rage and suddenly just kinda stopped being used (their only purpose now I believe is 2FA, and spam). One reason I can think of is chat history syncing between devices

      • lordnacho 5 days ago

        Wasn't it originally because carriers used to charge per SMS message? Whereas you could send a message with very little data usage, and mostly for free when on WiFi.

      • navane 5 days ago

        where i live (western europe), the telco's overcharged for sms, making a decent conversation costs euros each. Whatsapp + wifi is free.

        I heard that originally sms wasn't meant to be a consumer product, it was just so technicians could test or communicate. Then the telco's realized people like texting more than calling (people prefer async sometimes, weird because comms mainly developed from async to sync), and decided to charge a limb for it.

        • prmoustache 5 days ago

          In reality it is more async than texting that please people because nowadays most people use whatsapp as a walkie-talkie over internet.

        • bearmode 5 days ago

          Where I live (also Western Europe), pretty much everyone has unlimited free texts included in whatever telco plan they have

      • conradfr 5 days ago

        A combination of less iPhone dominance, different data/sms rates and other factors.

      • Valakas_ 5 days ago

        Let me turn that around to answer your question: Why isn't the technology behind SMS used for internet?

    • JohnFen 4 days ago

      SMS is universal and free in the US, and you don't have to juggle a bunch of different messaging services.

  • forty 5 days ago

    It's funny, I have used Communicator/Lync and I remember everyone hated it, including the CEO which was a MS fan, which was the reason why we started using it in the first place. I remember it not being even able to sync presence status properly. We switched quickly to Hipchat, which was not great, but felt like an improvement at the time ^^

  • kbrannigan 5 days ago

    Those messenger programs were ahead of their time.

    Even today they feel modern.

    I still remember the jingle : " ta-dat-dat " with the screen shaking.

    The tube monitors with that square screens, that could heat a whole room.

    • stevenhuang 5 days ago

      Nudges IIRC they were called.

      I remember using cheat engine and sending infinite nudges to friends. Good times.

  • ekianjo 5 days ago

    Skype for business is just a rebranded Lync it has nothing to do with the Skype for consumers.

  • blendergeek 5 days ago

    You forgot that MS also bought GroupMe and it somehow still exists.

  • qsdf38100 5 days ago

    Text communcation with Lync was the same as MSN Messenger, super basic. No chat history, no channels. I wouldn't say it's any better than Teams.

  • classified 5 days ago

    Once the beancounters discover that you can make money with a piece of software, the game is over.

roydivision 5 days ago

My 2 cents of venting on this sorry excuse of software

- Backtick formatting in a chat post only works after typing the closing backtick, deleting it, re-typing it

- Text copied from a conversation is polluted with names and time stamps. "I really want this feature" said nobody ever

- The mute/unmute button is hard to find, I don't think I've ever attended a Teams meeting without someone struggling with this. Teams should change its name to "You're on mute"

- Multiple windows, I never know which is the 'main' window, which is the meeting window, where are they, which has focus

- Too hard to know which chat you're replying to, who is in it

- Updates in chats are not consistently acknowledged, you have to change focus, and back again. Even then the "Activity" tab still shows unread items that I have read

- Random crashing

- Random communication freezes, everyone else is chatting, I don't see any updates nor notification of any problems until I restart the app

- "Reply" is sometimes in the chat context menu, sometimes not.

- Media handling is inconsistent, sometimes I can't paste photos, sometimes I can

- The size of the text chat column in a meeting cannot be changed and is very narrow, forcing you to find the same chat in the 'main' window

  • bartread 5 days ago

    I'll add more:

    - Fries CPU and GPU on video calls, making it difficult to use other applications or demo when screensharing

    - Interacts unfavourably with at least some WiFi drivers leading to unidirectional and bidirectional losses of connectivity

    - Copy and paste randomly break so you can't copy content from Teams or paste anything into it; applies to both text and images

    - Doesn't honour setting not to automatically restart which makes it hard to kill when it needs to be restarted

    - Automatic restart means it often restarts before it's cleanly shutdown leading to reoccurrence of the problem you tried to kill it for in the first place, or other random bugs and instabilities

    - Too slow to start up and load channels: show the cached content immediately - stop blocking on bloody network calls like it's the 1980s and you've never written any code that calls over a network before

    - Causes system instability on video calls with multiple participants

    - No feedback on image paste/upload: is it uploading or not? You don't know. Leads to images that you thought hadn't worked just randomly appearing in the middle of typing - not very helpful. Put a placeholder (ideally correctly sized) where the image will go on the client whilst it's uploading and then get out of the way.

    - Doesn't seem to be possible to resize/rescale images

    Could think of plenty more but I should do some work.

    (And, despite all of the above, it's still probably the best of a bad bunch - Hangouts call quality is often terrible, and Zoom is just a complete mess when it comes to anything beyond the basic video calling functionality.)

    • FridgeSeal 5 days ago

      Here's some more:

      - eats your battery like nothing else. Got charge? Not if teams has anything to do about it. Discord does more, at better quality and doesn't eat that much power.

      - has some bizarre interaction with the volume slider: clicking it mutes just the teams call, but sliding the volume controls alters the volume level of the whole computer. Why?

      - cuts off the sides of video, because it defaults to "fit video", so too bad to anyone sitting at the side of the camera, no way to change the setting, so you have to change it by. hand. for. every. video. feed. every. single. call.

      - insists on continuing to send you notifications for that re-occuring marketing meeting you were in once, 6 months ago, but notifications for the link your teammates posted in the chat of the call you are currently in, are apparently not worthy of delivery.

      - inexplicably defaults to using non-native notifications (on Mac OS), not sure why they felt the need to BYO awful notification system on an OS that has one built in, but it's awful.

      • hooby 5 days ago

        - sends you a notification about a meeting starting, with a join button. when you hover your mouse over the join button, the notification disappears. the meeting is nowhere to be found. you have to got to outlook calendar and join the meeting from there

        - sometimes the same meeting ends up existing twice with the same name, with half the participants in here, the other half back there

        - when your internet is bad, you can no longer hear the speaker talking, but the video feeds of 5 other participants all run fine

        - when I join a call with a built-in microphone and a webcam microphone attached, teams pre-selects the webcam microphone, but sends the sound of no microphone at all. I have to go the hidden away settings, change to the built-in microphone and back to the webcam microphone to make it work.

        - a few versions ago, teams would hammer microsoft servers with multiple authentication requests per second, eating a lot of CPU and bandwidth, but there's no indication of anything going on in the UI - you are still logged in and everything works normally.

        - powerpoint presentations sometimes work, sometimes all you get to see is a black rectangle

        - uploading files is extremely buggy, and it's not always clear if it did work or not.

        • I_am_tiberius 4 days ago

          - Difficult to permanently delete entire chat history

          - Odd behavior when using smartphone and desktop app at the same time - sometimes calls accepted on desktop are still ringing on mobile.

          - Slow scroll back to history in chat.

          - Message-Image size (height) limit is small

          - Message length maximum is far too small

          • FridgeSeal 4 days ago

            - When sharing a whole screen or a window, the teams application is forcibly minimised, regardless of whether teams in on that display or not.

            • FastEatSlow 3 days ago

              Thank you all so much for this list! It's really going to come in handy with my custom Teams client, OperCom! https://opercom.co.uk

              • FridgeSeal 18 hours ago

                This is the kind of website design I can get behind.

                • FastEatSlow 9 hours ago

                  Haha thanks, sadly it's probably going to have to change for something a bit more visually appealing.

      • snarfy 5 days ago

        The audio part drives me crazy. Why does it have to re-implement its own volume controls, device settings, and mixer and completely ignore the OS counterparts? On windows if the OS doesn't do what they need they could just walk over (ok drive over) to the windows guy's office and ask for it. I guess they could also send them a message on Teams but then they would never see it.

        • jiggawatts 5 days ago

          It's written like a computer game from the 1990s. For unfathomable reasons, it takes "full control" of your audio stack. I want to say.. ha-ha... for performance reasons, but we all know that can't possibly be true.

          The trick here for everyone being driven mad by Teams randomly overriding system settings is that for each audio device there's a setting miles deep in the legacy control panel called:

              "Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device"
          
          Untick that, and then Teams won't have the permission to change system-wide settings. In practice, nothing else needs this permission anyway, unless you're doing some sort of low-latency audio capture with professional tools or whatever.
      • minusf 5 days ago

        > cuts off the sides of video

        this is the same in skype. i never even knew it's a thing until i right clicked on the video feed. this is some microsoft fetish ux from hell.

        • snarfy 5 days ago

          It makes sense. Teams is skype under the hood.

    • Neil44 5 days ago

      Don't forget the massive memory use, oh and now there's TWO versions of teams - one for 'work or school' accounts and one for other Microsoft accounts. What a great idea said nobody ever.

      • schnulller 5 days ago

        upvote for the two different teams, like wtf...

        also, there is no version that installs in a system directory (bad for deployment), and the deployment version is terrible (it downloads and installs teams every time a user logs in).

        requires tracking protection to be cut for microsoft websites on linux

        super buggy and unusable on linux

        • the_gebbeth 5 days ago

          It's usable on Linux, I use it all day, every day. I just don't know why the Linux client is so far behind the web client despite being an electron app.

          • trelane 5 days ago

            > I just don't know why the Linux client is so far behind the web client despite being an electron app

            My friend, this Linux user since the 1990s would like a word.

    • robertlagrant 5 days ago

      We have Zoom in the office and the meeting room kit is fantastic. I just need to be in the room, open Zoom on my laptop and click Share Screen and it shares to the screen in the room. Never had such an easy time of it.

  • rwalle 5 days ago

    My favorite one is that when someone "likes" or use whatever "emotion" on your message, even if you are currently taking to the person, you need to click "activity" page in order to clear that notification and then come back

    • bvirkler 5 days ago

      Scrolling up and back down will also clear the notification.

    • axilmar 5 days ago

      It is very annoying. Thankfully, there is an option to turn these notifications off.

    • LegitShady 5 days ago

      I turned this off somewhere in the options. You can too.

  • mission_failed 5 days ago

    Searching

    Oh god the searching

    It's so bad it must be actively designed to not work.

    Find a result that is outside the current cached chats and want to see the posts around it for context? Just click the result... To show only the result on page?? Lol gfy, you have to manually scroll allllllllll the way back through months of texts.

    Let's lump together text chats meeting chats, org chart and sharepoint/teams files, and make a totally useless search function that actively hates users.

    • executesorder66 4 days ago

      I thought the search was shit, but it's actually way worse. If the specific message you are looking for is more than 90 days old, it WILL NOT show up in the search results. This is hard coded into teams. They are intentionally crippling the usefulness of their application. It can only be because they are mentally retarded.

  • navane 5 days ago

    - images are deepfried when pasted into chats

    - can't copy an image from a chat and use it elsewhere; you have to find the download button, download it, go to your download folder, so people just screenshot the image in chat

    • cyberpunk 5 days ago

      cmd+tab only works on mac until you've received one notification, after that focus goes to an invisible window.

  • cr1895 5 days ago

    Most frustrating for me is that I receive no call notifications. Well, sometimes I do, but most of the time I do not and I need to wait until a call has been missed before I see who’s called. Unless I happen to be in the chat window of the person who’s calling…then I can see the “join call” button active.

    It’s maddening and IT can’t solve it properly, and I’m not the only one at my company having this issue.

    Utter garbage app and user experience.

    Edit: even worse is if I’m being called into an existing group call…there’s no way to accept.

    • cs02rm0 5 days ago

      Yeah. I log in and type "Morning" as is the routine in our main channel.

      Then over the next two hours I get 30 notifications about people liking my comment and nothing for anything actually useful, like calls. It doesn't even pretend to let me turn off notifications for reactions without losing the whole channel's notifications.

      • easton 5 days ago

        You can disable reaction notifications globally in Settings -> Notifications -> Chat. Doesn't help if you only want them for some channels though.

        • cs02rm0 5 days ago

          That's set to off. I still get them though...

    • roydivision 5 days ago

      Yup, I have the same, to the point where (corp office) I have to run Skype solely to know when I have an incoming call as it has a proper, working notification mechanism.

    • ricardobayes 5 days ago

      I think that's something that actively broken, the android app says in a red banner that call notifications are not delivered.

  • deergomoo 5 days ago

    I had a period of several weeks where most days my arrow keys would just stop working. I could Ctrl+arrow to jump words or Shift+arrow to highlight, but just an arrow key by itself? Nope.

    My biggest gripe though is just the sluggishness in every single thing. It’s like there’s a 500ms minimum latency for any action you can perform in the app. Truly miserable bit of software.

    I always wonder how the dev teams feel on projects like this. They just know they’re shipping garbage, surely?

  • jdhzzz 5 days ago

    To make the TEAMs experience even worse, our IT department, okay at the behest of the legal team, put a policy in place that removes chat history older than 24 hours thus removing the last shred of utility from the product.

  • friendzis 5 days ago

    > Text copied from a conversation is polluted with names and time stamps. "I really want this feature" said nobody ever

    I want this feature in any "enterprise" chat app. In fact, more often than not if I copy multiple messages from multiple authors I want to have author/time metadata. For the very same reason we leave replied-to content in emails.

    I agree that there should be mechanism to copy text only and even a setting to chose the default behavior.

    • vultour 5 days ago

      Sure, if you're copying multiple messages in a conversation. Otherwise you're still able to select the name and time along with the message. Hijacking my clipboard with data I have not selected can fuck off.

      • roydivision 5 days ago

        This. No app should be futching with the text I select to copy. It's like those damn websites who use JS to add crap to text copied from their pages.

      • friendzis 5 days ago

        In case of a single message yes. I guess sane default behavior is to copy content only with single message and content+metadate with multiple messages.

        I guess we are in agreement then

  • shrimp_emoji 4 days ago

    You missed the best ones:

    - Your avatar not showing for you but showing for everyone else

    - Messages randomly disappearing from DM history (they're supposed to be stored locally, so I don't even know how this happens)

    - Entire contacts disappearing (if they're in a group chat, they'll show up as "Unknown User")!

    - Editing a message where you've attached a picture and then it says "Uh oh, we lost your attachment. Please attach it again." (Not helped by the fact that Windows lacks a clipboard history, like KDE has.)

    - Once, parts of the GUI just failed to load, so all buttons and many elements rendered as text labels reflecting variable names. Menus exploded to gigantic size since a small button was now "foo_bar_widget_doohickey" and it broke the layout badly. It was pretty funny.

    (And this is all native! Native app on Windows. Not the web app.)

    I've never seen any software this buggy. I've been using IMs for like 20 years now, and Teams sets a new, utterly unparalleled bar for dysfunctionality.

  • xattt 5 days ago

    > - Media handling is inconsistent, sometimes I can't paste photos, sometimes I can

    I think this has something to do with the input format of the file being pasted. I’ve been able to work around this by first copying the image I want to share into WordPad and then into Teams.

    I also don’t know if this is a policy set by my IT department to reduce the bandwidth consumption from external aniGIFs.

  • cs02rm0 5 days ago

    - The mute/unmute button is hard to find, I don't think I've ever attended a Teams meeting without someone struggling with this. Teams should change its name to "You're on mute"

    As far as the keyboard's concerned I think it's three buttons - something like cmd-shift-m where on Slack it's just m. Drives me mad.

  • reuben364 5 days ago

    - Web interface is not supported on Firefox, last I tried.

    I try and avoid installing native clients for occasional uses.

    • bitexploder 5 days ago

      I run Linux and just keep all these apps on my iPad. If I need to demo software, oh well. Zoom runs way better on Linux natively. Teams is a joke.

  • itaysk 4 days ago

    the markdown like editing is horrible, why is it so hard to implement a few basic formatting options? especially using `backticks` which unless written in one go doesn't work. There was a good few months where lists (-/*) or quote blocks (>) didn't work at all unless selected with mouse, and it would drive me crazy. I used to try to contact support about it but they were always useless. search sometimes finds the message I was looking for but clicking on it never works. wiki isn't editable on mobile. and on computer it's buggy.

  • leokennis 3 days ago

    - When you paste a link and press enter to send, it doesn’t send immediately and instead sends randomly after a few seconds

    - This means if you were typing a follow up message your messages will look like this:

    > Hey visit this cool site: https://news.ycombinator.com/ It has al

    >l these cool discussions about tech!

  • finetuned 5 days ago

    Something I discovered after switching to Windows: MS Teams eats the ctrl+shift+S shortcut while it's in the background, so I cannot use it anymore in other applications. It literally makes other apps stop working properly. Sigh.

  • nanna 5 days ago

    - Last time I tried it didn't support screensharing on Wayland.

  • MagerValp 5 days ago

    - @name stops working if you leave it running for a while

    - Image uploads to a chat failing for no apparent reason

    - No obvious way of sharing/reposting an image or document from another chat

  • jabroni_salad 4 days ago

    > - The size of the text chat column in a meeting cannot be changed and is very narrow, forcing you to find the same chat in the 'main' window

    So evidently chats CAN be narrow if they want but god forbid you want to shrink down any of the windows to park on the edge of your secondary monitor. Why is the minimum window size so goddam huge?

  • deadlocked 4 days ago

    I don't think I saw anyone mention it but you can't copy PNGs from a web page and paste them into Teams.

    If I want to share graphs from LibreNMS with my team, I have to use the screenshot tool.

  • jdhzzz 5 days ago

    Things I like (What?):

    Ctrl-Shift-V pastes into TEAMs with no formatting. Should be part of the OS. Contrary to WebEx (what we came from for meetings), joining a TEAMs meeting from both PC and phone joins you as one participant, not 2.

    • executesorder66 4 days ago

      > Ctrl-Shift-V pastes into TEAMs with no formatting. Should be part of the OS.

      Pasting without formatting should be the default behaviour. Ctrl-Shift-V should be for people who want the shitty version.

yawnxyz 5 days ago

This happens because of how Microsoft approaches product development and design. On many product teams, PMs end up doing not only the product design decisions but even designs much of the products themselves.

This works for them because it focuses product cycles on releasing what "matters" to the customer, but it ends up cutting craft and quality. This makes their products poor to use, but is also what drives revenue into their hands.

They don't really need to be the best or the fastest. They just have to have decent products that aren't the worst (I prefer Teams over Webex), and glom those products together into an affordable package.

For better or worse, Microsoft product suites are like the Olive Garden of the product world.

edit: whoa, got more comments than I thought. For disclosure, I did a brief stint as a PM intern there way back in the day. Wanted to join as a UX designer intern, but got shoe-horned into the PM role

  • jagged-chisel 5 days ago

    I suggest that Teams only gets used because it’s included in the enormous license that companies buy for Exchange and/or Office and the most popular alternative has its own fees. Large companies don’t want to fork over another licensing fee in the tens of thousands of dollars for Slack when they’re getting Teams “free.”

    • c4ptnjack 5 days ago

      I work for an outsourced tech company supporting a large system of hospitals in the NE USA.

      In my team of 50+ people, the last 2 years since starting this contract have been steady transition to using Teams for all communications. They are now moving to use it for scheduling as well with it being integrated with the rest of the Office suite.

      Moreover, the entire hospital system uses it as the defacto means of communication. This makes it incredibly easy to connect with any of the thousands of employees we have immediately in a lot ways.

