Introduce breakout room functionality
We have a business requirement for breakout rooms with live events. The idea is pretty simple - we plan to use live events to host internal staff training webinars and as part of that, at times we will ask for small groups of people (typically 4-5) to go away into a breakout room and come back to the group with their answer/idea.
We would like to see this functionality be introduced to Microsoft Teams for not only live events but also video calls. This would provide feature parity with pre-existing tools such as Zoom, WebEx and many more which would be a cost saving for us.
Features we would expect as part of breakout rooms would be as follows:
- Option to assign users to a specific room
- Option to random assign users to a specific room
- Presenters/producers can switch between rooms
- Breakout rooms have a time limit for how long they last before everyone being bought back to the group
- The ability to appoint a moderator of a breakout room
- The ability to record each and every room separately (This is a dream ask)
Happy to provide more detail as required.
Based on your recent feedback, we have prioritized this feature and begun working on it. We’ll update as we make progress and have more details to share.
I can't wait to have this feature available. We will be using it for virtual recruiting events once it is!
What is the status on this? It has been under development for a long time now? Please provide an ETA. Thanks!
Then at least give us as a team owner the opportunity to join more than 4 concurrent video meetings, I use channels as a surrogate break-out room in teaching my online classes, and most often need more than 4 concurrent meetings to occur simultaneously. Thank you.
Heather Carpenter-Oliveira commented
I would also suggest people be able to choose their own breakout rooms and not have to be pre-assigned.
When will this hit the roadmap site? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1&filters=Microsoft%20Teams%2CIn%20development#owRoadmapMainContent
Andrew T commented
Any updates on this?
Any ETA on this?
Liam Gaughan commented
Please enable this, we would love to have this!
@Alex(Teams Engineering, Microsoft Teams) can you please post an update
Hi is there any update on this please?
Parveen Sharma commented
Is there any timelines for release of this feature?
Peter S commented
As per your note on April 14, development is in progress but I do not see it on the 365 roadmap. Do you have an estimated launch date?
Adam V commented
Yes please - needed feature
We would like to use Teams for our applications but need breakout functionality and will need to look at other options.
I am a O365 Adoption PM within a company of 12,000 users, a number that is still increasing despite Covid and this increase proposes a challenge, one that is steering us off the Microsoft course and in the direction of other video/audio conference tools.
Whilst running training on large or small scales it is crucial to have the ability to automate breakouts during the training, without this feature in Teams more and more of our divisions are looking elsewhere for solutions and this takes the attention away from Teams which has so much more to offer. My fear is that when people get use to a tool that works, it harder to get them back to a tool that didn't at an earlier time. Can you please provide an update on when we are likely to see this, preferably by month not quarter.
p.s.i appreciate the hard work Microsoft are continuing to do and can only imagine the lengths and hours being put in to achieve them, keep up the good work, but please implement this soon.
For schools, it would be great if there was a way to close the breakout rooms at the same time, so all students would return to the main room at once.
This would be a super helpful feature for our business. It works very well on zoom ;)
Hope this will be implemented soon!
This would be great to have. This feature is vital ,i need this functionality!
. An estimated date would be great. My school is preparing for the new academic year and looks like it won't be teams for the lack of breakout rooms. I have been hopeful to be able to make them lean towards Teams but the chances are dropping every day