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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Michael Blankenship commented
@Suphatra - the use case would be you are in a conference room already attending the meeting with voice and video (Surface Hub, Video conferencing, etc) and you are wanting to share the screen of one or laptops already in the room/session. There is no need to join by video or voice from the laptop, you just want to share the presentation.
Jonathan Vander Veen commented
I don't have a webcam. Because of that, I didn't click the video call button and didn't initially realize that screen sharing was possible.
Add remote screen sharing, so I can turn off Skype for Business. Thanks.
Cliff Chapman commented
I'll add my voice in here as well, we definitely could make use of regular screen sharing sessions at my company. A number of people are remote and it's significantly easier to simply view their screen rather than explain things or ask a bunch of questions.
We currently use Lync/Skype for Business for a lot of this but find it to be flaky across VPN connections and other issues. It would be very nice to just view their screen for a bit to fix something or do some pair programming.
Brent Taft commented
Agree - would love to see this - I work remotely and don't want to have to talk voice every time i want to show a fellow developer my screen.
Yoav Rheims commented
Agree, I'm the IT Support in my company and I was using Skype for Business for taking the distant PC control. I just don't have to talk with people, just do my fixes and leave.
I deal with many offshores resources in India which operate from large office facilities with lots of background noise. It is too difficult to hear them over the background noise so we IM a lot. It would be great to share screen without having to start voice conversation and then mute call.
Brian Vallelunga commented
I have a very nice phone system for my remote teams and it's much more common for me to be on a call already with people and just want to simply share my desktop. I don't even have a microphone on my main desktop so we don't need additional "call" features the vast majority of the time.
I agree with the comments. Thanks for checking on this. Typically I am already on a call and working on many things and just need a quick glance at someone's screen. Skype for Business makes screen sharing very convenient
Jace Copier commented
Suphatra, here is a common example at my company:
User has an issue with a tool/application. I ask them to share their screen, and typically request control on their computer. I troubleshoot the problem and explain what I did/what happened afterwards.
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.
Ian Lee, Sr. commented
@Suphatra - because that's a much more cumbersome and time consuming process. Our scenario is typically that we are already on a phone call with a client and it comes up that we need to share something on the screen with them. Ideally (as with Skype for Business today...) this is a one-click process that does not involve starting a call, them answering, then us sharing our screen. We already have audio/video established, so no reason to start it a different way. THANKS!
ideally i do not want to have to open either a video or voice call in order to share screens.
sometimes it is because you are already on the phone with the person or multiple people and you just want to show something from your screen to someone.
you dont want to get the entire group to move to a teams call so you can share a screen. plus you may only want to share your screen with your team members on the conference call not everyone on the conference call.
we use this ability in skype all the time and so far is the only complaint i have from my employees about switching to TEAMS
Marc Wenning commented
I might just be in a chat and want to share my desktop, no need to open a video just to do that. Similar to Skype, you dont have to be in a call to share your dekstop. Not all users may have cameras on their machines either, so it doesnt make sense to force a video call just to share a dekstop.
Bryan Hunt commented
I work from home and I might still be in my pajamas. Also if you are on a low bandwidth connection, I don't want the video to degrade the screen sharing performance.
Brian Nipper commented
There are times when I'm working from home due to not feeling well or any other reason and while I want to share my screen with someone to get feedback/provide assistance, but I don't want to video chat.
Hi, Suphatra. In our case, it's because sometimes you are chatting with a person who is using Teams on their remote PC without audio. It would just be easier to share the screen from chat rather than make a call, connect, and then share the screen.
I think when this fist was recommended, the screen share option wasn't available from voice calls, too. It seems like it's now possible to screen share in a voice call rather than just a video call.
Most of our computers are desktops without webcams.
Also, we have users that need help by being walked through steps, using programs. For example, I handle the graphics development at our facility, but a lot of time other users have questions, and would like to show me what is on their screen. We don't need to see their face, we'd like to go straight into screen sharing.
Why tightly couple video calls with screensharing? not all calls are video (esp with video unsupported on mobile).
Matthew Steeples commented
Sometimes you're already on a call with someone else (eg a conference call) and someone wants to show you something briefly. You can't be in 2 calls at the same time.
Additionally, you may be on the call on one device, but actually want the screensharing to happen on another one, which means the call and the screenshare need to be on separate channels
Yoav Rheims commented
I'd like to add the whiteboard feature from SfB is missing too :(