      I don't like Teams or the office suite whatsoever. However, I think the real secret to their sauce is simple: > Ecosystem integration > Cram every feature possible into each product

      Those two things alone can makeup for all the deficiencies in Microsoft's products within the marketplace. Their software may be clunky, buggy, and terrible to use but if you have those two factors it will stay dominant imo.

    • insane_dreamer 5 days ago

      It's not only the cost, but it's having to deal with another vendor and maintain another system, interoperability, security, access, etc.

    • Eddy_Viscosity2 5 days ago

      Exactly. Nobody likes it. We use it because we have to. We have to because it was already paid for.

      • analog31 5 days ago

        Also, most users haven't ever experienced software that's any better, with a few rare exceptions such as Excel. We programmers have it so good. "How can people put up with such bad software" is a recurring theme, and not unique to Teams or even Microsoft.

        • InitialLastName 5 days ago

          Everybody I know has used Zoom at this point, and has thus seen what dead-simple and "just works" telecom software can be (not to mention FaceTime, which seems to revel in "your never-owned-a-computer grandparent is happy to use this").

          • mijoharas 5 days ago

            If you think zoom "just works" I'm guessing you haven't seen the quagmire of poor decisions masquerading as code that is zoom on the Linux desktop.

            Still better than teams though. (With the caveat that it's only useable on Chrome).

            • anakaine 5 days ago

              I use Teams in enterprise, and Zoom for college. At this point I pretty firmly believe Zoom is hot garbage. Teams syncs with Outlook, and basically every org I interacts with uses Outlook and has Office365 at this point.

              Teams hasn't been crashy, is responsive, doesn't eat memory, etc. At this point I personally cannot point to why there is so much hate for Teams. Either that or my organisation is doing something well to make it work well.

              • tom_ 5 days ago

                It works pretty well for us in these respects too.

                The chat is fucking useless though. We use Slack for that.

          • matwood 5 days ago

            Dead simple is something like Meet. Click a link and you're on a video call with nothing to install. On iOS, FaceTime is also great.

            Zoom is a dumpster fire.

            • prepend 5 days ago

              I’ve had lots of small annoying problems with Meet and find that the only people who use it are Googlers.

        • ragebol 5 days ago

          The managers that force this horseshit on they employees never used anything else before the pandemic. Suddenly they also had to use something with that function, already had Teams and now forced everyone to use it as a lowest common denominator.

          At least, that's my hypothesis. It's the preinstalled browser debacle all over again.

    • twobitshifter 5 days ago

      right and it’s integrated with Sharepoint, Outlook and OneDrive.

      • oneplane 5 days ago

        And those are in the same boat as Teams: it came with the bundle. (well, one could argue that plenty of people enjoy Outlook, but OneDrive is nothing special and SharePoint is just a bad Wiki going the SAP integration hell route)

        • maxerickson 5 days ago

          SharePoint gives you versioned file storage that searches inside of files. It's a big step up from a network drive or whatever.

          (and that's just the really basic out of the box usage)

          • oneplane 5 days ago

            So in essence, a bad wiki but with WebDAV ;-) But I was mostly talking about the "everything is different, from the rest of the MS ecosystem" and "everything you really want you have to bolt on".

            When you use M365 you even get multiple sharepoint-esque instances where there is the subscription one that you get in your general web interface, there is "your own" instance which is the same but more primitive, and then there is a pseudo-instance which is used by all apps (even the web apps) to sort-of aggregate them with infinite loops as a result (some of the interfaces allow you to browse between the instances so you can to into a virtual directory, then go into the same directory but in the other instance, and from there to into yet the same directory again but in the other instance, and so forth).

          • prepend 5 days ago

            I find Shareapoint versioning pretty terrible in that it versions every change and doesn’t let me do tags or releases. So with office auto save I’ll have 700 versions of a file as people changed one sentence a minute for a few hours.

            I actually prefer a network drive over SharePoint because there are fewer lock and sync issues.

            Especially compared to Dropbox or Google Drive (or even OneDrive) it’s so hard to use for file sharing.

            I literally would prefer mediawiki from the 2000s in terms of ui and support ability.

            • maxerickson 4 days ago

              If you turn on minor versions there is a publish function, which is close enough to a release.

        • BuckRogers 5 days ago

          I use OneDrive as my cloud storage provider. To me cloud storage from the top-tier vendors seem to work well enough at this point. I probably would’ve used Google Drive, but once I learned they take it out of your Gmail storage space I declined. To Microsoft’s credit, your OneDrive storage space does not come out of your app Outlook email storage.

          • oneplane 4 days ago

            Yeah, they are all pretty similar. The storage usage is probably due to Google's gigantic user base, or perhaps due to their tenancy model (i.e. you get a 'google account' that also contains 'storage' instead of the other way around).

            While some features like versioning and sharing and mail integration vary, nearly all of the 'big' ones do the same thing (OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, even box.com and MEGA to some extent).

            Ironically, this sameness might actually be a good thing, as it makes it a bit more interchangeable (well, if we ignore the variety in native integrations), it would be pretty bad if there were significant missing features between them.

            • BuckRogers 4 days ago

              I do still keep my Dropbox because it has better sharing features. But I only use that with my wife and we haven’t used it to collaborate since she finished her Masters degree. If anyone has the edge with features, it probably is them. Some of the lesser known names I have accounts worth as well, but they’ve had sketchier history with storage issues. OneDrive simply gave me the most space for free, and I usually pimp myself out to the highest bidder.

    • SkyPuncher 5 days ago

      I think it goes beyond just the licensing fee. It makes compliance/on-boarding significantly easier to have everything bundled. If you're using Exchange/Office, you've already vetted Microsoft for your use case.

    • Fomite 5 days ago

      This. We asked about non-Teams alternatives, and were told we'd be responsible for hosting and maintaining anything else we chose by our IT department, and that was the end of that conversation.

    • cyberge99 5 days ago

      I think Teams also offers more capabilities to Enterprise users. I’ve been on a few teams calls with people on the call that are not visible in the attendee list.

      • lancebeet 5 days ago

        I have also experienced this but I'm quite sure that it was a bug in my cases. Is this actually a service they offer?

    • shafyy 5 days ago

      Bingo. That's the simple and real answer. They invest heavily in sales and lock in big corporates into their ecosystem. Now, they don't have any incentive than to go the extra mile for somehting like Teams. I think it will hurt them in the long run, but in the short term, it's quite profitable probably.

    • encryptluks2 5 days ago

      I think it also has to do with how much money Microsoft is kicking back to the right people in those companies to evangelize Microsoft despite knowing that it sucks.

      • Qem 5 days ago

        In Africa they even fired a employee that discovered a kickback scheme, when he tried to scale the matter up to Satya Nadella: https://www.engadget.com/whistleblower-says-microsoft-spent-...

        • encryptluks2 5 days ago

          I've known about it and seen it happen but rarely do you get enough evidence to do anything about it. It appears when you do then Microsoft will just fire you and put out a public statement pretending that something will change.

  • Kukumber 5 days ago

    For this reason the US military said NO to Microsoft [1]

    The more the deep state (nothing about conspiracy theory, it's just the people at the oval office, and their surroundings, mostly industry lobby) want to trust and push Microsoft, the worse it's going to get in the coming years were AI, software and hardware will be the deciding factor for the civilization war we are currently living

    > Microsoft insiders worry the Pentagon may walk away from its $22 billion contract for mixed-reality goggles as the device continues to disappoint the military

    [1] https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-military-hololens-...

    • ineedasername 5 days ago

      We need another less polarized word than deep state to describe the various industrial complexes entrenched in military & government, and the revolving door of employment between government -> lobbyists -> industry etc.

      • delecti 5 days ago

        I think "military–industrial complex" is the typical term.

        • rchaud 5 days ago

          It is, but despite it being coined by a former US President and WW2 Allied General, it is now taken to mean something akin to "defund the military".

          • krapp 5 days ago

            Eisenhower wasn't exactly praising it when he coined the term, and the military and military-industrial-complex are different things. You can support one but not the other, although most people who use it in conversation tend to be against both, since it's implicitly pejorative.

          • r00fus 5 days ago

            It has a bad rap because of the lobbying that defense companies do to ensure their profits are fed by the government. Oh and the wars.

            I'd say they're equivalent to Big Pharma or Big Oil - all of which have captured any regulatory agency designed to control their misbehaviors.

          • MikeTheGreat 5 days ago

            Could you clarify? I'm having trouble understanding the equivalency because "Military industry complex" is a noun and "defund the military" is a verb (more-or-less)

            • adwn 5 days ago

              I believe rchaud meant that the set of people using the term "military industrial complex" has a large overlap with the set of people demanding to "defund the military".

          • KerrAvon 5 days ago

            In what circles does it mean that? I’ve never heard that one.

            • rchaud 5 days ago

              Among politicians. Military spending is the one thing that never sees top-line cuts, even among so-called fiscal conservatives in Congress that are otherwise happy to slash "wasteful" federal funding for social programs.

              You can lobby all you want to cut other types of government 'pork', and you'll probably have some champions in Congress on the same page. Only the military is untouchable. It's un-American to even consider cuts in that sector.

      • pessimizer 5 days ago

        Or we need to stop banning words because people we don't like start using them (correctly, I might add.) It's annoying that once some people started saying that the country was run by a deep state populated by communist lizard child molesters, the reaction was to start insisting that there wasn't a deep state at all.

        Maybe we can say military-industrial complex? Nice, venerable, well-established phrase, notably popularized by a president during his final words as a president.

        • troutwine 5 days ago

          > Or we need to stop banning words because people we don't like start using them (correctly, I might add.)

          Who is banning words? At least in the US you have every right to say 'deep state' all you want but it probably doesn't mean in other people's minds what you might want anymore. I mean, it's the way of language evolution that when a phrase picks up a much different and negative connotation from what it had previously people stop using it.

    • dismalpedigree 5 days ago

      Military didn’t say no. Congress stepped in and demanded accountability. Military is still having wet dreams about IVAS (military version of hololens). Last I heard was an initial purchase for 1,000(?) units to continue testing. Also the military loves Office 365 and Teams. Everything is done through it now, of course nobody knows how to use collaboration tools and there is no training, so they still email PowerPoints all over the place.

    • blahblah12 5 days ago

      Unfortunatley like many of the other comments have pointed out. This is incorrect. Most of the military currently uses Teams and O365. The military deal for hololens is going through and the shipments are greater thant he initial order. That information is dated.

    • encryptluks2 5 days ago

      Lol.. we all know Microsoft gets these contracts by rubbing shoulders with the right people and they have very little to do with whether the products are actually good.

  • crystaln 5 days ago

    For the record, have you actually eaten at Olive Garden recently? Their food is actually pretty fantastic. Some of the best Chicken Parm. Definitely better than Teams. Please don’t insult Olive Garden like this.

    • prepend 5 days ago

      No. No, this is not true. I think Olive Garden’s food is about parity with Stouffer’s chicken parm.

      Any bad Italian restaurant microwaving stuff is better than Olive Garden.

      I like their breadsticks but everything else should not be eaten by humans.

  • ineedasername 5 days ago

    The “just good enough” doesn’t always work out for MS.

    We Teams as part of whatever bundle MS pushes for OS, Office etc, but no one uses Teams, we use zoom. A few people use slack, but it’s not pervasive.

    If it wasn’t so buggy and non-performant, does it offer any other advantages or “killer features” by virtue of tighter integration to the MS ecosystem?

  • drewpayment 5 days ago

    I agree for the most part except the lack of stability and resiliency. I joined a company using Teams 3 months ago and there has been at least one global outage once a month… that’s 3 more outages than I experienced with Slack for the last 2 years or more maybe?

hangonhn 5 days ago

Because it doesn't need to improve. It just needs to check some checkboxes. It's "free" as part of Microsoft Office 365. It allows the IT department to check a checkbox and de-incentivize them from looking at Slack. With Slack you have to pay for and is yet another app to administer. Many IT departments who are already Microsoft customers will have an easier time rolling that out than a new app. No new purchase order nor legal review. Microsoft just needs to suck the air out of Slack to "win". Any additional investment by Microsoft is wasted.

  • colinmhayes 5 days ago

    Right, every Fortune 500 company already has a msft office contract. Getting everyone on teams is as easy as an IT guy clicking a box and everyone has it on their computer. Doesn’t have to be a great product when it’s that easy to start using. Really Microsoft’s entire company revolves around this “lock them in and utilize our relationship to grow new products” strategy.

    • ghiculescu 5 days ago

      Hmm, but many of those companies probably have a Salesforce contract too. What do you think will happen if/when SF bundles Slack?

      • fomine3 5 days ago

        I think Salesforce isn't used/needed so much like MS Office. MS Office is needed for interoperability but Salesforce is for internal.

        • bombcar 5 days ago

          SF is also thousands of dollars a license, office365 is maybe a hundred. So everyone gets o365 but only people who need access have SF.

  • redbell 5 days ago

    That's why, I believe, Slack had filed an antitrust claim against Microsoft [1] claiming that Teams has an unfair advantage by being bundled in the O365 package which make the chance to pick Slack over Teams for companies already purchased O365 near to zero.

    The claim is two years old now and I haven't heard any news regarding the matter and whether Slack proceeded to the end like Epic Vs. Apple or not

    [1] https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53503710

  • mBVth4DiupvBPY4 5 days ago

    It's actually not free as part of all Office 365 plans, sadly. We discovered recently that we'd either have to downgrade(!!!) to the version with only web apps, or upgrade to the version with Exchange, to get teams. (Or, better yet, pay for a Teams-specific license since it's $0.25 cheaper than getting Exchange...)

    Of course, the whole reason that we were looking at it is that one vendor who says they prefer Teams for some reason, even though we already pay for both Google Meet and Zoom.

    • bombcar 5 days ago

      Teams is decent as a chat client. Zoom is more of a meeting client (it has chat feature but I’ve never met anyone who uses them).

      • nikau 5 days ago

        Its not decent, its usable.

        Decent would be able to switch chat tabs in under a second, reliable quoting (one minute ``` works, next minute it doesn't), an unread messages view like slack, and overall not being a laggy piece of crap.

        It gets the job done, but its not decent.

        • Thlom 5 days ago

          And the splitting of Teams/chat is really confusing. At least in my org the teams feature is rarely used, but we have chat groups for everything.

          Other than that agree that it’s too slow to load chats, unread notifications doesn’t go away reliably, search sucks etc.

          • sumedh 4 days ago

            For some reason you cannot create threads in chat groups but you can in Teams feature.

analog31 5 days ago

It's the iPhone effect: If you use Teams, and something goes wrong, everybody is patient and sympathetic. If you use something else, then it's your fault for being "weird" or "cheap." In my case, my computer came from IT, pre-loaded with Teams, and it runs nearly flawlessly.

But I've noticed something else about computers and software. You can have two people with similar jobs, similar computers, similar software, etc. One person will have crashes and problems all the time, and the other person, smooth sailing. Nobody knows why. It doesn't matter whether they're IT experts or homemakers. In the words of a former office-mate: "I got a new computer, and spent two days setting it up exactly the way I want it, and yet it still crashes all the time." That person was a very sharp and productive programmer, yet he was swearing at his computer almost continually.

  • pxc 5 days ago

    > You can have two people with similar jobs, similar computers, similar software, etc. One person will have crashes and problems all the time, and the other person, smooth sailing. Nobody knows why.

    Imo this is just a result of the chaotic, unreproducible install processes typical for proprietary software and a hesitancy to do root cause analysis on a workstation when you have time pressures to focus on other things.

    The deep mystery of 'no one knows why' when it comes to issues is something I've never experienced on a personal Linux machine as an adult. But most of us work on machines where software installers can do whatever they want, we don't control the software update cadence, and our computers are bogged down with all kinds of instrumentation (AV, privilege management, data exfiltration monitoring, etc.) that affects performance and compatibility in complex ways and whose configuration we may have limited capacity to inspect or modify.

    The hopeless sense of mystification here is not a fact of computing. It's a function of being alienated from our computing environments. We don't have to work this way, and I wish we didn't. But we largely do.

    • mBVth4DiupvBPY4 5 days ago

      It's also a lot tougher to do a root cause analysis when there's no source, fifty layers of framework, and anemic documentation.

      Which applies to nearly 100% of modern software. (Including Linux distros and a lot of their required software, other than the source bit...)

      • BuckRogers 5 days ago

        In recent years, I found things have actually gotten better than ever. Most root cause analysis that I have done has been boiling down to malfunctioning hardware far more than software issues. Usually software issues stem from flaky hardware. People just never get it figured out and blame it on Microsoft or someone else’s software.

        Of course, someone would debate that with me, but before the Windows NT kernel took over, I had to format to solve problems sometimes. I haven’t had to do that a single time since Windows 7. I ran eight or nine years on one Windows 7 install.

  • hn92726819 5 days ago

    I don't think that's the full story. On Mac, which is way harder to break than linux, teams is atrocious. I don't know the teams experience on Linux or Windows but just using it on Mac is terrible enough.

    • airtonix 5 days ago

      lol... harder to break.

      k

      • hn92726819 5 days ago

        I use Linux on every single personal computer and server, and I have been for over 10 years. I love Linux and can't use anything else, but I'm not doing it any favors by pretending it isn't easy to break. Full /boot partition, broadcom WiFi drivers, and anything Nvidia are some of the examples that can cause your computer to just stop working at any time. That doesn't include any of the thousand ways you can mess up configuration too. /etc/sudoers, grub.cfg, Xorg.conf

  • what-the-grump 5 days ago

    Yeah that’s just not true. We run fleets, 10000s of users in virtual machines. From standard, optimized base images.

    I can tell you from experience that issues stay well in known boundaries. I can tell which users will have issues and with what, by just looking at their installed applications.

    Where things begin to fall off, users that want to be admins, developers that deploy random stuff. Power users in general are the cause of their own problems.

    Developers sharp or not don’t always know how to run their own laptop. More often than not they are the cause of their problems.

    There are some terrible applications out in the world. Creative cloud I’m looking at you.

    Or I found this great application called Figma let me paste raw 500mb pictures & pdfs into it and watch it eat my machine alive.

    Laptop & desktop hardware, Apple included, still has a huge randomness factor.

  • kortex 5 days ago

    > One person will have crashes and problems all the time, and the other person, smooth sailing. Nobody knows why.

    http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/Q/quantum-bogodynamics.html

    In all seriousness, it probably has to do in large part with gestures broadly global state. Registry, configuration, what else is running on the system, how up to date it is. There are so many possible different settings, parameters, processes doing weird api calls, that it's a combinatoric explosion.

  • ParetoOptimal 5 days ago

    Plus if you use teams on Linux, guess what's getting blamed first.

    Nevermind the fact I have cross- platform issues (win/OSX/linux/android) with audio and bluetooth devices with teams...

  • 1123581321 5 days ago

    I see that effect a lot. I’m almost always the one who has no problems. I think it’s because I have a good sense of what not to change, I google things I don’t like, I read most of the menus and I know how to back out of config I want to undo. For whatever reason, equally competent people struggle to do these things or are dismissive of them, and then take months or years to realize they’re missing something.

