Teamwork Chat has a fresh new look — but that’s not all

Posted by: Katriona O'Mahony /

Introducing the new Teamwork Chat UI, designed to keep your teams focused on those all important conversations to reach new levels of productivity.


We’re always thinking about ways to make communication even more effortless for teams. The new Teamwork Chat UI has been designed with that in mind; to give you a better overall experience by providing a cleaner, more modern interface that makes it even easier to communicate with your colleagues.

But it’s more than just a new look: we’ve also added some exciting new features and enhancements to bring your team collaboration to the next level. (TL;DR: You’ll still get the same features and functionality you know and love — but with a few improvements.)

A cleaner user experience

We had two goals when undertaking the redesign of Teamwork Chat: to better align with the other four products in the Teamwork suite, and to improve the overall usability for the customers. We also wanted to give Teamwork Chat a lighter look and feel overall.

The new UI has now been rolled out across all devices: web, desktop, Android, and iOS. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

Not just a new look

We’ve also added some new features and enhancements to make your work-day a bit easier – check them out below.

Do not disturb

For times when you need to remove all distractions and focus on the task at hand, you can now set yourself  to Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb mutes all push, email and desktop notifications so you’re not interrupted when you need to do some deep thinking. It also adds a DND badge to your avatar to let your team know when you’re unavailable and don’t want to be disturbed. It allows you to have more control over when you need to get work done and when you’re available for the team.

Check out our help doc to learn more.

Starred conversations and channels

Now you can star channels or direct messages to bookmark your favorite chats for quick and easy access.

Simply click the star icon next to the channel or person’s name to add it to you starred area. Instead of using the search bar, now you can quickly access your most used conversations or channels. Learn more about Starred Conversations and Channels in our help doc.

Customizable channel avatars

Customize your channel avatars to make them stand out from the crowd. When you’re creating a channel, all you need to do is use the channel avatar picker to select both the color and icon you want to represent your channel.

Learn more about customizable channel avatars in our help doc.

Pick up where you left off

You can now jump to the last message you read in a channel so you can quickly pick up where you left off. By clicking on the blue banner that says “Jump to the last seen message (X unread)”, you will be brought back to the last message you read in the channel.

Centralized notification settings

Filter out the noise with personalized notification settings for the channels you’re part of. You can now create custom notifications for specific channels from one place instead of setting your preferences in each individual channel. This way, you can keep track of your notifications from one central hub and make sure not to miss any important messages.

Customizable message preferences

Customize how cards, images, URLs and files appear in your conversation threads by updating your message preferences. If you don’t want to get distracted by images or URL previews, you can now hide these previews so there’s less scrolling and you can focus on the important stuff.

You can now toggle message previews on or off for Teamwork cards, images, files, and URLs, as well as the movie quotes that appear in your chat field.

Linux desktop app

You can now launch Teamwork Chat directly from your desktop with our new Linux desktop app, making it quicker and easier to get up and running on startup. Download the Teamwork Chat for Linux desktop app here.

 

If you need a hand with any of the new features listed above or have any feedback on the refreshed UI, please send us an email at chat@teamwork.com — we’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget we also have a full Help Docs site to support you 24/7.

 

Don’t forget, Teamwork Chat is 100% free to use. If you already have a Teamwork Projects, Desk, Spaces or CRM site you can enable Teamwork Chat from the integrations or apps settings of your site.

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Katriona O’Mahony
Product marketing manager

10 Comments

Katriona O'Mahony

Hi Sebastian

We are looking at the possibility of adding threads, but it’s not on our near term roadmap just now.

Katriona

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Gabe W.

Love the being able to favorite channels and the DND mode.

However, the new interface really makes it difficult to notice the unread message badges next to chats.

I’m also a bit confused as to why the channels tab contains “All Channels”, which shows me channels I am and am not part of. And shows me “Discover” which is only channels I’m not part of…

But no option for just channels I’m party of? Why would I need two ways to see what channels I’m not part of, but no way to default view all the channels I am part of?

Would love to see a default all channels I’m a part of as a tab and to make the unread notifications pop. Light blue on white does not pop when you are looking for unread messages.

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Katriona O'Mahony

Hi Gabe

Thanks for taking the time to give us this feedback, I’ve passed it onto the product team.

Katriona

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Ivan Dimitrov

Can you please get back the darker interface or provide an option to select color scheme? This is the only app with predominant white color I use.

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Katriona O'Mahony

Hi Ivan

We do indeed have plans to release a dark mode, but I don’t have an exact release date for you yet!

Thanks
Katriona

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Andres

Are you thinking about adding the option of “mark as unread” to messages you don´t want to forget?

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Donal Linehan

Hi Andres,

We haven’t any plans as yet to mark messages as unread but we are working on a feature right now which will allow you to star messages. Starred messages are personal and will be accessible both globally and per channel so you can easily get back to them later.

We have this and plenty more coming very soon so stay tuned for updates 😊

Donal

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