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.
Please feel free to respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still seeing issues.
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John Black commented
Following. This is the ONLY THING that is keeping our organization from adopting Teams over Skype. The. Only. Thing.
Yes! Please add this feature. :)
This is required asap please. We need screen sharing without video calling, separate functions.
Take the code from Skype maybe.
Currently you cannot share you screen/desktop unless you are in a call. It would be very useful to be allowed to share screen directly from a conversation, similarly to Skype for Business.
Jenn Carr commented
How long from planning does it normally take before it hits a beta? Under normal circumstances?
I am a full-time remote worker who works from home. I spend approximately 75% of my day either in calls or in on-line meetings. Sharing screens with audio is critical but I personally prefer never to use video. Perhaps one day when the quality of the video camera on a standard corporate issues laptop improves significantly and I get professionally lighting installed in my home office. Also, having to use videos -- especially for early morning/late night calls with teams in EU and India -- would mean that I would have to be in business clothes day and night. :)
Marius Johansen commented
This would help teachers to show video live to students without having to make everyone participate in a video call..
Jeff West commented
This is important for sharing code between developers, who may be at home, unshaven, unkempt who don't want to be on video. Not everyone wants to be on video.
Voice+Screen (Screenhero) is very valuable and useful.
Take a look at what Screenhero does. IMO they are one of the best screen sharing apps I've ever used. Unfortunately they are not standalone anymore since Slack acquired them.
@Suphatra Some reasons that we would prefer to NOT have to establish a specific video call (or audio):
1. At a customer site and on a customer conference call with one team member presenting. Another team member needs to be able to see the screen without establishing a separate call.
2. At a customer site and on a customer conference call. One team member is projecting and needs to share the screen of a team member that is not at the customer site. Again, an additional call should not be required to be established.
3. Adding video to the screen share uses additional and at times un-necessary bandwidth.
4. We may find that we are already in a call of some sort (office phone, cell phone). Do we really have to hang up, and establish a call through Teams to share our screen? Those are added steps we want to avoid.
5. On an existing call with a customer and want to use teams/chat feature to communicate with co-workers to work on an issue. We do NOT want to have to create a call with those other team members just to get them to see our screen.
With Skype for Business we can share our screens without starting a video call. We would use this all the time. My Customer Support team deals with customers on the phone all day and really don't need to launch video meetings just to share their screen to show a teammate some repro steps for a bug for example. Video calling and screen sharing should really be 2 separate features. Thanks :)
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.
Joyce Sim commented
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.