    There is also an admirable type of person who has lots of tech problems because they’re genuinely pushing limits, but they’re rare.

    • shard 5 days ago

      Teams, over 2 years on this laptop and I think there was only one single instance of a problem. Excel, on the other hand...

  • alar44 5 days ago

    That's what happens when you start fucking with defaults. You get farther and farther away from a stabile baseline. 2 days to set up a PC tells me they are just fucking with too much stuff. I have the same problem. But my parents, who aren't tech savvy, have 0 problems because they aren't fucking with the workings of their PC changing defaults and making customizations.

    • ParetoOptimal 5 days ago

      > . 2 days to set up a PC tells me they are just fucking with too much stuff. I have the same problem. But my parents, who aren't tech savvy, have 0 problems because they aren't fucking with the workings of their PC changing defaults and making customizations.

      People have different annoyances and preferences. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be close to the default where you don't need to change so many things.

      While the defaults for other is death by a thousand papercuts...

    • SanjayMehta 5 days ago

      When I used to run Windows, the very first thing I would do would be to turn off all the GUI animations, and switch the desktop back to "classic Windows" desktop, resulting in a usually more stable machine.

      So it depends on which direction you push the customizations.

  • vel0city 4 days ago

    I often find the "spent two days setting it up exactly the way I want it" means they've tweaked so many things those users didn't fully understand into incompatible setups which causes a lot of that friction, while those who just roll with mostly the defaults have much smoother sailing.

    Forcing the square peg into the round hole often results in extra challenges. Sometimes its just easier to use the round peg, even if its not perfectly what you'd like.

    I tend to just roll with the defaults and only change settings when I really need to. I tend to experience a good bit less friction than a lot of my coworkers who flip every switch into something other than the default.

  • nailer 5 days ago

    > If you use Teams, and something goes wrong, everybody is patient and sympathetic. If you use something else, then it's your fault for being "weird" or "cheap."

    Odd. I feel that people are sympathetic because everyone knows Teams is weird and cheap.

  • tgv 5 days ago

    Teams certainly has a random factor to it. Perhaps it's MS' A/B testing or incrementally rolling out features? Because they definitely do that.

  • quickthrower2 5 days ago

    Laptop qc issues? Had to send back a lenovo recently as the touchscreen didn’t work. Tech packs up occasionally!

tails4e 5 days ago

We use zoom but are switching to teams. As an engineer my absoutley must have feature is screen sharing with collaborative annotation. I waited with bated breath for the 'active annotation' feature that was on the teams roadmap for months to be released. And then it was. To my horror it was the epitome of bloat. It essentially takes a screenshot of the presenters desktop and then starts a whiteboard session. It takes a good 30 seconds to enable, and as it's a screenshot the screen being presented can no longer be interacted with until annotation is stopped. The 'active' part of the name active annotation is just adding insult to injury. It's static annotation at best. I couldnt have imagined a more poorly conceived feature, but here it is. Microsoft, please for the love of engineers fix it!

  • josephcooney 5 days ago

    I am not a zoom user, but I do use the "write on someone else's screen" feature quite often in slack when screen-sharing, and what you're describing in teams sounds like utter crap.

    • solardev 5 days ago

      Everything in Teams ranges from "utter crap" to "half assed effort but mostly still just crap". It's the most "me-too" app I've ever had the displeasure of being forced to use... sigh.

Daub 5 days ago

I teach visual effects and digital art. I am used to the madly compLex interfaces (Maya, Blender, Nuke etc). I have no fear of such software. But I am completely defeated by Teams.

- Why two windows when you are in a meeting? The second window is sometimes hard to find intuitively.

- Why, when opening an attachment, is the user locked out of chat? Again, with many windows open, the preview can look and function like whatever app is native to the previewed file.

- is there a way to disable camera previews when sharing screen? The two together take up way too much interface. If there is a way, I should not have to search for it.

- Upload a file to chat and sending that file are two separate actions. Why? I can’t count the number of times I have to remind students to press the send button after upload.

  • jeffrallen 5 days ago

    Also is function X under the three dot menu, the inexplicable and sometimes not there "other three dot menu", the gear, or the sidebar?

    It's like $PATH, but for UI elements.

  • DocTomoe 5 days ago

    > - Why two windows when you are in a meeting? The second window is sometimes hard to find intuitively.

    Seriously, that is a godsend if you are presenting a lot and have a two+ monitor setup - have the presentation up on one, still see your participants on the other one.

    > - Upload a file to chat and sending that file are two separate actions. Why? I can’t count the number of times I have to remind students to press the send button after upload.

    That's a safeguard. Too easy to send the wrong file. Making it a two-step process gives the user a chance to recognise a mistake and correct it.

    • Daub 5 days ago

      Maybe. But in teaching, the bulk of users expect Facebook-normal behavior. Dropping a file in a FB chat places it into the chat box but does not upload. Placing it into a Teams chat box will upload the file and give the impression that the 'task is done'.

      As I mentioned, in class, every single day I have to remind students to press the send button.

      This tells me something very clearly: that they did not observe users actually using this app before they released it.

      • DocTomoe 4 days ago

        Hm, to me it sounds more like Microsoft Teams was not designed to be a tool for teaching, but meant to be used in Office-like environments, which have other requirements than classrooms.

        Trucks are useful and many features of them make sense on a ranch - but they are cumbersome and awkward in the inner city.

    • Daub 5 days ago

      > - Seriously, that is a godsend if you are presenting a lot and have a two+ monitor setup - have the presentation up on one, still see your participants on the other one.

      For me, apps that spit out windows became a PITA when you have many apps open (which I always do).

      Two screen benefit can be had from following the lead of an app like Resolve, which has a built-in two-screen feature.

      Why not use tabs to accommodate the two functions? Or some other widget? Currently, it honestly feels like two apps stuck together. The fact that, when previewing a file, the chat window visually presents exactly as Word, Excell or whatever does not help.

    • sandos 4 days ago

      Wait, the default in teams is surely not to "undock" the presentation? Its a combined window with participants and presentation/video, and the other window is just the rest of Teams...

      But I do agree "undock" is awesome, its the only way to get near-fullscreen on presenations. So in this case there is actually 3 windows...

  • hardware2win 5 days ago

    >Why two windows when you are in a meeting? The second window is sometimes hard to find intuitively.

    What do you mean? Aint the icon stacked on task bar?

    >Upload a file to chat and sending that file are two separate actions. Why? I can’t count the number of times I have to remind students to press the send button after upload.

    I think it could be sane in such a way that you dont send something by accident

    • Daub 5 days ago

      > I think it could be sane in such a way that you dont send something by accident

      I understand that. However, the way they implemented it was clumsy. See my comments below. For this, this is a serios time-waster. Every day I have to remind people use this feature incorrectly.

OrderlyTiamat 5 days ago

On linux, Microsoft teams will change your system sound settings to match its preference. This includes Bluetooth headphones no longer being available to the system. Then, it decides the system settings are beneath it and will only use its own device settings. And it will decide now that your fancy Bluetooth headset is gone, there is also no need for that crappy internal microphone either, so enjoy not having any microphone. Once you get all this working through however many steps it requires of you, teams will happily forget your settings and will require you to do it all over again.

Teams binds to the previous account, so if you want to login to another account (say, if you're both a student and have a job) you have to log back in to the last account, totp and all, before you can logout and log back in to the account you want. There are no back buttons.

Teams is shit. I use it because I have to, but its ridiculous how bad the UX is and its a shame, because I think microsoft can do better.

I've heard the interoperability with teams and office365 is phenomenal though. Multiple people editing the same document, while in a call presenting that document, security of the files all settled in the cloud with easy to use interfaces. It sounds great, I don't really use any of that. To me, teams will always be a crappy voip tool.

  • 4ggr0 5 days ago

    The funniest thing on my Linux laptop is that when I check the OS-menu where I can control every Applications volume, MS Teams is diplayed as "Skype"...

    I use the official Microsoft Teams Preview for Linux or whatever its called, no idea why they decided to call it Skype in the Application Settings. Can't even really be legacy stuff, as far as I know a Skype for Linux Application never even existed.

    • jtvjan 5 days ago

      Skype has always had a Linux client. It was a nice Qt app that looked like the old Windows client. Unfortunately, it was replaced with an Electron app in 2017.

      • 4ggr0 4 days ago

        Wait, my bad, I always forget that Skype was also available for consumers, and that part definitely had a Linux client.

        What I meant was Skype for Business. I had to use a Windows VM, which only use was running Skype for Business so that I could join meetings and call colleagues etc.

  • kristopolous 5 days ago

    Install Microsoft Edge for Linux and use the web version through that.

    Really, it's a great solution. I've done it for a while. I don't use edge for anything else but it runs teams.microsoft.com great

    • yrro 5 days ago

      Before installing Edge I checked out the maintainer scripts bundled into its deb.

      As a result I have vowed it will never sully any machine I am responsible for maintaining.

      • OrderlyTiamat 4 days ago

        Any particular horrid details you'd like to share?

        • yrro 4 days ago

          I seem to remember it messing around with libraries in /usr/lib (overwriting symlinks from other packages IIRC). Whatever problem they were trying to solve, hacking around in the postinst script with files that you don't own is not the right solution!

    • OrderlyTiamat 4 days ago

      I do this too now (except I use the chromium skin instead of the edge skin). I think this is about the same experience minus the device and settings issues.

      Also, don't try to do this with firefox: various features (such as sharing your screen) are not available in firefox.

    • weberer 5 days ago

      Why Edge? It works fine in Chrome and Chromium.

      • JeremyNT 4 days ago

        I don't know if this is still the case, but Teams has a history of behaving differently based on the user agent presented. I assume they will always want to make it work "better" in Edge.

        Having all of the MS junk walled off into its own browser that you use for nothing else isn't a terrible idea either, regardless.

    • merb 4 days ago

      it does not display calls notification tough.

  • airtonix 5 days ago

    google does all that "edit documents while on a call" too, and it's not shit.

jesprenj 5 days ago

Our gymnasium extensively uses Microsoft products - Outlook, Windows, Office, ASP.NET. We've had some proprietary software before for writing on digital touchscreen displays in classrooms, but it was ditched in favour of OneNote. Now some professors prefer to use the classic whiteboard with the regular marker due to very usual malfunctioning of the software, sudden crashes, freezes, VERY SLOW undoing times, etc.

It's the same with other Microsoft products. Like someone else said, it doesn't matter how bad they are, money streams are basically guaranteed.

It's weird how their software almost feels like shareware or debian packages lurking in the repos unchanged for 10 years, just with ads and unresponsive UI.

Students and teachers really have no interest in being informed on the bottom of the screen that it's currently raining (we have actual windows for that), nor do we care that Ethereum's Ether fell by 10% in value this day.

Such things make no sense in an educational setting. Moreover even browsing the web when the teacher wants to show us some JS animation on a website (you know, such website that doesn't get updated, yet works, it's path starts with a tilde, and is only served via plaintext http) is uncomfortable, as Edge browser starts up with a screen filled with ads and random news articles about the war in Ukraine or political situation in the US.

I went quite off course, but Teams is no different. As soon as the teacher logs in to the computer, Teams is starting to launch. Why? It would be somewhat okay if it just launched in the background, but no, after 20 seconds a Teams window opens, wastes 5 seconds of lecture time, because it doesn't immediately have the Close button drawn.

Maybe theese are all just issues our IT team could solve, but given the immense amount of money siphoned into MS both by the school and the country's educational ministry, some reasonable defaults could be expected.

  • m4lvin 5 days ago

    This!

    Another example: In Germany (or maybe whenever the system language is German) Microsoft decided that everyone should have a ferris wheel and a brezel in their task bar because now it is Oktoberfest in Munich. Seriously? I think we have reached spam-as-an-operating-system.

jrib 5 days ago

My company is transitioning to Teams and I find it frustrating. So much so that I collect my complaints in a confluence page. I could be wrong on some of these, so happy to be corrected!

No links

You can’t link to conversations. This means if you want to add context to a Jira ticket or in a code comment, you can’t easily do so.

Inconsistent UI

The UI between a Teams channel and a chat with multiple people is not consistent. Direct chats:

- do not have the ability to thread; so you end up with quotes all over the place and interleaved conversations.

- don’t support ``` for code blocks. Channel chats do. Why? I have no clue.

Notifications in channels are easy to miss

It’s really easy to miss notifications from channels unless you get messaged directly about it.

The emojis are bad

They aren’t customizable, but even the ones that are available are not great.

Compared to Slack

Teams lacks these features that I find useful in Slack:

- Don’t have time to address something immediately and don’t want to forget about it? Right click → Remind me later.

- Instead of struggling to communicate a screen location, draw on the screen when a co-worker is sharing their display. Ok, Teams introduced this recently. But the first time I tried it, I ended up stuck in annotation mode and had to quit Teams to be able to interact with my applications…

- Integration with Jira for automatic linking to mentioned issues by Jira Issue Key, e.g., PROJ-123. I think this one is just a limitation because my company hasn't added the integration.

- Notifications when when activity occurs in Bitbucket or Jira. Ditto.

The hold music sucks

The music played when alone on a call sucks. I suppose this is more subjective than the rest…

  • LinAGKar 5 days ago

    >- don’t support ``` for code blocks. Channel chats do. Why? I have no clue.

    In general, Teams doesn't have real markdown support. It can detect some markdown-ish syntax and replace it with its WYSIWYG stuff, but that's not the same thing (it doesn't always replace it, it doesn't handle messages sent with markdown syntax properly, it doesn't follow standard markdown syntax, and it doesn't let you edit the markdown markup).

    Other issues I've had:

    - Teams for desktop likes to randomly decide your microphone isn't working, and turn your audio off. The microphone works fine in literally any other program.

    - Trying to close the window doesn't close it, it just minimizes it and hides it from the taskbar. It plays the minimize animation, it still shows up in alt-tab, and it stays on the same virtual desktop when reopening the window, rather than reopening on the current desktop.

    - It always throws its window up when starting. There seems to be no way to make it start in the background.

    -There is no way to choose spellchecker language, it's hardcoded to use the same language as the UI.

    • tumetab1 5 days ago

      > - Teams for desktop likes to randomly decide your microphone isn't working, and turn your audio off. The microphone works fine in literally any other program.

      If you're using a Mac this might be a MacOS feature/bug which you might already worked around it in another applications https://discussions.apple.com/thread/253371535

      • LinAGKar 5 days ago

        No, I'm on Linux

        • trelane 5 days ago

          Don't you know that you're supposed to run Linux in WSL, and use teams outside the VM, in Windows? ;)

  • jlarocco 5 days ago

    Those are just missing features, though!

    My favorite Teams bug is when the arrow keys stop working for text navigation. They had to go out of the way to break something like that.

    • hestefisk 5 days ago

      There’s also a bug where it will suddenly reverse text direction from left right to right left. It’s very strange.

      • mr_toad 5 days ago

        I started Teams the other day and the whole screen was upside down as if I’d rotated my surface. Just Teams - every other application was fine.

  • metaltyphoon 5 days ago

    Doesn’t matter… teams is free with an office 365 subscription and slack is not, therefore lots of companies will prefer it.

    • jrib 5 days ago

      Agreed. Especially with slack raising prices, I understand the business decision.

      • winrid 5 days ago

        Not if people quit because talking to each other is made to be a terrible experience.

  • llama052 5 days ago

    How hard is it to get codeblocks working instead of them focusing on every use case on the planet. It's so damn terrible.

    • TideAd 5 days ago

      Always a 50/50 shot whether typing three tick marks ``` will do what I want, or do nothing.

      • llama052 4 days ago

        Yeah it never works for me on the mac osx desktop client. Even the regular quote tickets don't work.

    • tryauuum 5 days ago

      Backticks suck, but you can insert code block with syntax highlighting from menu

      • llama052 4 days ago

        Yeah nothing better than clicking through 2 different nested menus to insert code.

  • mnkypete 5 days ago

    > No links > You can’t link to conversations. This means if you want to add context to a Jira ticket or in a code comment, you can’t easily do so.

    You can, at least technically, if you know the message IDs (search for Teams deep links).. Not sure why they don't expose this on the UI though.. Shameless plug: If you are looking for linking conversation to Jira, try our app: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1220851/microsoft-tea...

  • Noumenon72 5 days ago

    One more: No keyboard shortcut for Back, on the Mac at least. And most of the other shortcuts only work in a meeting.

  • vinhant 5 days ago

    Regarding code block, try ```<space> (backtick 3 times then space)

    • LinAGKar 5 days ago

      If Teams could just get real markdown support, instead of shoddily replacing it with WYSIWYG

      • vel0city 4 days ago

        I imagine the majority of their user base prefers WYSIWYG over Markdown. They're not trying to target mostly developers.

    • cmiles74 5 days ago

      It's easy to forget as literally no other application works this way.

    • jrib 3 days ago

      Thanks, adding the <space> in chats does work!

fancyfredbot 5 days ago

It isn't because Microsoft lacks good programmers. My guess would be that someone believes they need to have every feature from slack, zoom, WebEx, meet etc, and also integrate tightly with every Skype/SharePoint/OneNote feature, and also run on at least four platforms. But they aren't willing to give people time to do this.

  • mysterydip 5 days ago

    When I end a meeting, Teams helpfully shows a window that states something like "meetings is just one of the many things we do!" to which I want to reply, "maybe you shouldn't do more".

  • peterfarkas 5 days ago

    This is spot on. I remember thinking that they added so many features very early on, even though they were still struggling with the most basic ones. And it sounds like they still do.

  • mr_toad 5 days ago

    > It isn't because Microsoft lacks good programmers.

    Their products targeted to other programmers seem to be nicer to work with. E.g. VS Code, C#, SQL Server. The products aimed at the ‘knowledge workers’, like Teams, and SharePoint are garbage.

    • psnehanshu 5 days ago

      I wonder how there's so much difference. Don't programmers working at VS Code and Teams interact with each other?

      • rawoke083600 5 days ago

        Could very well be that the PM/PO of the VSCode project has actual dev-experience as well ?

        • psnehanshu 10 hours ago

          I read somewhere else that VS Code is maintained by the GitHub team, is that correct?

  • cjbgkagh 5 days ago

    That’s what they get for consistently paying less than other FANG companies.

  • kristopolous 5 days ago

    It's software that has never said no to a feature.

    So you get a pile of conflicting goals.

    Generally to resolve this you need to demand a high level of user competency. Think emacs; does everything, things are mutually exclusive, competency is required.

    The teams approach though is to try to satisfy this without requiring any competency. It's probably not doable

  • 2rsf 5 days ago

    > It isn't because Microsoft lacks good programmers.

    Definitely wrong, I have worked there with a few of the best developers and designers, the problem is not with the development side

    > My guess would be that someone believes they need to have every feature from slack, zoom, WebEx, meet etc, and also integrate tightly with every Skype/SharePoint/OneNote feature, and also run on at least four platforms.

    This is probably the main reason, probably not just with Teams but the whole Office suite

    > But they aren't willing to give people time to do this.

    If you refer to the above you'll see that there is never enough time to do that, it's too bloated and sometimes with contradicting requirements. If you then add testing it is probably impossible to come up with a good enough product.

