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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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.
Joseph Fountain commented
our organization has many teleworkers, most of which work in home offices and some of which are rural without amazing internet speeds. Video puts people on the spot who will be working from home all day and generally are comfortable and don't want to do video in their home. Video takes a lot of bandwidth so it's also avoided for that reason. Lastly, chat is how most conversations start here and many times we want to share a screen or have someone control/take control like in skype.
Pavol Donko commented
Guys, you can just turn your camera and mic off directly from Teams call. You don't need to share video or sound.
Phillip Hilgaertner commented
I have to agree that having an independent "Share Screen" from a voice call, chat or meeting would be very advantageous. 1st it seems more intuitive. Why hang-up on a voice call just to do a video call so you can share your screen? 2nd. I and or others may not dressed or properly groomed for a video call.
Aaron Ellis commented
So often it begins with a phone call and I simply need to share my progress with them. Neither of us are particularly prepared for video calls right in the moment, and they always take people by surprise. I rarely video call for business.
Justin Mason commented
We also daily share screen without calling. one reason is because VoIP is not as clean and crisp as the trusty ol desk phone. I often give presentations to a room of people in a conference room, the desk phone on the table in the middle of the room can pick up everyone's comments much better than the mic on the pc. and is much more stable.
Thank you for your time,
@Suphatra I'd hope that the answers below are sufficient. There are myriad good reasons to do a screenshare without a call. It's actually a bit shortsighted to expect that all screenshares must accompany a Teams call.
Jace said it best.
Most of the time, I am also talking to people around me, or do not need to be in direct contact with the other user. Forcing me to kick off a phone call is not an ideal and overkill for what I am trying to achieve. While its nice to screen share during a call, a lot of employees do not even have head phones or a phone, so it serves no purpose to make a call, other than to share a screen.
Ben Driver commented
It seems people just want a "free" version of ScreenConnect...
Open a meeting with a few options as you open: