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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.

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  • Bill W commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Phil Maynard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is really needed. We're loosing larger group meetings to Zoom at the moment due to the lack of breakout options...

  • Sarah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please! I was searching to see if it's possible and found your suggestion here. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If microsoft would do this, it would bring a new level of competition to Brightspace, Blackboard, and others in the higher ed. market. Along with breakout rooms, be sure to add features like a timer so folks know when the breakout is 'over' and that they will be returned to the main area.

  • Steve Humphrey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a needed function to bring virtual experiences closer to a live experiences. Large group presentations interlaced with small group breakout discussion is one way to do this. It is the reason we are evaluating alternative platforms to Skype and Teams. Would rather stay with Microsoft

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