    Disclaimer- I still think Teams is an OK product and I use it daily

dagaci 5 days ago

This thread is incredibly negative, this is a suprise because our entire company relies on teams for remote working and it works pretty damned well.

Interestingly teams usage seems to be still rising post-pandemic, something competitors are not seeing (and competitors include its own Skype product), teams even managed to surpass Slack in third part plugin support. So i'm not really buying this thread as repsentative, but it more function of the extremly high usage whcih is suprising on a forum which is heavily Mac/Linux oriented.

  • brailsafe 5 days ago

    Teams usage is rising because it's free and bundled with other corporate MS office offerings like SharePoint. That's my hunch anyway, I really don't think anyone who's used Slack and Teams equally (yes, on a mac in this case) would pick Teams on its merit.

  • matwood 5 days ago

    > Interestingly teams usage seems to be still rising post-pandemic

    We don't use Teams, but IME, every meeting I setup in Outlook defaults to including a Teams link. I have to actively turn it off. This type of thing will eventually get people stumbling into using Teams.

    • vel0city 4 days ago

      Outlook Options > Calendar > Add online meeting to all meetings

      • matwood 4 days ago

        Yeah, and I have it set for Zoom and it still turns on a Teams meeting every single time. I'm using the Outlook web UI.

  • what-the-grump 5 days ago

    A lot of this thread are people with poor overall implementations complaining about Teams, I bet most of the issues are caused what’s deployed in front of teams, firewalls, etc. Windows not configured for enterprise. IT departments not keeping up.

    I use all major chat applications. From Webex to Logmein, to various telephony bs like Jive, daily.

    Is Teams perfect? No, but it’s nowhere near as bad as this thread paints it. Would I use anything else? Slack for chat & image heavy workloads, like dev team, or IT support queue.

  • telcal 4 days ago

    I guess it's like any product review, those with poor experiences are more likely to voice their opinion.

    Our org uses Teams and sure, there are some negatives (search, I'm looking at you) I've never had any of the issues the parent has and I've been using it daily since it first came out. I also use Slack (less frequently) and prefer Teams, but Slack's search is much better.

  • dqh 5 days ago

    We use both Slack and Teams on Mac - and I find that Teams is more reliable lately.

UniverseHacker 5 days ago

Absolutely incredibly garbage, how do they have the audacity to ship something so bad? The few times I tried to use it for large important meetings were a total shit show. I experienced a situation where everyone could see and hear only about half of the other meeting participants, but not the same set for everyone. It was really incredibly confusing for everyone involved.

joejag 5 days ago

I had the joy of helping with a Teams to replace Slack rollout at the start of the Pandemic. During which I had multiple meetings with Engineers and Product folks at MS. Two reasons struck out as significant problems.

The first was that Teams is Skype and Sharepoint mashed together with duct tape. When you'd ask for improved UX, it would all fall to "Ah yes, the Sharepoint team would have to do X so the other team can do Y. They aren't built like that, though, so you cannot have it". Teams is not one product and will never feel that way.

The second was scarier. I was trying to encourage communities of practice and having open communication by default, with some private rooms when needed. Like in Slack, you have multiple channels rather than disappearing into your own Team. Promoting openness was anathema to their Product people "Why would you want people to see what you say? Privacy is the default". I got the impression MS internally is not a safe space to speak, and Teams has that same cultural baggage.

  • prepend 5 days ago

    > Promoting openness was anathema to their Product people "Why would you want people to see what you say? Privacy is the default". I got the impression MS internally is not a safe space to speak, and Teams has that same cultural baggage.

    This is really weird to me too and makes collaborating within an org difficult. One of the big advantages of teams should be that we’re all in the same org and get paid and background checked. So there’s a base level of identity.

    I can’t tag someone unless they are in a team. So yesterday I was in a thread in an R user group and couldn’t tag someone not in the group even though they had a relevant project. This was stupid.

    So I would have to ask him to join the team just to talk on this one thread. And that didn’t happen so the thread was worse off.

    That and the notifications are horrible and I have so many from the 30 teams I’m in (partly because of the above problem) I just ignore them.

    If someone IMs me, I don’t know it unless I manually go to the pain that shows notifications that is usually behind other meetings.

    I suspect no one at Microsoft uses Teams realistically. So it’s just full of met requirements on paper and not in reality.

  • jiggawatts 5 days ago

    Another piece of cultural baggage is hiding the organisation of people in meetings. Large enterprises do this because they have subcontractors that they like to pretend aren't subcontractors.

    I'm a consultant invited to meetings in a customer's tenant with people from various subcontractors and vendors present.

    John: "So, what is your honest opinion about Andrew's statement?"

    Me: "I have no idea who you are or which org Andrew works for... so no opinion that I'd be willing to state."

  • nullwarp 5 days ago

    The complete lack of being able to have offtopic/misc conversations has really sucked. When we had slack we had a channel specific to just chitchat and it was always active but very loose and fun.

    We now have a "Chit Chat" channel/team but it's so difficult to use in a natural way that now nobody uses it and now we have zero of it.

    As a purely remote worker it kinda sucks

NexusGS 5 days ago

I had to use Teams a lot in the past years as I worked for companies that they went all-in for O365. While O365 is not bad (and even some of components of O365 are quite good) Teams is the epitome of terrible software. Terrible UI, unreliable delivering notifications, terrible at handling external devices (headphones, webcams). It's very untrustworthy when it gets to automatically updating status based on activity (happens more often than you think). The concept of "Teams" (group chats) in MS Teams is the worst I have ever seen. It clearly promotes isolation between groups! I can go on for hours about how bad it is but I will stop here. I will say though that when I interview with a company, if they don't use MS Teams, they get extra points! :-)

Edit: also this came up recently: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-tea...

Good ol' MS!

  • interpol_p 5 days ago

    Yes! I just started at a company all-in on Microsoft where my previous place used Slack

    On Slack, we were encouraged to keep communication out in the open, it was far easier to jump into discussions

    Everyone is in a silo on Teams. Every time something needs to be discussed a new group chat is created, and the public channels see little use due to the "formality" of posting to them

    It's also just a terrible piece of software. It doesn't handle media in any common formats (heif images, and most video is not transcoded). It tells you that you have already posted a piece of media just because the file name matches (likely, as I just paste everything from my clipboard). You can't draw on someone's screen during a call. Trying to type code into the message window is annoying and broken. Typing with any form of indentation is immediately lost. The custom notifications (why not use macOS notifications!?) are gross

    I asked my business why we use it. I was told it was free for them. I told them it's probably costing us a lot more in lost collaboration and downtime due to technical issues.

patentatt 5 days ago

Try this: select all the text in a text box input in teams with your mouse, click and drag the cursor to select the text. Start typing. It will type the correct characters, right to left. So instead on "hello world" it will display "dlrow olleh". No joke. Selecting by triple clicking doesn't trigger the right-to-left typing. Using shift and arrows doesn't. Just by dragging the cursor. I can't imagine what could possibly cause this, even as a bug. Truly impressively bad software.

  • skc 5 days ago

    Can't repro this on my end to be fair.

lbriner 5 days ago

I'm not sure I share the view that Teams is terrible although I do occasionally have problems but I think it does share a lot of traits with modern software that I will call "spongeware" because it feels spongy.

Back in the day with pure desktop apps, you had crisp quick feedback when you clicked things, a window would open or be dismissed. It was hard to cause serious timing bugs because 1) Most things were written in code compiled to platform sdks and 2) Not much was network based 3) THe app worked more quickly than your clicking

What happens when you add not only network, but app frameworks that feel more like browsers than desktop apps, you click things and it takes a second to spring back, you think you clicked a button but nothing happens so you click it again, maybe the app is sending telemtry back to base or maybe it is needlessly loading a dataset from the network instead of just a local dll. What does it add up to? 1,000,000 unrepeatable bugs based on random timings and lockups, based on people doing things they didn't realise like double-clicking at the same time that anti-virus is scanning the network or your internet provider is having a blip!

There are still apps from the old-school like Notepad++ on Windows which feels solid and which auto-updates really easily instead of dynamically updating when you are trying to work but somehow they are not cool or don't tick the promise of "cross-platform development" which mostly means it's a bit crap on all platforms instead of great on one.

enlyth 5 days ago

Simple answer:

It is a badly coded mess of spaghetti code, written with an ancient framework (AngularJS, currently running version 1.5.15), then ported to different platforms with Electron.

Have a look at the source code in your browser, it is not obfuscated in any way.

It is a single file of almost 17MB (!) of minified JavaScript, and I'm surprised the browser doesn't outright crash and actually manages to parse this, run and display a web application.

  • winrid 5 days ago

    That explains a lot of it.

    AngularJS's dirty checking was neat but pretty inefficient, and since you didn't have to think much about implications of changes of state it was easy to write slow apps in angularjs.

  • odysseus 5 days ago

    By contrast, Slack is 6MB of minified JavaScript across 6 requests.

bborud 4 days ago

OK, let's not mince words. It is so bad because you, all of you who suffer under this, don't give IT managers and decision makers enough shit for choosing this crap. You don't stand up for yourself, you don't refuse to use it, and you do nothing to improve your situation because you think you can't.

Right now most of you are shaking your head. "It isn't that simple". "I can't do anything about this". "It isn't my place". You are wrong. You can do something about it, but it is going to take a bit of backbone and a bit of initiative. You may lack a backbone. Grow one. Don't whine. Whining accomplishes nothing and communicates that you have given up.

You find better alternatives, recruit others to your cause and force badly run organizations to change -- essentially by leading a revolt. There is only so much a manager can do when employees say "no". And it is easier to say "no" when more people say "no".

If you have ever been a manager you know perfectly well that if you can't get your people to do as you say, you are done. A leader who can't make people follow isn't a leader. It can be a career killer. Lots of managers have nightmares about this.

You can use that to your advantage.

If you don't want to use Teams: find an alternative, start using it, recruit others to your cause and stand up to whomever says "you can't".

  • Uehreka 4 days ago

    Yup.

    On my team at a previous company we just started a team Slack when the company moved to Teams. If people wanted to get in touch with us faster, they had to use Slack. If they wanted a meeting with us, we’d send them a Zoom link.

    It was passive aggressive for sure, but it allowed us to not have to use Teams as much. I’m sure there are some draconian companies that will actually fire you for refusing to fall in line on this stuff, but for many reasonable people, it’s pretty difficult to fire high performing people for something this trivial.

  • JeremyNT 4 days ago

    I've worked at the same place for years, and they switched to Teams a couple of years ago.

    I can't change their decision, but I can work for somebody else, and having to suffer through this crapware is pushing me in that direction. "Must use Teams" is a huge red flag for any potential job offer.

    • bborud 4 days ago

      I think you under-estimate the amount of power you have if something is really important.

    • prepend 4 days ago

      I use alternate tools in addition to Teams. And I use my budget to pay for other tools.

      • JeremyNT 4 days ago

        Sadly, I'm suffering from a top down "you must use Teams" mandate.

        I hate Teams, but here, I'm going to have to be on it anyway. Slack and other clones are better... but fragmenting communication between two different platforms (one of which must be Teams) is worse than just dumping everything into Teams and being done with it.

yrro 5 days ago

2022 and Microsoft still can't write a program that correctly uses the clipboard.

When I select "some text" and press Ctrl-C I want "some text" in the clipboard. Not this monstrosity:

    [09:57] John Smith:
    some text
I can't believe anyone inside MS uses Teams for serious communication. It must surely drive them mad!
  • Karsteski 4 days ago

    This is one of the egregious sins of Teams that I've noticed. Who would ever want copy & paste to work this way..? Fine if you want to have that option, but call it "Copy entire message". Everyone at my company universally agrees Teams is shit.

  • vel0city 4 days ago

    I agree its dumb that its so difficult to just copy a single message without the header. But select more than just that one message and paste it, and it makes sense why its there.

    It should be easier to just get the body of text from one message while still giving those timestamp headers for multi-message selection. No reason why they can't figure out a better way to have both.

cgb223 5 days ago

From a financial point of view the answer is because you’re not paying for it

Teams is bundled with Office 365 to steal marketshare from other companies like Discord who charge a bit more and are a stand alone service. It’s why Salesforce bought Slack.

CFOs at Fortune 500 companies want to be efficient with their spending so they won’t buy an extra license if their existing bundle is “good enough”

Teams is “good enough” so Microsoft doesn’t invest in it as much as other more profitable areas

  • rchaud 5 days ago

    Nobody considering Office 365 is thinking of Discord as a Plan B.

  • paxys 5 days ago

    They aren't in the same market as Discord. It's Teams vs Slack.

jiggawatts 5 days ago

If we're listing pet peeves, there's an infuriating one that Microsoft steadfastly refuses to fix: MFA re-authentication prompts that often occur in a middle of a meeting.

Recently I was presenting to 30+ senior staff, and in the middle of my sentence Microsoft Teams decided to shove its virtual hand in my face and prompt me to AUTHENTICATE RIGHT NOW. Not after the meeting, not in idle time, no sir! Right now. This instant. Or your presentation to the CxOs is over, you hear me? Got it?

Press the button on the phone, now. Press it. PRESS IT.

smoyer 5 days ago

Because the people making enterprise deals are doing it face-to-face (probably at a nice dinner sponsored by MS.) They don't use tools like this and they're more interested in "checking the box" than analyzing what would improve people's work life (missing that it would probably improve efficiency.) If you're still having your administrative assistant print out all your emails - and dictating your responses back to them - then it's time to retire and let a digital native fix things in ways you can't even imagine!

jimnotgym 5 days ago

This is a regular comment on hn. It doesn't chime with my experience.

I have used Teams every day for 3 years. It is a memory hog, it sometimes takes a moment from connection to hearing people...but I never once had it 'crash'. I swap from phone to screen fairly regularly with no problem.

I wonder, do people who pay for Teams as an organisation get better service? We pay and I have no problems with it.

  • prmoustache 5 days ago

    On the last 2 companies I have been hired we have been paying for teams and still the experience is crappy. I have not seen crashes but however I have seen teams window being totally unresponsive, people complaining about having to reboot their computer because their teams window was unresponsive/laggy during videocall. I mean not just sound and video stuttering like it would with a bad internet connection but the complete window being unreactive. This on all OSes: windows, Mac and Linux. Also the struggle is real when pairing / connecting different headsets/speakers, especially bluetooth ones after the app/browser is started. The device might not appear as selectable, sometimes the sound is coming from one audio device although it is another one that is selected (same with microphone), this is a total shit show.

    On a personnal note it is much better for me since I stopped using the app on Linux. I installed microsoft-edge that is now dedicated to it and other Office365 stuff. I still experienced bugs, issues with messages synchronisation between teams running on more than one device or more than one browser. And the mobile app is a complete resource and battery hog, I refuse to install it on my new smartphone.

  • tapland 5 days ago

    We pay and I've encountered most of the mentioned issues.

    Most aggravating one being when audio just wouldn't work (test call worked fine) for one meeting (forced to listen in through the phone app) and then did work for the one right after.

    The most regular annoyance is me getting marked as idle while actively working. When it did yesterday I was typing away a ton in vscode but it took a good long while for it to update.

  • powerapple 5 days ago

    Same here. Never had a problem with Teams with the organization. I am using mac though.

s1mon 5 days ago

I hate how Teams really can’t handle full-duplex conversations, at least with transpacific calls. You pretty much need to speak, pause, and then hope that only one person speaks next, or there’s a series of “sorry, you go ahead…” until someone manages to get started again. Background noise removal and feedback removal is poor compared to the competition. I much prefer Zoom for video/voice conferencing and Slack for text chats.

However, what Teams has done well is dethrone WebEx and other legacy stuff from really big companies during the pandemic/WFH era. As has been mentioned, many big companies already had huge Microsoft accounts (likely O365) so turning on Teams was easy. When WebEx fell over under load, users moved to Teams.

One feature that’s pretty cool is the real time closed captions and the ability to do text based searches for recorded meetings. But that’s not enough to make up for some of the most basic audio quality issues.

  • pragmatick 5 days ago

    That also means that you cannot mute other members. When I'm in a meeting in my office and a colleague sitting next to me is in the same meeting, I can hear them twice, once in real life and once in teams, a couple of hundred seconds later.

  • FridgeSeal 5 days ago

    > I hate how Teams really can’t handle full-duplex conversations, at least with transpacific calls.

    Half my teammates live in the same city and duplex conversations basically don't work. It's not just "my internet is bad", I can jump on discord with my friends, and watch 3 people stream stuff (in higher quality) simultaneously, and have multiple people talking simultaneously and be able to clearly hear all of them.

tonymet 5 days ago

It's a natural side effect of adoption. Slack and other messaging apps are typically adopted organically by the end-user . They are "sold" via good product experience. Teams on the other hand is adopted by IT administrators who receive the product bundled an appreciate the ease of activation over the user experience.

Havoc 5 days ago

I'm convinced Redmond is using Slack on macbooks internally.

We're Microsoft hardware (surface line), Microsoft OS, and Microsoft software.

You'd think things would work with that combo? Sleep is utterly broken, Excel crashes, snip works sometimes, audio levels are all over the place with teams doing its own thing separate from system, BT connections are unstable, teams is dog slow, Onenote search gives up with even smallish amounts of data saved

I'm just not buying that MS is dogfooding this

  • typon 5 days ago

    When I was working in Redmond I never used IE once.

    • jiggawatts 5 days ago

      Famously the entire team working on the Windows 11 GUI uplift are Mac users. Explains a lot.

metadat 5 days ago

Pretty simple root cause: Bureaucracy combined with lack of shared vision.

I support your need to vent, it's undisputably a magnificently huge pile of stinky garbage. Given the amount of resources poured in, it'd be hard to do worse.

  • tdeck 5 days ago

    What's particularly sad is that they're just cloning an existing thing. The "vision" need be nothing more than "see this, make something exactly like it that works". Google made similar mistakes with Google Chat but thankfully nobody uses that.

    • mBVth4DiupvBPY4 5 days ago

      Nah, Google's mistakes with Chat are myriad but the biggest one is that they didn't make Slack. They added like one feature on top of Hangouts (threaded group chats), completely redesigned the entire interface (and the Gmail and Meet interfaces while they were at it), changed a bunch of words to make it seem like they copied Slack, and then said "enjoy using this new turd we pushed out".

      (Okay, they also added a tiny bit of Markdown-based text formatting. Because why not use the least intuitive, most complicated possible solution, and then not document half of it.)

coffeedoughnuts 5 days ago

We use Teams for group calls at work, but Slack for all other messaging. This is because Slack's video calling feature has always been a pain, particularly for our Linux team members. It could have improved, but we moved to Teams for calls so I wouldn't know. Because I only open teams when we have a meeting and then immediately close it, my experience is generally positive. I _wish_ I could just use the browser based version to save opening the slow-slow-slow-to-open desktop app but: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/safari-browser-su... says I need to disable cross-site tracking which is, frankly, an insane ask.

I think that sort of poor engineering is a sign that the team behind teams must have very limited resources. It's hard to prioritise a desktop browser with such small market share, especially when a work around of 'just use the app' is there - but this is hardly a lean startup here.

  • uselpa 5 days ago

    Teams works fine in Edge on a Mac. It’s the only reason I installed Edge.

