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.
Breakout room functionality is planned at this point.
Claire Iles commented
It would be very useful to have a feature to enable the organiser to create and manage breakout rooms on Teams. I am a trainer, and find this am excellent way to gain more interaction during a virtual training session; by having people working in smaller groups. It would also be great to enable whiteboard functionality to these breakout rooms to allow visualisation of work.
Brian Bozzuto commented
Everyone pretty much said it, we can't adopt this fully in our organization (10,000+ people) until this sort of feature is available. The individual subscriptions to WebEx continue in the meantime.
Julia Papworth commented
We had to additional buy into ZOOM because this functionality does not exist in TEAMS.
Kevin Lutz commented
This is the only remaining feature keeping us on WebEx. We hold thousands of meetings annually where we use breakout rooms. Our organization is spread across 2,700 locations in the United States and we are regularly training our 250,000+ employees. We use breakout rooms in our training sessions for smaller groups to discuss a topic and rejoin the larger group to share their small group discussion. Please add this feature.
This has just come up as a reason not to use Teams exclusively as we try and move away from third party suppliers. This is essential for full business buy-in.
Marco Blankenburgh commented
totally essential in MS Teams: WE NEED breakout rooms! Virtual meetings will be so much more productive if we can split people into virtual working groups and convene when each working group has done their activities. I will keep people engaged and makes better use our virtual team time!
Adam Romano commented
Without this feature, I can't use it for online collaboration effectively and I will go back to WebEX
YES YES YES!!
James Gambill commented
This is the last piece from having our organization having teams be our primary meeting application. We still use Go To Meeting for training. Even if this was an enterprise piece that would require to purchase an higher enterprise license it would be a no brainier purchase.
This plus the other oft-requested feature of having more than only four video panes at a time would make Teams a complete replacement for Zoom or Webex. At this point, my company is paying for two services and would love to pay a little more even for Teams if it could eliminate the other. Take the advice, MS team!
Need this option. This is used heavily in training at Enterprise customers.
In need of this option. Teams is great already, but it would be fabulous with this.
James Maddison commented
Yes, yes, yes - So need this feature for our Business. Why wouldn't MS want a Webex killer? A global market is sitting here just waiting to be harvested if MS could but see the opportunity.
Marco Blankenburgh commented
ABSOLUTELY; bring in breakout room functionality of MS Teams!
We have a major challenge in that we want to use 365 solutions as much as possible.
BUT, when it comes to using Microsoft Teams for our group sessions; the lack of breakout rooms functionality forces us to use other solutions!
Microsoft: please fix this, so that you continue to extend the excellent value you offer through Office 365!
Bill W commented
Is there a way to have multiple sessions open at the same time so that you can add the separate groups to each one? This would somewhat solve the issue in the meantime for us.
Rahim Mawji commented
Just noticed another thread on this here; re-posting and voting.
Adding to the user voices here! This would be a great and highly utilized feature at our firm. Kindly consider accomplishing this feature via web as well in addition to the app/ desktop client. Zoom is otherwise our tool of choice here. Thank you!
Voting on behalf of Lancaster University - 12000 students, about 20% of whihc could use this feature.We too are buying Zoom for this purpose and would prefer to use teams.
Yes, microsoft Teams should facilitate breakout rooms. We'd like to use it for virtual classes.
Phil Maynard commented
This is really needed. We're loosing larger group meetings to Zoom at the moment due to the lack of breakout options...
Ian Caldwell commented
We are still using Adobe Connect and Zoom to support break-out rooms. Feature parity is a great idea!