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.
Work is continuing on this highly requested feature. Please see the roadmap for status here: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=65332.
i cannot find this feature listed in the roadmap (used lik provided)
We are forced to use Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom and the lack of breakout rooms capability is devastating. Under the conditions we are working in today, it is impossible to set up channels in advance in any meaningful way. We simply must have the ability to assign people who are present at the moment into breakout rooms.
Please add resources to the group working on this so it can be delivered sooner. I am under daily pressure from staff and clients to add a corporate Zoom license and invest in training all staff solely because we must have the break-out room feature to do our work well. We already pay for Teams and have staff partway trained on running Teams meetings effectively, but much of our effort on keeping the O365 integration we want will be lost if more of our staff move to Zoom. Once that is their "goto" for facilitating meetings, it will be very difficult to get them back on Teams no matter how many new features you add. Please don't miss this timing window!!
Austin Eschweiler commented
Q4 is not good enough, guys. I know development takes time but Teams seems to constantly be behind in features, with native breakout groups being a killer missing feature.
Werner Danda commented
Breakout rooms are the precondition to work interactive an in a dialog format with a group. Ib the daily business we have mostly groups from 4 to 12 people. With this number, it is fine to give inputs and pitches about topics, but after that, we need a space of open exchange to get efficient ground for the next steps or bedder decisions. Breakout rooms are the roots of creating relations to get known. To explore results with the given resources, with the existing relations.
This happens only in a good cooperation environment.
One important requirement is the direct change of breakout rooms, without coming back in the plenum and the additional support of sending the peope in their new rooms. second good feature would be a poll for consent questions to prioritize topics / projects
We would like to hold a training seminar with breakout rooms. I wondered if anything had been developed as yet and if possible we would also like the facility to hold a poll for our audience. Could you let me know if this facility exists or what would be the best software to run as a poll alongside teams.
Ian Andersen commented
Please ask your team to work faster. :-) My IT-people have outlawed Zoom, which has this feature, but not the other great functionalities of Teams. All I want is Teams with breakouts as described above.
Edward "Avery" Bates commented
Our Corporate IT, Operations groups, and Management use Teams for daily business and project management. The majority of our employee group uses teams for educational and training purposes.
Teams for Education would be better suited for the majority of our employees, yet they do not use Teams as often as the other employee groups.
We are hoping your new Breakout enhancements will help us manage our training by making it easier to build and manage the breakout groups.
Looking forward to your updates!
Will the WhiteBoard feature be available to share and collaborate on in each of the breakout rooms?
This breakout feature is also very useful in open conferences, where people step out of the formal presentations for a while to meet a few other people to chat with voice and video support. Also this should be coupled with multi-display support - so that the main display does not stop, though the user can mute his/her own voice and and video, and optionally also reduce volume of the main presentation, while he or she has a breakout session with few others. Multiple chat breakouts should be supported. In an open conference, networking is a major objective and benefit and so this would be of great help.
Essential feature for our activity. Needs to be able to work with users who are invited to the call, but who have no account in the organisation.
folks... not only live ebents!!!!
Always constantly asked for
Q4 is not soon enough. Once the school year starts and teachers are forced to use Zoom because of the breakout feature, they are not going to switch back to Teams and confuse their students and the workflow in the middle of the semester!
I desesperately need breakout room feature in Teams ! Please .... Go fast ! We need it !!!!
We are planning our Welcome and Induction week for 5000 University Students. We desperately need the breakout room feature for these events. I'm an advocate for Teams in our organisation but I'm worried we will lose our audience to Zoom on this feature alone.
I am anxiously waiting for the automate process to do breakout rooms, but in the meantime there is still a way to create breakout sessions in Teams currently. We've done that for a team of 80+ with 9 breakout sessions, each facilitated by a different person, Worked very well. Check out some of the videos out there to help you in the meantime. I googled Microsoft Teams breakout rooms.
Lynn Laskiewicz commented
Participated in corporate training and everyone is using Zoom to conduct because they have some awesome features to facilitate on-line collaboration and training! MS needs to role this out ASAP!
This is CRITICAL for making Teams work for teaching at the secondary level. If this isn't up and running, I'm going to have to use zoom - and I'd much rather stay on Teams. Thanks!
Shelly Butler commented
Thank you!!! We need this in high schools. Really helps with small group learning.