    • coffeedoughnuts 5 days ago

      If I’m going to need to install and open specific software just to use Teams, then it’s probably going to be the Teams app itself.

      The purpose of having it browser based is that I can have it quickly open in a tab in the window I’m already in and then close it again.

      Other MS products work in my browser (Outlook for example) so why not Teams? I suspect because the Teams team is pretty understaffed.

navane 5 days ago

Because microsoft got to big, which distorts the market. We learned this in economy 101 on high school: a monopoly is bad for the consumer. This here is technically not a monopoly but it is close.

The producer of good A is using its momentum in market A to push a product in market B. This way, any big conglomeration can use its big fat ass to push innovation out of market B. All it has to do is offer product B for free, with a purchase of A. This promotes lazy consumerism, nothing good ever comes from it.

This is why coupled sales should be banned. This is why the EU tried to uncouple browsers from OSs, why you now have to explicitly choose a browser.

wilde 5 days ago

> I am literally forced to use this app at work...

Exactly. You are not the customer. Your IT admin is. And they have to convince your security team while managing spend. Why wouldn’t they pick the “free” option that your company has already approved for deployment?

rickstanley 5 days ago

Today I had to use Windows. I installed Teams and called a colleague to pair program. He then left me on hold, and the hold music kicked in; I search everywhere in the app's settings to no avail. I searched how to stop and disable this hold music, and then, to me disbelief, I found out that I had to go to "Teams admin center" and manage policy to disable this, there's even a a dedicated page for this madness [0]!

Burn this wretched creature!

[0] https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/music-on-ho...

hooby 5 days ago

- MSN Messenger

- Windows Live Messenger

- Microsoft Office Communications

- Microsoft V-Chat

- Microsoft Lync

- Skype

- Skype for Business (completely different piece of software than skype)

- Microsoft Classroom

- Microsoft Teams

(no guarantee of completeness)

Some of these did better than others, but in the end they all went down the drain. That makes me suspect that it's not the software itself, but some corporate requirements that Microsoft imposes on their chat programs, that's the root cause of the problems.

  • prmoustache 5 days ago

    Wasn't Skype for Business just a rebranding Lync after the Skype purchase ?

    This one was painful with your smartphone and computer not necessarily receiving the same messages. Also I never understood how and why my status was changing/not changing automatically.

    I think Teams still suffers from similar issues. It happens that sometimes I open a second teams in a separate browser to have a full chat window while videoconferencing and both chats are not always in sync, sometimes I see a message has been sent from the notification window but if I try to see the full message it never appears on that window while it does on another one.

    • justsomehnguy 5 days ago

      > just a rebranding Lync

      OCS, Lync and Skype for Business are all the same (quite shitty) product.

      Like in 2014 you couldn't send a message with more than 800 chars. Now imagine troubleshooting something which requires sending logs? AND this is not confirable AND the client actively bitch at you AND you can't even the know the char limit from the client.

      [0] https://techslaves.org/2015/06/03/lyncskype-for-business-mes...

  • baby 5 days ago

    Oh gosh, had to use Lync for work (on a Mac). The absolute horror.

  • adwww 5 days ago

    In fairness the Google list looks similar.

    - Hangouts - Wave - Plus - Duo - Meet - Chat

    • hooby 5 days ago

      Maybe they had similar requirements. Like integration of and into other products of theirs, or idk.

llama052 5 days ago

Microsoft focuses entirely on MVP (minimum viable product) and they expand their use-cases to include more features at a minimal amount of effort.

Polish and use-ability don't matter when they can sell anything if it has XYZ feature.

If you look at the teams roadmap it's more and more features.

musicale 5 days ago

Teams is buggy, clunky, and unreliable, though fairly feature rich. I find things like Google stuff/Slack/Discord to be somewhat more reliable and less unpleasant to use (even if Discord is another clunky Electron app.)

But few things can compare to Zoom's astonishingly cavalier attitude toward security and privacy, and Zoom seems unavoidable in many contexts.

  • kortex 5 days ago

    I will say at least their security game has been stepping up. They've really curtailed what information is available through their apis by default.

    Still not...great. But at least trending in the right direction.

    On the other hand, the privacy situation... jesus I've never seen more analytics and cookies in my life than when I inspect my profile page on zoom.us.

scumola 5 days ago

It's not just chat. It hooks into dozens of MS products (planner, excel, ...), Office365, Azure and a bunch of different services. It has to be compliant with government and Military standards if the domain falls into one of those categories.

If it was just chat, it would probably by much less of a bloated mess of crap. The problem is that MS never makes just a simple tool anymore. They want it to hook into every other MS platform and product line and before you know it, the new product is slow and bloated again...

_nalply 5 days ago

A peeve: Last week I got invited to an online meeting. I am using Firefox on Arch Linux on a Framework laptop. One hour before I opened the invitation link and was just told to wait till the meeting starts. OK. But when the time was up, Teams suddenly told me to install something in a hurry.

I fished out my wife's Chromebook instead but we missed two minutes of the meeting.

That's clearly a failure: I didn't get a chance to check my setup before the meeting started.

dexterlagan 5 days ago

And there's one thing that really bugs me: in the new Win11 build 22H2 - supposed to let you regulate how much power each process is allowed to use through the 'economy' feature of Task Manager - Teams seems to be amongst few apps on which that functionality is not allowed. It's only possible to limit individual processes within Teams, but not the entire app. Basically making the feature useless, since Teams uses at least 20 processes on my system. I can limit all of Edge. I can limit any of my own apps. Teams is the single most inefficient app I have installed. And it's the only one I can't easily limit. Why Microsoft, why? (edited for clarity)

vidanay 5 days ago

Sample size of "me", but I couldn't even tell you the last time Teams crashed for me. I frequently change cameras and microphones in the middle of a call (I change the microphone because I have a USB microphone that is shared to multiple PC's with a USB switcher which means it is essentially being unplugged and plugged. This causes Teams to switch to a different microphone.)

birger 5 days ago

I have a different experience. 5-10 calls/day on Windows or iPhone. Seamless transition if I want to switch the conversation to another device. Use multiple webcams and headsets. Screen-share a lot. Both Teams App and browser version. Never had any problems with it.

I really like Teams and what it brings to my team. But reading the comments here I'm the minority.

  • hnbad 5 days ago

    It feels like a bit of hyperfixation going on. Teams is terrible but so are Slack, Zoom, Google Meet, Discord, etc. They're all also amazing, including Teams. Turns out different people have different experiences and different usage patterns (and hardware) that work differently well with different applications.

    Personally I prefer Teams over Slack but I haven't used Teams in a large company. Formatting is nicer in Slack but I can't imagine why anyone would claim Slack is good for sharing code beyond basic one-liners. Teams allows me to carry over a video call from one device to another while Slack doesn't even allow me to queue a message when I'm on spotty WiFi. Threading on Teams is a bit unusual but Slack's multiple ways of viewing threads (only one of which shows new replies in real time) can also be annoying.

    But I'm not representative of most of the people commenting here. I run stock Windows 11 with an Azure AD domain account on a Surface Studio Laptop, I do my development in WSL and my browsing in Edge. And for the most part, everything just works.

rwky 5 days ago

I use teams, slack and zoom for video conferencing. Of all of them zoom is the best imho. (Not that I'm a fan of any of them). It seems to just work the most. Slack has weird issues with screen sharing only working sometimes apart from that it's not bad. Teams randomly doesn't launch and for the past month the calendar integration has vanished with no sign of return. Why are they so bad? It's Microsoft. Everything they do is bad these days. Hell earlier today I tried to block pushes from admins to a GitHub repo could I find the button? Nope. In Gitlab it's a drop-down. [/endrant]

  • tmpz22 5 days ago

    I use Slack all day every day, and frequently use Slack huddles as a more instant alternative to spinning up a zoom meeting (huddles are more discoverable because you can instantly see channels with a active huddle, and its good for more of a general hang out / paired session that doesn't demand a more static meeting).

    I've not once had trouble with the screen sharing, though in the initial rollout of the feature to our org audio was a bit glitchy - that hasn't been an issue for us in the past ~6 months.

at_a_remove 5 days ago

I can only throw out a series of ideas:

1) It's built on top of Sharepoint ... somehow.

2) It is a "Me, too" product without any kind of compelling vision, which usually leads to a mentality of "survey existing competitors in that 'space' and nab their features."

3) Because it is free, they feel the need to push it everywhere, even if isn't appropriate for most people. Go to your File Explorer and stare at that "3D Objects" Folder, marvel at the concept that so many people would have 3D printers that of COURSE you are going to need a 3D objects folder, the same way you have one for Music. Wait...

  • fomine3 5 days ago

    MS Paint is useful without a printer, so maybe 3D Paint will be become too...

futhey 4 days ago

Their goal was to get a bunch of users. Their team figured out how, and went out and got a bunch of users very rapidly. Mission accomplished. Microsoft was very happy.

Oh– It's a buggy video call solution and poor replacement for Slack? Yeah, not important.

They're at over 270m users in an ecosystem of 350m Office 365 users. There's no "less buggy version of Teams" out there with market share to attract by making minor improvements to the software.

It does exactly what it's supposed to, and what Skype for Business already did. The biggest thing moving the roadmap forward is Teams capability to do "Office 365 Enablement" - i.e. win new users into the Office 365 ecosystem.

There's a lot of things Microsoft can do to accomplish that. Some of them may be new Teams features. Some of them are tweaks to pricing and bundling and other unsexy things like that. Some of them may eventually be bug fixes or fun features that make Teams more enjoyable to use.

But, at this point, your best chance of getting minor features built, is to hope internal Microsoft employees find it annoying enough to prioritize, just so they can see the feature fixed.

Because Teams does what it's supposed to, decently well, and well enough to succeed massively in the marketplace for "generic video call software I don't have to pay a bunch of extra money for".

PhaedrusV 5 days ago

My biggest gripe isn't teams-specific, it's that MS office products still won't support multiple logins. With Google I can be logged into my 4 different work, personal and business accounts simultaneously and switching between the active one is a single button click.

MS won't even support two accounts, so 3 out of 4 times I get invited to a teams meeting I'm in the wrong account, and it's a huge pain to sign out and sign back in; there's no single sign-in (even in Windows!) that works for Outlook, Onedrive, Teams, etc. all at once. Ridiculous.

irusensei 5 days ago

Teams is corpocrapware.

Employer was using Skype for Business. I hated it. Had to install pipeline jobs to detect non-ascii crap that developers copy pasted from message chats. The text processor on Skype loves to convert quotes to curly quotes add some weird character that looks like a space but its some rich text aberration.

When company announced it was moving to Teams I was very happy. We could finally ```exchange some code``` right? I'm not happy right now. Its slow, it hangs all the time, it makes a mess with audio devices and behaves erratically when copy-pasting text. Sometimes it copies what you select but most of the time it copies the whole message along with the metadata.Some people can still use Skype. When you send messages to those people it flattens out everything into a single paragraph.

I suspect some of those issues might be caused by security crapware that the company implements on the locally installed Teams software. Doesn't change the fact that I kinda miss Skype now.

I'd blame Electrum but vscode is kinda ok. Not my choice for editor but still not as terrible as Teams.

Come on Microsoft. Discord which is a tool for gaming teenagers is miles ahead in usability and features. Slack lacks features but its a breeze to use. Even Element which is a company that probably has less than 5% of MS resources can output a decent product.

happymellon 5 days ago

One thing that has been referenced but not really talked about is that Teams doesn't want to be a tool, but the complete solution.

With the built in SharePoint, and Office editors you can see that it is designed for a very particular use case. The problem is that most people on Hacker News are not just document sharing and editing. Most people are not doing this, and especially not in the half baked Office online tooling.

As a chat tool isn't not great. It isn't supposed to be a chat tool though, which is why it will never be good.

  • prmoustache 5 days ago

    It could still be much more efficient and less buggy. A sort of Zulip + Office 365 and external apps integration.

    • happymellon 5 days ago

      It could be a lot more efficient by dumping the Teams tab. I don't understand these cards that have chat threads against them as they are large enough that the information contained in them is useless.

hestefisk 5 days ago

Like Dick Jones says in the Robocop movie about the failed ED209: “I had a guaranteed military sale with ED209! Renovation program! Spare parts for 25 years! Who cares if it worked or not!”

zeruch 5 days ago

Teams has to be one of the worst products in its class, of all time.

It is a catastrophically corpulent and fickle mass of errors, wrapped in a UI that looks like Prince shat it out circa 1998.

archi42 5 days ago

I never experienced any crashes, and neither can I recall a team mate complaining about that.

Bugs I encountered:

1. Opening the link to a scheduled meeting opens the browser (good), but then clicking the "open in teams" and confirming the external URL handler in the browser does... Nothing. Restarting teams fixes that. (Happens for my team mates as well).

2. I have a dedicated USB mic that's always on, while my speakers are on a different USB device that's not always on. I have to reconfigure the audio settings very often, which is especially annoying since I can't do that before answering a call. But changing the audio device works without error (unlike Discord on my private PC, which lets me select the newly connected USB device as output, but needs to be restarted to actually output audio to it).

That's about it. Of course memory and CPU usage are rather impressive. And afaik we don't use the phone (as in landline, not as in app) feature; at least I don't, so I can't comment on that.

I've to add: I tend to bash MS first and ask questions later. I'm unhappy I can't use Linux on both my work PCs. But if I'm honest, teams works pretty well for us.

  • ranguna 5 days ago

    Have you never sent a message with images just to later find out that the message wasn't sent and it wouldn't even show up on the chat so you could retry?

    Have you never tried to join a meeting where teams made you just sit there for a minute until you decide to restart it?

    Have you ever called someone at the same time as they call you, ending you with teams saying that they are calling you at the same time as you are calling them?

    Have you ever tried to click on an old message from a search result, just to end up nowhere near the message?

    Have you never join late to a meeting because teams didn't notify you that the meeting had started?

    If you have an external calendar account linked to outlook, have you never noticed that the linked calendar events don't show up on teams calendar?

    Have you ever clicked on a message notification, scrolled a bit up or down to a different message and have teams snap you back to the notification message for no good reason?

    Have you ever thought to yourself that it would be nice to use custom background images on video calls, just to realise that Microsoft loves Linux so much that you can't do that on their Linux client?

    Have you never noticed your teams status showing that you are in a meeting when you are not, even without any schedules meeting in the calendar?

    If not... Well... Lucky you, I guess.

    • archi42 5 days ago

      Now that you say it, I might have lost an image once?

      Maybe our usage is just to basic; it's a tool for voice/video calls/meetings and some basic chatting. We can't even attach files anymore because our company doesn't really use teams and didn't extend the necessary licence (only our team/suborg is allowed to use it, since we need something like it and the internal alternative is not built, yet... Don't ask, not my paygrade to decide or influence that).

      I don't do a lot of searching. Maybe it's broken, maybe not. Wouldn't be too surprised if it is for some users and works okay for others.

      Meetings are in our outlook calendar, with working notifications.

      No idea about my status, never noticed it to be off.

      I'd happily trade Windows for Linux if that meant no custom background images. But I'm not surprised that the Linux client is more limited.

      I'm probably just lucky we use teams only a little.

    • vel0city 4 days ago

      I have experienced several things on that list, a long time ago. I haven't lost an image in the past year. It seems these days when I call someone when they're calling me it just connects and works and connects. I don't have issues with missed notifications. I'm using the Windows client though.

  • Pooge 5 days ago

    > I have to reconfigure the audio settings very often, which is especially annoying since I can't do that before answering a call.

    A similar issue occurs on Skype for Enterprise. You cannot plug your headphones in after someone starts calling. You have to decline the call, go in the settings and call back.

    • archi42 5 days ago

      I always tell them something like "can't hear you, give me 5s".

amanzi 5 days ago

I wonder how many of these complaints are due to Teams itself or if it's due to the crappy "corporate" builds deployed to the PCs? My guess is that it's more due to the crappy corporate builds since I've seen so many of them that don't have up-to-date drivers (or have missing drivers), and many of them have multiple competing security scanning software, along with over-strict policies and restrictions that affect Teams.

  • kayodelycaon 5 days ago

    It’s Teams. On a intel Mac with no management software, it is a shitty, buggy mess.

    • kbcool 5 days ago

      Works beautifully on an M1. I never have any of the issues that colleagues do on their heavily IT mutilated PCs.

      • mattgreenrocks 5 days ago

        It’s not great on my Intel Mac. Code formatting via backticks is only applied if I type the last backtick slowly. If I type normally, it just interprets it as non-markup.

      • brynjolf 5 days ago

        Must be that they are not true Scotsmen, if they were it wouldn't eb an issue and if it si an issue it for sure never happened to you

mattgreenrocks 5 days ago

Worst bug IMO is that Teams seems unable to reconnect after my machine goes to sleep.

This feels like an extremely basic state to detect: after n seconds of no heartbeat, reconnect.

holografix 5 days ago

Everyone saying teams is garbage. It’s not. It’s like you’re complaining about the kid who got a C in class. Guess what? They passed the exam.

Microsoft brutalised Slack with a C grade app that was “bundled for free”. For 80% of people, teams is just fine.

  • nikau 5 days ago

    It probably also depends what you are used to.

    Younger people have only ever used bloated laggy stuff like teams and don't know any better.

    I miss the days of just having a dedicated desk phone - it rings, you answer, and talk instantly.

    Teams in comparison pops up a call dialogue box, have to navigate the mouse to answer (because the answer hotkey doesn't work most of the time), wait for it to connect, fuck around fixing your audio devices which have changed for some reason, then finally get to start talking.

    Yes teams is better if you are moving around a lot, but if you just work from home or office in a fixed location its a regression in usability.

    • vel0city 4 days ago

      > I miss the days of just having a dedicated desk phone

      I don't really. It tied me to my desk. Now my extension is wherever I want to work, not just at my desk. Its on my cell phone, its on my work laptop, its wherever I am.

      Loads of desk phones didn't have any Bluetooth support so using a headset meant getting a probably expensive maybe proprietary thing with EHS support (or a mechanical handset lifter!!!).

      When I want to call someone about an email they sent me, I just click the Call button and it connects me. I don't have to then think about "what was their extension?", context change to an entirely different physical device, and then dial that extension. And then if that call connected on Teams, I'm ready to share video or have the chat pulled up to easily send them additional context right away. With a desk phone, we'd have to context change to yet another platform to then share a screen.

      I do get some nostalgia for desk phones. I did our office's deployment of SIP phones and continued to be the manager of the PBX until our migration to Teams. Working on that phone hardware was honestly fun and interesting. But looking at my experience today, having it on my work machine and on my cell phone is just better.

      FWIW, my Thinkpad has a call answer and decline/hangup keys on the function row which works with Teams. Makes it pretty easy. But I still don't necessarily have a hard time answering a call with the keyboard/mouse when I'm not in front of my laptop keyboard.

      • nikau 4 days ago

        Yeah its probably a half rose coloured glasses and half the era and implementation of deskphone.

        I had an pre-voip Avaya phone with 24 speed dials - for each contact it had a red/green LED next to the speed dial button that showed if they were busy. If it was green you could just press it and call. It had a proper headset port so no ghetto lifter :)

        Teams has available status also, but I find its pretty much useless as people either fake their status to avoid being hassled, or its synced to their outlook calendar that has so much junk in it that they show as busy all day.

