Enable screen sharing without audio/video call
Enable an option to start a screen sharing session without starting a an audio.video call. This is a common use case in our organization.
UPDATE: I have confirmed with the feature team that this is, in fact, functioning as you expect – you can share your entire desktop or a specific window directly from a private chat session, without starting audio or video. The mute microphone button is enabled so you are able to easily add audio by “unmuting”, but we realize this is causing confusion. We are working on further experience improvements.
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Jason Mayde commented
1. Not everyone wants to be on video. They just want to be on the audio. We have many users that work from home and I'm sure all of us are not always ready to show video while working from home on the couch.
2. Bandwidth. If a connection is not great at a remote location or remote office, not having video will reduce the amount of bandwidth needed and keep the call experience great instead of being degraded.
most times, we just need to refer to the same document while talking. so audio/regular call + screen sharing is good. don't need video call.
Kymberli Johnson commented
Sometimes video connections are the best quality (really slow). Allowing a quick share of what you want to display is better than a conversation.
Ricardo Elena commented
Internet in some offices is really slow, so we do voice over normal channel and share screen with other software, you can start a video chat and mute the mike to keep using the land line but there is always someone who forgets
Nitin Shinde commented
We often find ourselves in a room without a projector.. In such a case, doing a screen share is ideal..
Seth Tanner commented
Lots of our meetings are presentations with audio rather than video calls. I realize this overlaps with the skype for business functionality, but it would be great to not to make everyone sign into a different application just to attend a quick presentation. It seems like every presentation we do the first 5 minutes is spent telling people to turn off their camera's and mute their microphones.
Kevin Ruschman commented
Some organizations still use desktops without video calling capabilities but still need the screen share function.
I don't do many video calls, however if I do a call over Teams or Skype for Business I use my cell phone as I prefer the call quality to that of VOIP. When I'm on a Teams voice call on my cell phone, the desktop app does not recognize this and I am not able to perform desktop sharing.
David McKnight commented
If a video call does not add value, why start with a video call in order to get to a screen share? This in many ways comes back to an integration of Skype for Business functions into Teams. When I want to do an ad hoc, or even more frequently a planned web conference with screen share, I RARELY use video, even though I can. I go straight to the screen share.
We shouldn't assume something adds value, just because we can use it.
We use the audio call constantly, but don't use the video EVER. This option would be EXTREMELY helpful.
John Gibbons commented
The primary need for this is that not everyone has a good microphone/headset set up so that makes audio (left alone video) impractical for my company. With Skype for Business I have to mute my mic and then mute the audience to make it work. Then we all use our internal conference bridge for audio. I suspect something similar would work for this, but not requiring audio or video would make things so much simpler and smoother.
Kevin S. commented
I would like to have screen sharing so without video or chat because sometimes I'm using my phone for the call but want to use my desktop to share. We also sometimes use chat as a means to communicate instead of a call because we are in an open area within our office and if everyone was talking, we'd soon be either yelling over each other or private conversations may be overheard.
Sometimes you are in an environment not suited for a video feed. This also can cut down on bandwidth used, which is useful in areas with poor internet connections
because we are all in the same room and do not want to all seat next to one monitor, we would like to use this only for screen sharing.
Chris Hennings commented
The call button is not intuitive for screen sharing. They don't mean the same thing and have different connotations. Also alot of us don't use teams exclusively to communicate (might be on an actual phone call when I want to screenshare)
Joshua Bowers commented
@Suphatra Sometimes I am already on the phone with a colleague or in a group call during a meeting and would like to share my screen without opening up a second phone call. I used to do this often while using Skype for Business (Lync).
screen sharing + chat is not possible now. A mouse-pointer would be handy to.
If someone has no microfoon you cannot call.
I would like to use the sreensharing function and call via my phone
Nik Green commented
@supharta I can think of several reasons for not doing a video. First is preference - I, and in the main people I converse with have no desire to enable video just to do a screenshare. Just a personal preference, but no an uncommon one.
Second, is practical. We are a small company who deal across UK, Europe and North America. On several occasions I've had conference calls with the UK office whilst I've been in the US - the time difference might mean I am still in bed at 05:30am so video is neither desirable or appropiate.
It should surely be up to the parties involved in the conversation if they wish to use video, not have it as a default.
terry schoof commented
Forcing end user to do something to accomplish something else is a bit disconcerting. Internet speeds are getting faster, but forcing someone to take up bandwidth with video while trying to present a screen basically doubles the bandwidth needed to do one task.
The question to you is, Why do you want to force video calls on users just to share a screen? At what point did someone decide that doing both simultaneously was so important that you wouldn't give users their own choice?
Jenn Carr commented
I have a complete virtual team and many work at home. Home speeds are not the best in some cases and most of the time we are working on collaboration of documents. We need to be able to share screens just like we do in skype. Sometimes we dont even need a call- just a quick screen share for some training and a chat like in skype.