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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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  • Brandon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would make the Teams app much more convenient and easier to convince my department to adopt the product

  • Rutvik Pandya commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Right now I have to start a video meeting in order to share my screen. I should be able to do that without.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i am agree with this idea: it's very helpful screen sharing during conversations.

  • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Right now in order to screenshare, you have to first start a voice call. I would like the option to screenshare without needing to first initiate the voice call.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Need to be able to share my screen without having to start a video call. Like Skype can do.

  • Joe Maslanka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have to keep using Skype until we have this ability. That is the only reason for us at least to keep skype for biz around. Need a easy 1 click ability to share a desktop. no calling, no video...

    With remote development teams we share desktops all day long and it is way to cumbersome to start a share in teams.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That is the only reason I can't fully remove Skype for Biz... it is way too cumbersome to do a desktop share with remote employees.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like a way to share my screen with one person in a chat. Skype has this ability.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Video set to OFF should be the default - not "ON", or I should be able to set it as my own default. People should be able to choose whether or not to turn on their camera when they join a meeting. Currently, it seems I have to join with video on and quickly turn it off, if I choose to (since I work from home, and I might be in my PJs).

  • TC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed - some of our group is using Teams inside a Windows VM, and the webcam doesn't pass through to the VM. We do use screen sharing a lot.

  • Jaro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    have the ability to share the desktop and use chat for communication when audio

  • c b commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    ya.. just like Skype for Business... no Video or Audio call needed to instantly share.

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