        Roaming around wasn't much of an issue either, I just had forward to cell phone if it wasn't answered after a certain number of rings.

        We also had integration with windows so tel: links and dialling from contacts worked as expected.

        In the end I've learnt to live with teams, I made a small "chat" script that uses a teams url [0] to open a chat with a person from the command line vs hunting through the awful laggy ui, another AHK script to make a global mute hotkey based on a library I found on github, and another script I wrote to fix the audio device.

        [0] https://teams.microsoft.com/l/chat/0/0?users=xxxx

        • vel0city 3 days ago

          Thanks for that URL tip, that'll come in handy.

          Having more speed dial buttons would have made the desk phone a bit nicer to have. Some people in the office which used the phone a 10 speed dial buttons but a lot of the phones just had four buttons which one showed your cureent status.

          Forward to cell is fine but it's only half the full feature of having your extension actually on your phone. You can receive calls, but placing them and having it show up as your office number is trickier. Our VoIP system eventually came out with halfway decent phone apps but it was a bit clunky how it actually worked internally migrating the presence from the desk phone or soft phone to the phone app.

  • deanebarker 5 days ago

    Agreed. I use both apps simultaneously (I have them both open right now).

    Admittedly, Teams uses a lot more RAM, but I have a lot of RAM. I would never know this unless I checked it.

    • mdtusz 5 days ago

      On Linux, the official teams application crashes constantly and most often doesn't work at all for video or audio. Fine, I'll use the browser version then. Except the browser version won't load 50% of the time, brings my laptop to an absolute crawl as soon as you start a video call using up 100% cpu, and frequently will crash any other teams or outlook tabs, or often times the browser entirely.

      It's borderline unusable on Linux, and I've reverted to using it on my android tablet where it is only marginally better and still has issues constantly with audio, as well as crashing when starting up, or "updating" and somehow running two simultaneous instances of the app with only one visible. Also the notifications for when someone calls has never once worked on the tablet, while simultaneously I'll get nonstop repeating notifications for meeting chat messages from a week ago.

      I'm sure for many people it works just fine, but for many others that aren't exactly on the Microsoft happy path, it's a nightmare.

    • nwallin 5 days ago

      It's kinda ridiculous though. My work PC has 16GB of RAM and I periodically hit issues with heavy swapping and routinely causes my computer to BSOD or freeze irrecoverably. Obviously it's not just Teams and its 1.2GB of usage, but it's a significant contributor. (glass house disclaimer: the application I develop uses a ton of RAM, especially with a debug build)

      Meanwhile I bought a personal computer for myself with none of my work stuff on it, and I got one with 4GB of RAM because for me that's plenty.

    • sangupta 5 days ago

      my 64GB RAM Macbook freezes when using Teams - should I get more ;)

Duber 5 days ago

And don't forget about multi-tenant support.

If you have multiple accounts or your account has access to multiple tenants, you can only really work in one of them at a time. You have to log out and log in to each of them. Totally unusable.

Slack got this well from day zero. I can't understand how 6 years later MS Teams still doesn't support well this simple and common scenario.

  • Jaruzel 5 days ago

    Inline external teams (from other tenants) has been in beta for a while now - last time I heard, they kept having issues with the security model.

    At the very least, MS should let us run multiple copies of Teams, one for each tenant. The only way around it right now, is to have the desktop client open and then the web client for a different tenant.

    • hnbad 5 days ago

      You can switch tenants on the fly without having to "log in" again but it essentially restarts most of the app from scratch every time you switch compared to Slack which essentially treats different workspaces like different tabs.

      I think philosophically the cause is that MS 365 and Azure AD are very much built on the idea of having isolated tenants with cross-tenant guests being local copies (the documentation for implementing Azure auth for apps explicitly recommends against mixing tenants) and tenant switching was clearly an afterthought. But there's really no reason not to allow having entirely separate copies of Teams for the different tenants just like you can have multiple copies of Edge signed into different accounts.

      On the other I would be wholly unsurprised to learn that there are some obscure data sharing violations happening in the Slack client when you are connected to multiple Slack workspaces and Teams avoids them through rigorous isolation.

amir734jj 5 days ago

As a Microsoft employee I can say I hate teams. It's just terrible. The search is bad. Formatting code in the message is bad. It bloated. I just need a messaging app. Like lite version of teams.

irjustin 5 days ago

I remember when teams dropped - I was so excited for a Slack alternative.

Slack is still the best thing for work and man I hate that fact. I'm so ready to jump ship - someone please!

[Follow up] At the end of the day I want something as snappy and reliable as Whatsapp for work. I have my gripes about it, but it absolutely excels at one thing - getting my message to the other end.

badrabbit 5 days ago

I have been using teams for 3+ years on mac and windows and I have never had any issues. Perhaps you are a linux user? If so, they recommend the PWA app. I have used zoom and plenty others but nothing comes close to Teams for me.

Perhaps, having used Teams' predecessor "skype for business" I am just grateful the torment is over.

stunt 5 days ago

UX is garbage on Teams. Specially for chat compared to something like Slack. Video calls, I can live with it even though I prefer Zoom and Google Meet over Teams.

If a company uses Teams for anything more than video call, to me it's a sign that they don't care about productivity of their employees.

brundolf 5 days ago

Kind of amazing to see the contrast in quality between VSCode and Teams (both Microsoft productivity apps that are relatively new/greenfield and also Electron-based)

JD1967 3 days ago

I still can't be logged into multiple Teams accounts from my Windows desktop - but I can from my iOS phone! A Microsoft product that works more cleanly on Apple iOS than it's own Windows.

When you're a consultant working with multiple companies, it's vital to be able to access multiple Teams accounts. Now I have to log out and log in to the various accounts, or use the browser version.

Then fun ensues when you schedule a Teams meeting in Outlook and you don't remember which Teams account you were logged into - I've connected to my own meeting, and I (along with everyone else in the meeting) is waiting for the host (me) to start the meeting - but I created it while logged into some other Teams account. Now I have to log out and log in and try to find the right account.

There also needs to be a way to have it sort the attendee list by the ORDER THEY JOINED. Most recent people at the bottom. Right now, it sorts by name and I have to keep scrolling the list of attendees, which keeps changing as people join, and try to figure out if the person(s) I am waiting for are there.

n8cpdx 5 days ago

At least it doesn’t totally change the UI and hide all important elements when you start a screen share (Zoom).

My experience has been pretty positive overall, at least for calling. Channels don’t work as well as slack, but it’s decent.

The big trick is to run it in a browser so you avoid any electron overhead. It is fully featured in browser.

  • TurkishPoptart 5 days ago

    Can you tell me what you mean by electron overhead?

    Does that mean, like, the CPU resources it exhausts in the browser as opposed to the app is capped or reduced? Thanks

    • n8cpdx 5 days ago

      It’s a whole separate instance of chromium running to support the one app vs one instance of your browser running all of your websites and apps. I run Outlook, Slack (multiple instances), Teams, and Todoist as tabs in my browser rather than apps, and the experience is much better than using the native apps.

__s 5 days ago

It's almost like Teams would perform better as a bunch of VS Code extensions

I wish open sourcing would go beyond dev tooling

daniel_j 5 days ago

I had issues for weeks (form the point we found there was even an issue) with some users not being able to create meetings with breakout rooms. Strangely, I also noticed their UI was different. Speaking with Microsoft support, after being elevated to engineers for a while, we found out the clients were being put into VDI mode which is used in virtualised environments and has features cut like breakout rooms (and a different UI). No solution was offered except delete %appdata%\Microsoft\Teams and HKLM:\\Software\Microsoft\Teams on each client when this comes up. We still have no idea how this is happening, we have Citrix Workspace installed for other purposes, but if it was that I'd expect it to affect all clients.

This has been my only real complaint in the ~8 months using the client

Semaphor 5 days ago

It’s funny that it apparently crashes for people. Never had a single crash or lagging, sharing works fine, but it also doesn’t work and is a mess.

Sometimes there are no notifications. I’ve had messages by my boss that I’d only see by chance hours later because Teams never notified me. I tried ingesting Seq alerts. But those are only possible in the groups tab, which has literally no notifications at all if one is in the chats tab.

The search feature has to be an elaborate joke. No one can think you can build a search feature that shows no context at all.

Their pseudo-markdown. What's going on there? If I press the wrong symbols or forget to paste with Ctrl+Shift+V I’ll be in some weird layout state that I can’t get out of, usually I just give up and send the broken looking messages.

rawoke083600 5 days ago

No love for Jitsi in the comments ?

I'm running on Linux, Teams in the browser is 'okish' but always feels crappy/slow/buggy

Jitsi is always nice to use :)

dmje 5 days ago

I'm working with a client right now, trying to onboard them to O365 - I tried to push them the GSuite way (I prefer it, they prefer it, but their IT company is fixed on O365 and...other reasons) - so have been spending lots of time working with O365 from a top-down perspective.

Individually, things like MS Word / Excel work really brilliantly in the browser and as a cloud suite. But put them together and it's an absolutely clusterf*k.

The list of "apps" is absolutely enormous - and there is no coherent route between them, or consistency in operation. It looks like exactly what it is - a huge, overarching and insanely rich company just simply bought All The Things, slapped a bit of branding and a font on everything and then popped all the icons onto the same page. There's zero consistency, zero sense of how these things should be used together, zero explanation as to why you'd choose (say) Yammer over Teams, "Bookings" over Outlook calendars, or "Viva" over Sharepoint. The documentation is awful - again, not individually - sometimes this is ok - but the overall "this is the suite you're buying into, and here's how to use it" strategic overview. In fact it isn't awful, it's just simply non-existent.

This is before you even get to the absolute horribleness of the logging in / logging out / multiple windows opening / redirection hell user experience.

And then - layer on Teams on top of this - it is absolutely opaque about whether Teams is trying to be a sort of "glue" for all of the above (it fails) or a replacement (it fails) or a standalone thing (it mostly fails). There's a sort of half-assed attempt to make bits of Teams sort of work with bits of Sharepoint, but no, actually it turns out it doesn't, quite...

It's just such a weird thing. As I say, the individual experiences are sometimes quite good - Word is really excellent in-browser for example - but the overall piece is just absolutely insane. I'm slightly at a loss as to how to onboard and train organisations with few IT skills when a veteran like me (20+ years in the business) is absolutely baffled by it.

outside1234 5 days ago

I see that nobody here had to use Skype for Business or WebEx... This is the better future people!

  • culanuchachamim 5 days ago

    Those are nightmare! And not to speak about Skype for business predecesor, Microsoft Lync.

petkeviciuz 5 days ago

I'm using teams on macbook (teams have been a default communication channel of client i'm working with). It's truly terrible. Thing I hate about it the most is that it is absolutely not working well with other OS features. In example, when I do development I like to put on a 'focus' mode. Every other notification would go to the notifications bar without bothering me, but NOT TEAMS, it would stick itself out and bang my ears with a notification sound just like it would with a hammer. Once you try something great (slack) you don't want to go back.

oxff 5 days ago

One of the worst programs I've ever used. I would LOVE to meet the guys in charge of it and ask them so many questions about it. It is like Peugeots, you can't make something so bad without it being intentional at this point

LennyHenrysNuts 5 days ago

Disclaimer: I'm a long time Linux user, libre software evangelist and all round sandal wearer.

When Teams first arrived, I was startled at how good it was. Great UI, good telephony and just did what it was meant to do. It worked well, and did what it said on the tin.

I've watched it turn to shit over the last two years. Every update made it slower, buggier and more annoying. Surreptitious updates made me miss meetings as the background service on Android was stopped and never restarted after the update.

What was once a pleasant surprise is now a horrific buggy PoS. Kill it with fire.

mcv 5 days ago

At my previous job, MS Teams worked perfectly. It was used for everything, and it was great on my work laptop. Yesterday I had a Teams meeting with a teacher from my son's school, and Teams outright refused to work on my private laptop, with no indication why. The app when opened just hung on a white screen (even after reinstalling), and in the browser everything worked, except the camera. (The camera works fine in Discord or Google Meet.)

I have no idea what the problem is here. It works perfectly fine in one situation, and not at all in the other. Both Windows machines.

sandos 5 days ago

I find it works extremely well. I can't remember a single crash, even though I started using it pretty early on in the pandemic, along with tens of thousands of other employees. It was clearly worse in 2020 though.

Edit: I do hate one thing, no way to share part of the screen! When using an ultrawide I always have to resort to lowering my resolution to a lowest common denominator 1080p to avoid people not being able to read what I share. Sharing one app doesn't work since I switch applications too much and want to share them all.

thefz 5 days ago

Opposite experience: I use it daily and never had it crash on me. Everything works as expected and I see some slowing down only on very large meetings, but I am on a mobile CPU.

I would even say it's getting better and better.

Thaxll 5 days ago

The backend tech for Teams is so bad that you receive notifications of something even before it appears on screen which is terrible UX wise, the UI tells you something is happening but it's actually happenning 2sec later.

DocTomoe 5 days ago

It may just be good enough.

I work as a consultant, and that also means I adapt to the videoconferencing solutions my clients use. In the last week, I used Teams, Zoom, Slack, Cisco Webex and Google Meet.

Each of these come with different advantages and disadvantages. None works perfectly, but interestingly, Teams is the one I experience the fewest problems with (closely followed by Google Meet) - and if my company was a Microsoft centered shop where lots of office documents are shared around, Teams would probably be what I choose.

Worst is Cisco Webex, which imho needs to die quickly.

perryizgr8 5 days ago

It's all incentives. By bundling it with their Office offering, they've removed any incentive for themselves to put too much effort into one app.

Their customers are locked in for life. They won't leave. They tolerated Skype (Lync) for years, Teams is way better than that.

It's the same story with Google Chat and Meet. They can simply ignore it and what are you gonna do? Move your entire company off Gmail/Outlook? Even if you get irritated and start paying Slack or Zoom, you are still paying full price for Teams/Meet.

ColonelBlimp 5 days ago

After much frustration using Teams, I realised that the majority of my colleagues didn't care or even noticed all the small and not so small things that don't work. So, I accepted the sad reality that in a typical office environment, disinterest is the best ally of software companies.

Having said that, in the last year or so I noticed Teams is more stable and provides a better user experience. Or, perhaps, it's just me being succesful at lowering my original expectations.

mBVth4DiupvBPY4 5 days ago

1) Bundling

2) Network effects

and 3) Who else is doing something different? No one cares about the quality of the product they make anymore. The only thing that's important is pushing new features. Fixing old features is useless because by the time someone finds out the feature they chose you for doesn't work, they've already paid you for a year long contract. And most of the time, by the time the year rolls around, they're used to dealing with the problem and don't want to take the disruption of moving to something else again.

happytoexplain 5 days ago

Still? It started good and became bad, like most software. And, as is also the norm, there is no amount of money that can fix shitty software unless you Ship-of-Theseus it, which is fundamentally at odds with the ideologies of most project managers, whose rankings of how much they enjoy doing things are, from highest to lowest:

- Showing off optics bullshit like burndown charts

- Adding features

- Fixing extremely severe and well-documented bugs

- Committing some token time to pretending to fix tech debt

- Cleaning toilets with a toothbrush

- Actually fixing tech debt

- Fixing bugs

- Hammering nails through each of their own toes

- Making good software

  • winrid 5 days ago

    It did not start good. You couldn't use keyboard to switch chats in the first year, or customize keyboard shortcuts...

    • happytoexplain 3 days ago

      I disagree. I didn't miss those features, and don't consider them to be must-haves in early builds. Yes, they took too long to implement them, but that's why I said it had a good start. As far as major features go, it was, in my opinion, the only app to get some of them correct (e.g. forced threading and the balance between customizability and overcomplexity in notification settings).

neillyons 5 days ago

They talked about this on All-In Podcast this week [0]. Essentially Microsoft teams doesn't need to be "good" to compete with Slack or others. It just needs to exist and part of the Microsoft bundle to be a viable option to the decision makers in a company.

[0]: https://youtu.be/_UpczzfeAFA?t=1099

r_hoods_ghost 5 days ago

Alternatively - in the past 2 1/2 years of using it intensively every day I don't think I've had it crash once and have no trouble switching between headphones, speakers and my hearing aids. Slack on the other hand shudder.I do wonder if a lot of this is due to addons, poorly managed windows installations by corporate IT, or conflicts with other processes.

osigurdson 5 days ago

Honestly, I don't find it bad at all. It hardly ever crashes or drops connections and we use it a lot.

My only beef is voice communication latency. It is definitely several hundred milliseconds - far worse than using a phone. This leads to very unnatural CB-radio type conversations (you almost need to say "over" when you are finished talking).

  • 4whaitsworth99 5 days ago

    For what it's worth... I use teams all day for communication across all of the teams I work with in 3 different countries and have no latency issues.

    I agree with your assessment that it isn't bad though. I don't have any of the issues that everyone here is reporting. Everything just works, I can call any of the 1000s of people at our org and they can join effortlessly.

    I'd happily switch to whatever else to be less reliant on MS, but teams being bad isn't a valid argument in my mind.

    • osigurdson 4 days ago

      I might be exaggerating a little. However, that is one thing that we noticed when back in the office post covid. Small group (5-8 people) conversations flowed better. In small groups, low latency is very important. It matters less with one on one conversations and is unimportant for large meetings.

      I want sub 50ms.

gardenhedge 5 days ago

Large companies don't seem to be able to produce good software consistently.

  • pxc 5 days ago

    Did Sun pretty consistently produce good software, or am I only remembering the greatest hits?

  • metadat 5 days ago

    What are the exceptions to this proposed rule? I can't think of any off the top of my head.

    JPL isn't a large company.

    • UniverseHacker 5 days ago

      I've always had pretty good luck w/ Apple software just working and no real hassle. I would say they largely accomplish this with minimalism... it has far less features than any comparable products from MS, which can be annoying if you need those missing features. MS seems focused on adding features without extensively testing/debugging, so many of them don't work.

      • peterfarkas 5 days ago

        So strange, I had the opposite experience with Apple software, particularly with macOS. I always envied those talking about the seamless experience - I had quite a lot of problems with it. iOS was great.

    • rotifer 5 days ago

      Java and the JVM from Sun/Oracle. People may not like the language (or the company), but it's good, well-engineered software.

      • metadat 5 days ago

        Yeah, the JVM is good. But unfortunately Oracle can't consistently produce good software.

        Java remains a fluke, successful in spite of Oracle.

    • guidedlight 5 days ago

      Oracle database is rock solid.

      • metadat 5 days ago

        Lol, sure- for certain use-cases, it works fine. But the only way it stays consistently good is because Big-O severely limits the scope.

        The Oracle DB internal team culture is just plain depressing. Stuck 30 years in the past in terms of development practices, little or no innovation is allowed. Function names are limited to four or five characters, and the source control is literally from the nineties. Maybe that's the secret to success: Trap enough H1Bs and use the whip.

        I suppose it all depends on how you define "good quality". Across many dimensions, Oracle is somehow better than average.

        Maybe it's because, for all it's faults, Oracle does always prioritize security what "quality", whatever management decides that means.

        Sure beats the Google strategy of constantly murdering anything that isn't Gmail or Search. Is this even a real strategy, or just the lack of one?

