Teams is horrendous for me because it's a step down in the functionalities i wanted most. they folded Skype into it and completely destroyed skype's core quality. there's no push to talk button in teams anymore! do you have any idea what happens when people from multiple continents, with multiple laptops, are in an editorial conference call, with a mic'd up conference room as the host? with no push to talk key? holy shit every single conference call i have been in since going onto teams has had horrendous audio quality, feedback loops, mic noise, etc. i'm also pretty sure that if you 'mute a participant' because they're the ones with a hot mic, it doesn't just mute it for your own speakers' sake ... it globally
mutes them so they can't speak when they want to, unless they manually un-mute themselves. W T F how do they get an established technology so wrong? Xfire had push-to-talk as a fucking throwaway afterthought!
i was so incensed about this design decision that i complained about it on the teams dev page. it's a 'low priority' change, apparently. i cannot even reason with something that stupid. almost everyone at my company, whether in the office or working remotely, uses a laptop now ... you know, those devices with speakers and mics normally next to one another. great idea to have a voice call app without push-to-talk to control echo/feedback.
i also mostly connect via VM and running teams in that is just way more resource-intensive and sluggish than it needs to be. the result is that i (dare to) run teams on my main windows desktop, outside of my VM environment, and ... well, you can't just close the app, can you? it's literally fucking impossible to close teams like a normal app. it's 'embedded' in windows somehow. the only way i've figured out to circumvent it is to sign-out and then just keep teams open, forever, until i restart. DUMB.
i agree it's nice that it brings together a lot of document pinning, file-sharing, notice boards etc. it means we no longer have to use online portal/intranet tools as much, or those terribly fashionable kan-ban boards or JIRA tickets or whatever-the-fuck. but like all 'do everything' software, it is bloated to holy hell and misses the mark on a few VERY basic needs.
anyway, i bought a 35 inch ultrawide benq monitor. 100hz/1440p/freesync2 etc. will see how it goes.
Last edited by uziq (2019-12-02 15:39:17)