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Scott Bordelon
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Is there some way to have more than one Teams desktop client window open simultaneously? For example, one Teams window open to TeamA, and a second Teams window open to TeamB? I feel like I must be missing something obvious because every other MS tool supports that.

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Solution

The Teams desktop client does not allow for multiple instances to run.

 

Some unsupported options:

http://realtimeuc.com/2017/09/multiteams/

http://tomtalks.uk/2017/11/microsoft-teams-guest-access-chrome-web-apps/

Similar to the Chrome Web Apps suggestion that was mentioned, I've simply opened Teams in new browser windows as a workaround for the desktop app's inability to do new windows.

Hi,

 

This seems to be a common and major problem with the new UI style for Apps - which try to work well on touch and keyboard/mouse - and IMHO fail to do either well.  Indeed for those of us using WIMP interfaces on the first Microsoft products since the first Macs (yep I'm that old)  the new interfaces are massive step backwards in terms of productivity (and this is *after* the significant learning curve for the new Microsoft UI - which after 2 years of use everyday I still don't understand the underlying logic - I can never guess correctly which Ribbon an particular item will be on :( )

For high productivity the 2-10 seconds it takes to switch between the views in Teams (is  that what they are called) is a major productivity drag.  I want to be looking at an embedded OneNote in one window and be able to see and use chat in another at the same time.

I note this is essentially the same strong feedback Microsoft got when they tried to remove multiple windows for chats in Skype 8 - this is now being "corrected" before Skype 7 is depreciated.

(See this chat thread in the Skype Community Forums - page 3 reply by Microsoft Employee, program manager on the Skype team - sorry for some reason I can't get a Link to the specific post - for me Angela's post acknowledging Microsoft understand the productivity impact of no multiple windows (and all the subsequent discussion) starts at the top of page 3.

Hope the Teams team take this on board as a matter of urgency. :)

Antony,

For the time being, I solve this by running additional Teams sessions in a web browser window. I don't notice any degradation in performance between Teams in the browser window vs. the desktop app.

 

To help get this fixed, go to the voice of the user for Teams and filter on "multiple team", there are a number of requests regarding Multi Team enhancements you can vote on.

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public?query=multiple%20team

 

 

Have them opened in different browsers (1 in chrome, 1 in IE and 1 in firefox etc., )

@Scott Bordelon : that works up to two browser windows on two different chats. After that one of the browser windows gets grayed out with a message "Are you still there?" and it takes several seconds to reopen the chat if you click "Yes".
:(

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