        • nikau 5 days ago

          I'm not sure what you are trying to convey here around "certain use cases".

          I hate Oracle culture and their licensing as much as the next person and will avoid their product and services as much as possible, but Oracle database is one of the most scalable and stable database products around.

AtNightWeCode 4 days ago

Never had any of these issues but.

* The volume is STILL too low after all these years.

* You can't be in more than one meeting at the same time. Even working with Teams is difficult while being in a meeting even though this has been improved. If you stay within same account that is, otherwise, you still lose.

* You are much more limited as logged-in than as guest meaning half of the attendees are guests even if they have accounts.

* Multiple Teams accounts simple does not work.

* Creating a guest account in a third-party (Teams) tenant is among the biggest mistake one can do. MS seems randomly force you to login to any or all the associated tenants for your account. You downloaded that document from a customer once and VS like, now before you deploy something to your private tenant in Azure, let me force you to login to that customer that you once got a doc from.

guidedlight 5 days ago

I suggest you try the web app version, it’s faster and more stable.

In fact, I believe Microsoft will replace the desktop client with a web app shell.

You can try it out today;

1. Install the Microsoft Edge Web browser on Mac or Windows 2. Log into https://teams.microsoft.com 3. Click … > Apps > Install this site as an app 4. Enjoy!

  • listless 5 days ago

    Desktop version is electron

    • naikrovek 5 days ago

      that is changing "soon" (with an ever-changing definition of "soon")

      • gorbypark 5 days ago

        What is the “new” version’s tech stack? I always thought that with the Office and Windows team slowly adopting React Native for some features that they would redo Teams with that. Realistically they could start out with a React Native shell and just use web views for most functionality at first to replace Electron (and eventually, hopefully, rewrite some core functionality in RN and/or actually native bits).

        • naikrovek 4 days ago

          .net native application per platform, with WebView2 views but logic moved to some .net language, probably C#.

          I believe all application logic is moving to .net with the visible elements being HTML & CSS, but do not remember where I read it, so take it with a grain of salt.

          if there was mention of react native, I do not remember it, but I gloss right over mentions of most web frameworks, so it may play a role.

  • Jaruzel 5 days ago

    For Chrome:

      chrome.exe --app=https://teams.microsoft.com
    
    you can also add these two for an isolated copy of each Teams instance:

      --profile-directory=
      --user-data-dir=
  • TurkishPoptart 5 days ago

    Thanks so much, I will try this! Much appreciated!

sathishvj 4 days ago

The chat button for Teams on my macbook pro does not show up. On another older macbook pro, it works. I've seen this random issue showing up on forums, and there's never any working solution. It's just so weird, and I can't participate in any chat conversations. :shrug:

n_ary 5 days ago

To be honest, it comes with the general Office365 package and if you are leaned on Azure(popular where I am from), then why not use it as is? Teams is convenient too, as adding a calendar invite means you get am auto generated meeting link. And in most cases business & accounting teams make the choice and implement it company wide as policy.

We also use it, but out of frustration, many of our colleagues use Slack as well as some hardcore engineering teams are too reluctant to use Teams and outright use Discord.

Many of the teams brought in the issue to upper management about Teams but they redirect us to our IT management company, who tells us it comes with subscription and our business strategists or something has to ask to change this but they want an “ubiquitous” company wide system and so on.

Now we are often stuck with messaging people in three different places because someone will never respond in Teams, someone may not be in Slack and someone may not be using discord :)

osigurdson 5 days ago

I wonder if part of the problem is the team's OKRs always need to include some new feature since the existence (or lack thereof) is very concrete and measurable. Of course outside of Microsoft, no one notices these features and would rather have the software simply get faster and more reliable.

baxtr 5 days ago

Teams on my laptop crashes in the middle of calls. The only way to fix this is to reinstall. And then hope it will stay stable for a while.

Teams on my smartphone crashes in the middle of calls. The only way to fix this is to reinstall from the App Store. And then hope it will stay stable for a while.

Also I’m paying a monthly subscription for this experience.

Forge36 5 days ago

I've been told it's better running inside chrome (I've yet to test this).

I suspect the complicated features mixed with weird memory/performance management techniques and automated testing don't align well with user use cases (try copy pasting large conversations and notice I'll start deselecting text as you scroll).

Spooky23 5 days ago

It’s good enough.

  • lucasgonze 5 days ago

    ...for the business strategy:

    1. Neutralize the threat from Slack (AKA Salesforce)

    2. Give Enterprise sales teams a checklist item

    3. Don't spend a dime more than necessary on software development

    4. Integrate with the rest of the MS enterprise product line

    On top of those goals, the internal sponsors of Teams have to survive the savage internal politics at Microsoft, so the product is designed to threaten no important factions.

    • Spooky23 5 days ago

      Remember that Microsoft has had a UC/chat app forever. Teams in comparison to Skype for Business is an improvement.

      • lucasgonze 4 days ago

        Yes, I agree. Skype is even worse, maybe just because it's older and has been neglected longer.

karottenreibe 4 days ago

All of this thread I read so far is complaining on a very high level. Compare the teams era to the pre teams era where companies often either had no meeting software and experience at all and onsite visits or phone calls was the only option, or they used Skype for business which was arguably even worse. Then the minor annoyances of teams seem small in comparison.

That's not too say these things shouldn't be improved, but bundling teams with office for free sure made my communications with most of my customers 1000% easier.

jreed91 5 days ago

Does teams still use emails on the backend for every message?

  • FastEatSlow 3 days ago

    I hope not, though that may explain why they keep any message content as oddly formatted HTML and CSS.

ricardobayes 5 days ago

It's actually getting worse and worse even on windows sadly. Meeting notifications are not working, and suddenly I have issues with audio which I never had before in two years. I need to unplug and plug my headphones for the mic to work.

thrownaway561 5 days ago

With all the problems with Teams, I would rather use it then Google Meet. At least with Teams you can request control of the presenters PC which make it great for doing support calls. Google Meet is sooooooo resource intensive that my entire machine goes to a crawl when I am on a call with more than 3 people (which is often). Not to mention that Teams is so integrated with Office 365. I love that whatever chat you have in a Teams meeting, you have in the Teams app unlike Meet which anything you place in chat is lost after the meeting.

Teams might not be perfect by far, but it is light years better than anything in the enterprise right now.

anonym29 5 days ago

1 word - Electron. The next version will still make heavy use of Chromium, but no longer via Electron.

ncann 5 days ago

For an app made by one of the largest software companies out there, Teams devs can't figure out how to format code snippet/log snippet in a readable way. The font is way too big and they waste half the app's width for things other than the message.

bluedino 5 days ago

Can't even copy and paste code etc

What a joke.

  • nwallin 5 days ago

    Three backticks then a space. Then paste the code. then hit enter 4-5 times until it sends it.

    I don't know where I learned this eldritch incantation--it certainly wasn't in the documentation--but it works.

    • pxc 5 days ago

      > this eldritch incantation

      It's the spawn of an unholy union between Markdown and WYSIWYG. Triple backticks is the opening (and closing) sequence of characters used to denote multiline snippets of 'preformatted text' or code in Markdown.

      Pressing enter 5 times is what happens because Microsoft insists on preventing you from writing actual Markdown, even as an option.

      Single backticks works (and you can use a second backtick to close 'exit' that formatting mode), but delightfully, it only works if you're typing, and not if you copy and paste.

      • tom9729 5 days ago

        The space wasn't necessary previously, and pasting code DID work, and then an update silently broke it and it's been like that ever since. Now you're supposed to use the formatting toolbar to insert a snippet. What a joke!

        • pxc 5 days ago

          So you used to be able to compose long messages in a decent editor and paste them in, and now you can't. Ugh.

beebmam 5 days ago

I've never had the application crash, not even once. The only problem I've had with it being slow is when it opens Office apps inside of it. It's been flawless otherwise, leaps and bounds ahead of Zoom and Slack.

nullcontext 5 days ago

Once upon a time we had Lotus Sametime in office for IM communication and we liked it. It was good. It worked and didn't have dealbeaking quirks or fails. I miss Sametime, always have.

Lync was not perfect, and Skype for Business even less so, but they at least had a UI that wasn't a chainsaw massacre to use or to stare at. Every time I have to use Teams because it's the de-facto standard I always come away from the conference call feeling dirty - like I just used a nasty shopping cart at a disgusting filthy walmart to get groceries - and makes me pine for SfB or Sametime.

Better days.

alkonaut 5 days ago

I have had zero crashes since it came out (I use it on Windows and iOS), and I switch devices in call frequently. While some parts of its UX are questionable, it’s not stability or performance I have problems with.

Are you using it on Windows?

version_five 5 days ago

I've actually had a pretty good experience with Teams (and I generally have a lot of bad stuff to say about MS).

I used it in the browser with Linux and it wasn't great. But on a mac it is fine and I haven't experienced any real problems.

a0-prw 5 days ago

I am also forced to use it for work, and agree that MS Teams is annoying. However, it sucks less than some of the other stuff I have to use, which appears to have been designed by people intent on sabotaging our work

wseqyrku 5 days ago

Microsoft tried to buy Discord for a reason. I think it would have led to better integrations + a for business version which surprisingly enough people are asking Discord to do for a long time now..

John23832 5 days ago

David Saks talked about this on the last All In podcast.

Teams just had to be good enough to be included into Microsoft’s “Bundle”. Once it’s free and available, it gets adopted by prior bundle purchasers.

thorin 5 days ago

Teams isn't great ( from a feature and memory perspective ), but anyone who hates it should be forced to use Webex, on a bad network connection to India with 50+ people on a call!

zac23or 5 days ago

Only someone on the development team has the answer.

But it's normal for MS to rush with a product, only to get better after years. I remember that IE only gets good after IE 4, and SQLServer only after some versions too.

rayiner 5 days ago

+1. How is it so bad on so many levels? Like just browsing and searching for files in the files tab. It’s impossible even with numbers of files Explorer could easily handle in Windows 2000.

RyanShook 5 days ago

I actually think Teams is pretty good and gets the job done. It could be better at video calling but for chat and most other collaboration it does what it's supposed to do.

MauroIksem 2 days ago

We've been using teams in our org since inception and i haven't experienced any of these issues.

darthrupert 5 days ago

This provides a neat datapoint when looking for a new job. If they chose Exchange365 as their office toolset, I can immediately ignore them.

WesleyJohnson 5 days ago

I agree, it's bad. We were on Slack before, but switched to teams when going all in on Office 365. I really wanted to use the "Teams" feature in teams, along with chat for general chats not specific to projects. That never panned out.

We'd never see communications, even with notifications, in the "Teams" area of teams. When I did think to look at the conversations, all of the additional whitespace and padding the Mac client adds (not sure if it's all clients) on the messages in the "Teams" area just made it very difficult to consume context around a single discussion. There were another annoyances, but we didn't use it long enough for me to remember what they were.

We now just use the "Chat" portion of teams for all conversations and rename multi-person conversations with the project name. Starting a new chat with the same group of people for a different project is far more difficult than it needs to be, but I understand that's probably not the use case with how we're using it.

Search is abysmal. When clicking a result, you jump to the message but it is invariably devoid of any contextual information. It's just the message, by itself, in the chat window. It's only use is finding the date/time for the message you need, then scrolling back (for minutes sometimes) until you find the conversation from 3 weeks ago. And then, all the reverse infinite-scroll loading makes the client slow down to a crawl.

We routinely have issues with images not displaying. Sometimes loading the larger version works, many times it does not.

We routinely have issues with messages going completely missing in 1:1 chats. The sender can screenshot and show the message was sent, but the recipient never receives it, even after restarting the client.

I often get notifications of a new message in a 1:1 chat and when I goto the chat, I'm at the end of the channel and the message isn't there. I have to scroll up and then scroll back down so the infinite-scroll will load the missing message.

When in the new message box, I can CMD + UPARROW to edit my last message. This is useful because I make a lot of typos and fix them after sending/reading. A bad habit, perhaps, but it's how my process works. Anyway, this doesn't work if I someone has sent a message after mine. Teams is not smart enough to let me edit my last message with CMD + UP unless it was the last one sent. I have to switch to the mouse to make the edit. Also, if I CMD + UP in time to make an edit, submit it, then realized I missed another typo (it happens), CMD + UP no longer works. I have to manually focus the "Type a new message" box again and then it'll work. At that point I've touched my mouse, so I usually just opt to right click + edit the last message.

Sometimes after waking up my Mac, the teams window is missing. This happens to outlook too. CMD + TAB to focus the app doesn't retrieve it. I usually have to "launch" teams or outlook again (while it's still technically open) to get the window to reappear. No other App on my Mac does this, just Teams and Outlook.

Given how we use Teams, I like to "pin" chats for specific projects. I'm limited to how many I can pin. Why?

This one is minor: Gifs loaded with giphy can be paused. Copy/pasted gifs cannot. They auto play forever, which is annoying when it's the team chat I keep focused 90% of the day, but the conversation is slow that day.

I'm sure there are other things I'm missing.

  • satvikchoudhary 5 days ago

    I have used Teams for 2 years now.

    The search actually used to be better earlier, it would show you the message and also the messages around it, now it doesn't.

    I have a very decent build at home, new gen amd, 64gigs RAM, the linux desktop app still crashes, it slows down during search whereas slack runs like a monster compared to it.

    Whenever a message comes, the tab will do its best to get you out of focus, sucks as a programmer in the zone. I had to mute lot of chats.

    Actually no one at work used the teams features, it was only the normal chat. It sucked because there wasn't even the reply feature earlier and we still can't create threads.

    It doesn't integrate with any bots, jira or git.

    The people who make the decision on what comm platform to use don't need these features. They use email for written coms, and teams for calls.

    They feel opting for something other than teams or jira will look bad on them if it doesn't work.

pessimizer 5 days ago

Because they can't figure out how to do something in this space that catches fire and everyone loves. So instead, they bundle Teams in with their other stuff in order to cut the legs out from the competition i.e. lower the prices other companies can charge (because there's a mediocre free alternative), and hopefully slow down their growth until Microsoft can come up with (or acquire) something cool.

taylodl 4 days ago

Interesting. I'm not experiencing any of these problems running Teams on a Mac. What I have noticed is Teams doesn't seem to manage it's memory very well and after a few days of use it'll really bog your system down. Simply restarting Teams solves the problem for me. I find I need to restart Teams every week or two.

pmarreck 5 days ago

Because Microsoft the company is and always has been a POS that was only ever good for writing proprietary locked-in software for big corporations

skc 5 days ago

I work for a very large insurance company.

Pretty much the whole company is on Teams.

If Teams was as bad as this thread suggests we would have heard about it (I know this because company-wide we complain bitterly about the anti-malware cruft that gums up our machines daily)

So it seems to me that we either got very lucky with our rollout or this thread represents a very vocal minority of people that are experiencing issues

  • fuzzy2 5 days ago

    Teams truly is that bad. But perhaps it takes power users to see that. A regular user might just give up instead of ranting about it on the net. It’s not that it doesn’t work. It’s that it’s not reliable and performance is bad.

    • skc 5 days ago

      What does a Teams power user look like?

      • fuzzy2 5 days ago

        I’m not referring to Teams power users, but PC power users in general. You know, people that actually care about snappy performance, consistent behavior and whatnot. Working with the PC instead of against it. Knowing why.

        My experience is that even many of my developer colleagues are not power users. They happily rebuild thrice in Visual Studio without even questioning the need for that. They perform strange rituals to make things happen. They resigned to the fact that everything is dog slow.

        I cannot settle for that, so I rant.

        • skc 5 days ago

          Ok that's fair. My biggest annoyances with Teams are slow startup and a bizarre implementation of copy and paste.

          But in general it pretty much stays out of the way, and has enabled us to fairly seamlessly transition the org to WFH.

  • jhickok 5 days ago

    I think the worst part, by far, is the search. Trying to hunt down a message is a complete mess.

poisonta 5 days ago

I think you have not used Webex, Bluejeans and others.

paxys 5 days ago

Because it doesn't need to be better. What are companies going to do, stop paying for Office 365? Who will give them Word and Excel then?

baud147258 5 days ago

Maybe many people in the thread are using Teams on Mac/Linux, because for me I haven't had a crash in like, ever. I don't have any issue with the UI, but then I don't know any better and I've used Teams enough these last 3 years that I know its idiosyncrasies.

Search is still beyond retarded, though.

phendrenad2 5 days ago

Layers of abstraction. Too many cooks. Too much modularity. No testing. No user feedback. No telemetry. Low price point.

hiidrew 5 days ago

Teams is alright imo. But working on collaborative documents in other apps is brutal, especially compared to GDrive and Figma's experience. I guess there are little incentives for them to improve when they already have 100s of fortune 500 companies under contract.

balefrost 5 days ago

> God forbid you try to change the audio device from speakers to headphones in the middle of a call.

I've been using it for a couple of years, and I have never had this issue. I can switch between my built-in soundcard and my USB headset without any problems. On Windows FWIW.

nullcontext 5 days ago

Clearly because they've done a poor job of integrating and then forcing adoption of the stickers and gif inputs. They should've threatened to call forth a Skypening if the users failed to enthusiastically and relentlessly toss questionable stickers and gifs onto every other line in a work IM. From every colleague. From LoB to shining LoB. Cross-silos and spanning every Org... until the market is fully forcefully penetrated.

One day we'll all make the switch to sticker based conversating, but until they push it feverishly and madly like the world is ending that evolution will be just out of our grasp. They simply halfassedly work to make it actively bad and don't really have the drive to make it truly sinister like they should. Somehow it would drive gains in the share price quarter over quarter like any sufficiently evil dark pattern spec software always does automagically.

Frustratingly Microsoft is just not laser-focused enough on driving the adoption of a campaign to hit those KPI's it seems.

/s

(I weep for the death of Lync daily)

dssagar93 5 days ago

Status changes to "Away" when you've gone for few minutes is the most shitty feature. Another set of issues I have found are, - Crashes randomly - Updates are not synced, sometimes it takes couple of mins to see the messages that were sent from the mobile phone.

outside1234 5 days ago

Instead of asking this question you should be asking "how do I parley this into a new MacBook Pro M2?" :)

tonymet 5 days ago

I've had many critical bugs, including the video on/off & audio mute button failing during calls, the "join call" UI being broken / missing, join links being broken despite working for other callers.

I don't honestly think they are taking responsibility for quality issues or feedback.

ParetoOptimal 5 days ago

Start asking if they use teams in job interviews and use dealing with it as a justification for higher salary.

freedom2099 5 days ago

Is it though? I use on in Mac and it never crashes… I routinely change mic and headset midcall with no issues whatsoever! Or seamlessly transfer calls from Mac to iPhone and back. My entire company uses it (and we are thousand employees) and we are pretty satisfied!

voganmother42 5 days ago

It is fine if it crashes, almost better even, otherwise I have to deal with trying to format my messages

TYPE_FASTER 5 days ago

Pop is good: https://pop.com

The IntelliJ Code With Me feature is worth trying: https://www.jetbrains.com/code-with-me/

  • nikau 5 days ago

    I love the realistic perfectly lit nice bokeh stock art portrait photos in their sales page 9 quadrant chat demo.

