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Enable screen sharing without audio/video call

Enable an option to start a screen sharing session without starting a an call. This is a common use case in our organization.

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Jens Engelmann shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
completed  ·  AdminAlex (Teams Engineering, Microsoft Teams) responded  · 

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.

Please feel free to respond to if you are still seeing issues.



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  • Daniel Haliscak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi :)
    1. because it is possible to do that in Skype for Bussines -
    2. because i work in small team(8 people), in one room. if i want to show them something, they dont need to come to me a every time. i can just share screen and i can talk to them

  • Gordan Redzic commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Echoing others, sometimes you pick a phone make the call and then just want to have a quick screen share. Its a basic functionality that should be present.

  • Joe Maslanka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    like others are saying... with skype for biz we do direct presenting of desktop all the time... and hardly ever with video or audio. We already have a corporate phone system and many times a day I get a call on that followed by a desktop/application share from other developers.

    We don't want to do the extra and unneeded steps to do the video call. Forcing video calling makes people share less... the whole idea here is for the team to share more.

    We had to stop using teams for now until we can do this... well this feature and the fact that some of our devs literally can't read the font on their laptops.

  • Stephen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is a feature of Skype for business that we use all the time. Literally it is something we use every day. I would love to have my team move to Teams, but we don't want to have to use both tools and we can't move without this feature.

  • Jaro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Many people don't like video, so they don't want to accept the connection. They go so far to cover the camera, but if its not covered they will just make up an excuse. Also, it takes up more screen space which is already a huge issue with the desktop app and how space inefficient the chat window is, now you want to have a video window and a screen share window? Finally, if bandwidth sucks the experience is just worse. Unfortunately hotels and on the road internet or wifi speeds suck, rather have delayed screen refreshes than connection problems with video.

    Skype for Business gets this right, although the interface isn't great with the way the chat window is presented its one click, quick share, easy. Video is just not popular, please make it a easy choice with multiple buttons.

    I would have to check, but what if the computer doesn't have a camera, is the option even available?

  • sachin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What if my desktop don't have mic and webcam. They won't be able to call me

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have our own phone system. Sometimes were on conference calls using land lines. How is it not obvious that this is a necessary feature? :)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Because our team is spread across 3 continents and we have multiple calls every week with people spread all over the world and some in remote locations with limited bandwidth. Why add video overhead on a call with 15 people where most have highly limited bandwidth? I'm already in a voice call, just let me share a screen...

  • SteveT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If anyone has used Screenhero (now part of Slack), you would be clamoring for that same level of screen sharing goodness. I'd be all for that level of screen sharing / collaboration without the need for video

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Everyone has said it all already, so I'll just add my vote on top of their comments - it's forcing overhead that is not needed.

  • Kevin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you are already on the phone with someone (think conference call from a meeting room), it is annoying that you need to start a call with them in order to share your screen. It can also be confusing if you call them when you are already talking to them on the phone.

    Sometimes we remote into our machines from the conference rooms, so using a video or audio call would not work. We end up telling them just to answer and mute/ignore the audio.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sometimes we're using the voip system at our desk already. Having to do a voice or vid call creates chaos as the microphones start a feedback loop.

  • Alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We do screensharing all the time at our office. We pretty much never do video shares, in fact I have a piece of tape over my webcam. Jumping to do a quick screenshare or screenshare with a group is something we do all the time in skype for business. So this is considered a basic function we would expect in a tool we would be using to communicate in many cases instead. Not to mention, if I am watching someones screen it means I am not looking at their face.

  • aparmley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This worked flawlessly for our team for the first week, maybe 2 weeks. Now, no matter what we try it seems as though screen sharing does not work, 1:1, 1:many, nada.

  • Shaun commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think you meant to say "without audio". But yeah, this would be a fantastic feature. Seems odd to me that Teams doesn't have that feature while it exists in Skype for Business. My entire company would like to see this feature added!

  • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    ability to screenshare with people you are chatting with within the chat section and also in teams

  • Joanna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    completely agree. my team was anxious to adopt Teams but was immediately turned off when they realized they could not share screen without using the 'call' feature

  • Daniel Haliscak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think problem is here..
    Person A call to person B. Person B answer it and want to share screen, but it doesnt work. Person A must share screen just for few sec, stop sharing a now person B is able to share screen too. Weird.

    Basically person who answer the call cannot share screen first, but have to wait until caller share screen a then other people in cal can share too.

  • Robin Sanner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Screen sharing more often than not fails for me in a 1 on 1 call. The other person most of the time doesn't have a problem sharing but for some reason I can't be counted on to be able to share my screen. I am running three monitors off a laptop. The laptop has an integrated video and an adapter video card (Dell Precision M4800). My only guess is it having something to do with Teams getting confused on what video adapter it needs to share from. I don't get any errors but the other person can't see my desktop.

  • Shawn Keene commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Everyone in my office thinks they have to jump back to SkypeBusiness to do a screen-share session, but in actuality you can do it with Teams if you make a call first. This isn't intuitive at all.

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