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.
We are excited to announce that Breakout Rooms are now generally available for all customers. For more information, please check out our new blog post available here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/breakout-rooms-is-now-generally-available-in-microsoft-teams/ba-p/1968481
Thank you all for your feedback on this highly requested feature.
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Absolutely key, adobe & webex have it already for a LONG TIME!
Juan Gonzalez commented
OMG - please bring this functionality now! Hard to sale Microsoft Teams if you don't offer this.
Bump i.e. add this feature. Badly needed.
This would be greatly appreciated in our volunteer organisation, where people want to run "webinars" with our existing software.
We really would like to see this too. We have bought a competing product, because it had that feature (and maybe one other) that SkypeFB/Teams couldn't deliver. We're in education, by the way.
Wow, I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more votes… Seems like a really useful feature - for education too.
Please, please have this feature. So that when we need to group people during mentoring or coaching this will lessen the time to create another meeting invite
To be able to use teams to conduct training webinars, would want to be able to have delegates breakout of main video call into seprate channels to have smaller group chats and come back into main room. Without having to drop in and out of calls.
Often both IT and the Business hold large audio conferences for crisis calls. It would be great if Microsoft Audio Conferencing could allow the audio conference host to create break outs within their main audio conference.
West, Avaya, Cisco etc. have this capability and it prevents Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing from growing in the enterprise.
1. 100 people are on an active audio conference.
2. The meeting host says "Those who need to talk about specific issue ‘A’ please press #1 to be taken to a break out conference".
3. Any audio conference participants in the main call who press #1 on their phone dialers are moved to a sub audio conference with other participants who pressed #1.
4. Same example for anyone pressing #2, #3 and on and on.
This would allow multiple topic discussions to take place independently of each other without confusion and talking over each other. People who are talking about issue A or on #1, people who are talking about issue B are on #2.
This is critical for IT shops that need ONE main dial in number for large system outages and availability issues.
An added benefit would be a web portal for the Audio Conference owner to see who is actively on the call AND the corresponding break out conferences. They could then move participants themselves back and forth between the main conference and sub break out conferences at will.
We'd love to be able to hold a large meeting, then break folks into smaller breakout groups to work on problems or issues together, then return to the large group to share.
Adobe Connect can do this, and we'll never fully switch until we have this capability