    Can imagine the disappointment in real world use with grainy, poorly lit, blurry webcam images of normal people.

locusofself 5 days ago

It works OK for me. Not my favorite app, but it gets the job done for the most part.

The search is frustrating (find a result but can't jump back to the full context?) and the UI is laggy on my laptop. The call/video features work as good as anything else I've used in the past.

dustedcodes 5 days ago

That’s why they integrate it directly into Windows 11 and force everyone to have/use Trams whether they like it or not. They are already rubbing their hands when they can report their DAU to make it look like people actually like Teams.

solardev 5 days ago

Microsoft's entire business model is holding corporate IT hostage. All their apps suck, except maybe VS Code. There's no reason to choose the Microsoft stack over Google Workplace or Zoho except, well, inertia. And there's a lot of that...

  • kimi 5 days ago

    BUT... it's so easy for corporate IT dept to buy into. Each different vendor is a different nightmare - but with MS you have only one. And they have it all. And it's maybe not best in class, but good enough. You can see why they are so successful.

    • solardev 5 days ago

      The thing I don't get about Microsoft is that with just a LITTLE more effort -- slightly better UX, slightly better implementation, slightly better design, slightly better iterations, whatever -- they could easily be best-in-class. Like all their desktop and consumer web products get 70% there, I don't know why they never just go the remaining 30%. It's like they aim for mediocrity, get there, and then just sustain it for ten years because... why? Nobody's looking that hard?

      Maybe it's cuz they're one of those companies that sell to management instead of users. Maybe the pitch isn't "your users will love us" but "we simplify IT fleet management for you, and your users... well, they don't have a choice, so don't worry about them."

      Could they really not have bothered just going that extra mile to do both...? None of their products HAVE to be terrible... they just need love and focus :(

  • mixxit 5 days ago

    i absolutely hate vscode but visual studio is incredible and one of the main reasons i use windows

    • solardev 5 days ago

      Oh yeah! Agree there about the full-blown IDE. I don't do desktop dev anymore but even back in the day VS was amazing.

      As an aside, though, why do you hate VSCode? I use IntelliJ myself but most of my colleagues use VSCode and love it... yours is the first bad review I've heard in a while. What's terrible about it?

al_be_back 5 days ago

considering how massive & varied the MS ecosystem is, kinda surprised it works as well as it does tbh. for most biz/big orgs (MS bread-n-butter), good-enough pays the bills; non-functional requirements (speed, cool-factor etc) aren't much of a priority.

It's easier for IT deps at mid-to-big corps already invested in MS, wins on price, and connects well with MS infra (office, security/auditing etc).

With MS moving to Edge browser, their strategy looks interesting, and I think they will be solving much of their tech headaches (Teams, office etc) by shifting to mainly Web Technologies (even web3).

thefz 5 days ago

I never had it miss a beat, let alone crash, and I use it everyday for work.

It can be slow when joining very large meetings, though, but I use it mainly on a mobile CPU.

No issue with devices either and I can switch on the fly even when they are in use.

oleglustenko 5 days ago

What will be the better alternative, that much functional with that much integrations?

In reality if you have to choose something for corporate section. In comparison to slack for example, MS Teams looks pretty solid

_jezell_ 5 days ago

Because it is a GUI mashup built on top of a dozen dated, crappy, products that don't work well alone or together, and strung together with fishing wire and duck tape. The fact that it even runs at all is an accomplishment.

  • akira2501 5 days ago

    "Is that a Teams Channel or a Exchange Distribution list?"

    "Yes!"

trasz 5 days ago

Because people who make decisions to use it are not the people using it. It’s a systemic problem with all enterprise software - it’s crap, because nobody who's opinion matter cares or knows it’s crap.

mikece 5 days ago

It certainly doesn't help that it's an Electron app and a fat one at that.

Foivos 5 days ago

The only way it works for me under Mac OS, is through a private window at Microsoft Edge. If I try to connect any other way, I either fail to connect or connect to the wrong workspace.

pipeline_peak 5 days ago

> God forbid you try to change the audio device from speakers to headphones in the middle of a call. And then if you try to just call back on your phone, and they want to share their screen, and you go back to your PC and try to join the call from your PC so you can see the screenshare (it's not going to work).

What voice/video client handles this much fiddling? When my friend and I get steam voice chat running, it’s a good day. We don’t touch anything after because these services notoriously suck.

Teams cloud based file sharing and overall UI/UX are nice. I don’t like how you can’t copy messages without a time stamp, or that black bar appearing on top when you screen share that obstructs any tabs or the rdp bar. But overall it’s a nice client in Windows as long as you don’t hop around too much which I don’t because I do my work on one machine idk what OP is doing lol.

Maybe Zoom and Slack are better, as a Windows developer, the integration is nice.

  • nikau 5 days ago

    I ended up making a script to set custom audio devices back to what I want.

    Its peak elegance, have to kill teams, modify a json file with some cryptic uuid reference to the speaker and mic device, then restart teams.

AndyPa32 5 days ago

It's comically bad. You can't indent text! As if text chat wasn't invented and being used for 40 years now. The text size limit drives me crazy. But hey, emojis!

krauses 5 days ago

I’ve used Teams every day all day for the past 4+ years and I have had minor issues with it ~5 times. Hundreds of my fellow co-workers use it and I’ve not heard anyone run into the consistent issues you’ve described.

We use it for 100% of our conference calls, sales calls, 1:1 working sessions, all-hands (hundreds of attendees), virtual trainings, new-hire onboarding, etc…

I’d say it’s the most useful software we use in my company outside of email.

Admittedly, I’m yet to experience the pure bliss that comes from collaborating on an NFT project with fellow Slack team members from my Mac Book Pro while riding in my auto-pilot enabled Tesla.

Until then, I’m pretty content with what I’ve been able to do with Microsoft Teams over the years.

  • imron 5 days ago

    Ever tried searching for a conversation you had with someone, and you search for something you remember saying, and click ‘go to message’ and rather than take you to the conversation with all the important context you were actually looking for, it just shows that single message on the center of the screen all by itself with no way to see the rest of the conversation?

    That’s the best.

    • Tofumeat 5 days ago

      There actually is a (stupid) workaround: You first pop out the chat into a separate window. Then search for the message in the main window. Now click "go to message", you will jump to the message in the separate chat window, giving you the context.

      • imron 5 days ago

        Thank you. I can’t wait to try this out. In the meantime, I’m at a loss for words…

    • umutcnkus 5 days ago

      This. Every time this happens I'm having a sudden desire to throw my computer out of the window.

    • krauses 5 days ago

      Can’t say I’ve ran into that.

      Try using “/find” function in the global search.

      • imron 5 days ago

        Used it. Doesn’t help.

        And while we’re in the subject, global find is also awful.

        Why do I have to find then click through to more messages before it gives me filtering options. It’s incredibly unintuitive.

  • vunuxodo 5 days ago

    I'm forced to use it on a Mac. Every. Single. Time. I try to navigate to the window through command-tab, it fails to actually put the window in focus. So I end up having to hunt through my XCode windows, IntelliJ windows, whatever other nonsense I have open - to find a message ping that I probably would rather not have received anyway.

    • jhickok 5 days ago

      When I share an application on my mac, Teams overlays directly on top of that application window every time and I have to move it out of the way. It is so annoying.

  • jeffrallen 5 days ago

    If you use it for 100% of your sales calls, your probably not making all the sales you could be. It is very difficult to use Teams as an external to the org user. Some of your clients are being alienated by Teams.

  • nikau 5 days ago

    Maybe its regional, but for the last 4 weeks me and every coworker has a 50% call connect failure rate. Join a meeting or call, it sits there for about 15 seconds then throws an error. Second connect works OK.

  • maxbond 5 days ago

    This is the most minor of nitpicks but I think most NFT projects are organized over Discord.

    • krauses 5 days ago

      Not nitpicking. I’m just a n00b. I haven’t even lost my v-card in the Metaverse yet!

ForHackernews 5 days ago

It only has to compete with Slack, and Slack is also garbage.

probolsky 5 days ago

I’ve known people who work at Microsoft. Their attitude is we are the biggest so we don’t need to be good. This may seem too simple, but it’s their corporate culture.

jyriand 5 days ago

The wors part is that it sets you automatically "Away" when using Teams mobile app. You are only "Available" when the app is opened.

shapefrog 5 days ago

Why is <INSERT SOFTWARE NAME> still so bad?

It's buggy, and it crashes more often than any other app I use. God forbid you try to <INSERT BASIC FUNCTIONALITY FAIL>

Seriously, with all the money and resources thrown at this company and this app, you'd think it'd be a little more stable, faster, and reliable. I am literally forced to use this app at work...

Response:

Mine doesnt crash and havent seen any bugs and I use it for 28 hours a day - unlike <INSERT COMPETITOR NAME> which is buggy, and it crashes more often than any other app I use. God forbid you try to <INSERT BASIC FUNCTIONALITY FAIL>.

miked85 5 days ago

Teams is probably the worst IT mandated software I've used in my career (which is saying a lot). I don't think Microsoft really cares about it.

p1necone 5 days ago

I don't think I've ever had Teams crash on me, or even hang noticeably in a few years of using it. I am always on fairly beefy devices though.

mathattack 5 days ago

Amazingly I experienced a large MS shop choose Zoom over teams purely because they caught the MS salesperson lying about the Teams price.

EastSmith 5 days ago

Aren't all companies test for employee happiness (quarterly thing for us)?

If we had teams thrown at us, we would for sure complain a lot.

wwfzyn 5 days ago

The desktop version is buggy. The browser version works better. Don't even bother installing it. Just use the browser version.

brodouevencode 5 days ago

No one was ever fired for buying <strike>IBM</strike> <strike>Sun</strike> Microsoft

Ligma123 5 days ago

>God forbid you try to change the audio device from speakers to headphones in the middle of a call

I can not do this either in Cisco Webex.

stalfosknight 4 days ago

Because it's just a webpage bundled with an obese web browser masquerading as a standalone desktop app.

joaogfarias 5 days ago

Since only a few people are allowed to fix problems, problems tend to continue to exist. The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

iancmceachern 5 days ago

Because it's a hodge podge of stuff, not a single thing made at a single time by a single team with a single vision.

csours 5 days ago

Is it bad? It's the best meeting tool my company has ever used.

The things you're asking it to do seem normal, but each of those things is a different device with a different context. It's not surprising to me that it's hard to switch contexts.

I regularly start meetings on my home WiFi and then get in a vehicle and switch to cellular data. I've only have had short interruptions, which is MUCH better than most tools I've used.

mixxit 5 days ago

Electron, heavy disk IO, many failed http requests to skype domains, no suitable historical search tool

obert 5 days ago

As long as companies keep paying for it, the signal given is “keep going like this”. CIOs’ fault.

  • jillesvangurp 5 days ago

    CIOs don't care about user happiness but about cost, compliance, security, and general ass-coverage. MS is really good at ticking those boxes for companies. MS Live is included with a lot of other stuff they also need. So, they sign for a site license and then they get to use outlook, office 365, and all the rest of the stuff that companies need (or think they need). It's a package deal, alternative solutions would be redundant relative to that package.

    Kudos to Zoom for convincing lots of companies that they need it in addition to that stuff when arguably they really don't. MS has narrowed the feature gap enough that you could do without it. But still, it's fashionable enough that lots of companies pay to use that in addition to MS Live. For most responsible CIOs that's an obvious way to cut cost waiting to happen of course.

    I am CTO/CIO/CPO at a small startup. We have so far kept MS, Adobe, and Atlassian out of our door. We use Google Docs, Meets, Github, Figma, Asana, and a few other things instead. So our SAAS bills are lowish and we get a lot of value. Perfectly happy with that setup. And Meets is pretty nice to use as it just runs in a browser without insisting on installing an app that contains a browser that runs a webapp.

    • obert 4 days ago

      > CIOs don't care about user happiness but about cost, compliance, security, and general ass-coverage.

      exactly what I meant. And users should complain about their CIOs rationale, when they choose a product ignoring usability, openness, etc

RachelF 5 days ago

One reason may be that Teams is an Electron app.

There's a huge stack of APIs between you and your headphones.

ramoz 5 days ago

I like Teams. Works fine on my Mac.

whoami_nr 5 days ago

This entire comment thread is a goldmine for any PM working on the Teams product!

ParetoOptimal 5 days ago

Just give me xmpp so I don't have to deal with your shitty chat client Microsoft.

gijoeyguerra 5 days ago

Because it's built according to how Microsoft is organized and how they work.

jeffrallen 5 days ago

Leonard's law: Software will be as bad as it's users can tolerate.

jupp0r 5 days ago

Time to look for a new employer who values your time and productivity.

alliao 5 days ago

by now I just pray it doesn't crash. but it just started crashing for me, in some channel where a lot of integration posting emails from alerts. works ok on desktop, crashes in ios constantly

tetek 5 days ago

it's a strategic move against Slack etc.

Quick dirty copy of Slack, bundle it ("for free") with the Office which people already pay for. Adjust the bundle price few months later...

lallysingh 5 days ago

It's hot garbage. The question is, why are you using garbage?

jhoelzel 5 days ago

My personal take is, that teams is bloated, so you end up buying a higher spec pc. My guesstimate falls on the surface line (as i have a surfacebook myself) and suddenly, with 16gb of ram everything is not -so bad- again :D

squishysquid 5 days ago

I just don't get why they won't give me push to talk.

glintik 5 days ago

Because it’s Microsoft, look at Skype, full of pain..

dragonelite 5 days ago

Im more wondering why core functionality keeps degrading.

BLKNSLVR 5 days ago

This is all I should need to say: "full screen".

twstdzppr 5 days ago

I don't really encounter any issues with it on MacOS.

HyperSane 5 days ago

Teams works fine for me, it has never crashed on me.

acedTrex 5 days ago

I dont mind teams for calls, i despise it for text chat

jaimex2 5 days ago

You didnt need the word Teams in the title.

giantg2 5 days ago

Works fine for me.

sogen 5 days ago

Or fund one hundred Donnie Darko movies.

mikmeh 3 days ago

I miss slack at work

therufa 5 days ago

it doesn't have to be good. it just has to be better than hipchat and webex

emurillo510 5 days ago

msft is going away from electron and will now use react native

AndrewVos 5 days ago

Most things made by Microsoft are horrific. Just look at Azure.

It's because they have a bad culture and developers who could never care about their capitalist hell products.

Once your company is stuck into a contract with them it's almost impossible to change, so why do they care about fixing anything.

  • thefz 5 days ago

    What's bad about Azure?

    • AndrewVos 5 days ago

      So many things. One that is irritating me a lot right now is how complex it is to deploy to an "App Service" and how nothing seems to work.

      Also it's incredibly slow.

      https://github.com/Azure/webapps-deploy/issues/60

      And the fact that we're locked into using it means I have to take my 50 second netlify deploy and migrate it to a 15 minute ADO deploy, losing out on loads of features and gaining none.

      • jiggawatts 5 days ago

        Just put your web app in a container and call it a day?

        App Service can run containerised workloads just fine.

        • AndrewVos 4 days ago

          I would love to get this done quick. Do you have a link to something usable?

          • jiggawatts 4 days ago

            This depends almost entirely on what exactly you are hosting. Is it a Node.js app? ASP.NET? Windows? Linux?

            In Visual Studio it is more-or-less as simple as right-clicking a project and selecting "Add -> Docker support": https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/architecture/contai...

            In Azure DevOps pipelines or GitHub Actions, it's also quite simple to add a container build step: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/eco...

            In the actual Azure subscription you just need to create an Azure Container Registry resource to host the image. I believe you can also use Docker Hub, if you prefer.

            Then in App Service just host the container image instead of the raw code: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/tutorial...

            That should be about it. The effect of this is to "zip up" your loose 'js' files (or whatever), making deployments much faster. The build happens before this step, so the container image is "final" and will run directly without needing any npm steps or whatever at deployment time.

            If you need something like hot-reload or similar very fast deployment times, then App Service is probably not the right environment for you. However, with containers its often possible to have a fast local deployment edit-build-test loop and then have the same environment running in production. This is the main benefit of containers!

Mandatum 5 days ago

Because they have no boring Enterprise competitor. Why invest in something you don’t have to compete on because you know the competitor will always be better, but your price is what eats their marketshare.

They compete on price with companies that don’t give a shit about employees. Which is most.

nothrowaways 5 days ago

Related question, why are Google products so good, relative to Microsoft?

  • tdeck 5 days ago

    Try chat.google.com sometime.

tyiz 5 days ago

Hey, its Microsoft. Expect quality?

faangiq 5 days ago

Corporate America is the problem.

coolandsmartrr 5 days ago

I was applying for a job at a wealthy gaming corp. However, they wouldn't invest in a smoother video-calling software like Zoom, as they just used Teams bundled in their existing Office license.

I got late to a meeting because Teams would crash. When I opened Teams a few minutes before the call, my laptop froze. I thought my laptop performance would improve once enough memory has been allocated to Teams, but it never recovered from the freeze. I had to reboot and start Teams. It finally connected a few minutes after the proposed start time. The HR staff were in a bitter tone by then.

I couldn't get the job. I wish Microsoft would compensate me for a loss caused by their product. They shouldn't be allowed to ship sloppy software under their massive userbase and Microsoft brand (a supposed promise of quality).

userbinator 5 days ago

It seems to be mainly the work of barely-passing programmers on a platform (the web-app-everything) that strongly popularises form over function, quantity over quality, and from a company that increasingly prioritises (controversial opinion) DEI over competence.

That said, MS has not always been like this; those who remember MSN Messenger, and perhaps even Skype for Business, may realise that despite all the various problems they had, they still seem much better than what Teams is today. Hence it's definitely a degradation.

If I had the time and strong need, I'd try to write a native client for it, but apaprently it's very close to Skype (the MS version, not the original one) for which several 3rd-party clients exist, so the effort there might not be so much. They've even documented at least some of the APIs, e.g.: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/graph/api/chatmessage-post

  • ineedasername 5 days ago

    I remember messenger being mediocre at best and Skype not much better by the time MS got a hold of it. Teams doesn’t strike me as being significantly better or worse.

    After a few decades the pattern doesn’t seem any different than before: some products get worse, sometimes they do something interesting, some products that got worse are then improved, over and over.

    Any appearance of a recent declining trend, much less due to sociocultural issues like DEI, are simply due to looking at too-short a time period or only subsets of their ecosystem.

anm89 5 days ago

Simply put, Microsoft has existed for 30 years with nothing but disdain for their customers and it has never once hurt them. So why stop now? Microsoft exists because of weak minded people who choose it because it's the front runner and are scared that choosing anything else may make them responsible for a choice they have made(same vein as no one ever got fired for choosing IBM, until that wasn't true anymore).

In this sense I think there is almost a stockholm syndrome element where the worse it is, the more people trapped in it feel that that's what makes it good and enterprisey. If it wasn't the only choice why would any put up with it otherwise?

I'm sure in 2043 they'll finally muster up the engineering resources to get copy/paste working in Teams though, for the last 10 customers on Trillion dollar a year enterprise maintenance contracts.

  • urbandw311er 5 days ago

    If you had some concrete examples I might read with more interest but TBH this just comes across as a rather emotional whinge.