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.
Thank you for your continued feedback. The feature team is actively working on this highly requested feature. We are testing the first release that will have the ability for meeting hosts to create breakout rooms, assign the users to the rooms and call them back to the main room. Please see our roadmap for current status here: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=65332.
You have no idea how hard it is pushing back users who are pressuring to use Zoom over Teams solely because Breakout Rooms keeps being pushed back, October to November now December.
I'm lucky I have an advanced copy and it works a treat. Please push it out early to protect me from the bread of Zoom.......
Please can we have an update on Breakout rooms - what is coming and when. So many staff are wanting to use it.
[Deleted User] commented
Thanks for working on this. This will be much appreciated by our organization.
It's better to wait for a stable feature rather than start complaining about a rushed and unstable one.
Disappointing lack of transparency here as the rollout has slipped from October to November and now to December. Obviously something that is of critical importance to many and it would be good to hear from the product team as to why this has happened and a realistic idea of when this will be available.
Elizabeth Barclay commented
Any date for release to the Canadian market yet?
please allow presenters to move between rooms, currently presenters have to be placed in a room if there is more than one presenter
Max T. Jensen commented
Too late. Zoom won the trust and place in my organisation :(
We decided to keep using Teams for our classes as the promised this feature would be available the semester. It is not and that is disturbing
This is sadly a reason why MS continues to fall behind. All of your competitors have this feature. It is long overdue. I hope that you can rectify this as it is a great feature and would add so much to the experience of Teams.
Terezia Kovacs commented
When can we expect to make this happen considering that the original post is more than 2 years old?
When is this *really* going to be available?
Adam Lien commented
@Alex, can we get an update please? The road map (65332) keeps pushing this back. This is now one of our most requested features as EOY Reviews and Evaluations are starting to occur. Thanks!
Michael Behrisch commented
Related Roll-out question: I was able to use the feature last week in a small meeting (the icon popped up and everything worked). Now I want to use breakout rooms in a class setting, but both times there was no button there? How does the roll-out policy work? Was I just a lucky A/B tester last week?
I understand that the testing can lead to the feature being pushed back on the roll-out. It would be really nice (and I would feel taken seriously as a user and participant in user voice), it you could let us know this information here, ideally with a few details on the reasons and the expected date.
Phil Rigotti commented
Will this be available for Mac OS?
Hi Alex, a feature we really need is like Webex has where there's an option to allow people to move themselves between breakout rooms themselves rather than manually allocating, for large workshops to reduce the admin overhead burden. Can this feature be included as an option please on the backlog? I see other similar feature requests for this - thanks!
From October to November to December? :/
any update on date?
Very much looking forward to this feature as without it Zoom again has the edge over Teams in our setting
As an educator in a public high school, this looks unworkable. I need to set up at least three sets of breakout rooms (one for each class) in one day - I don't have the luxury of two weeks to prepare for a class. the limit of four breakouts is less than optimal - class size is typically 23-30 and many tasks/lessons require students to work in teams of three or four,