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Lock the Video Spotlight

In Skype for Business hosted meetings, there is a feature called "Lock the Video Spotlight" that allows you to choose a video feed that's displayed to all participants. This feature does not appear to be in the Teams client today, and it doesn't appear on the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap.

In some Teams meetings I want all my participants to just view one presenters video stream and not have the 4 participant split view. We need a way for the Teams meeting host to force their video to be prominent from the participants view.

https://aka.ms/skype2teamsroadmap

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      • Rebecca commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would also be great when you have dial-in participants, because the phone number is currently displayed as one of the participants and takes up space on the screen, often showing up larger than actual video.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Indeed, I would like to see the TEAMS videoconferencing capability built-out so that we could hold real meetings with similar camera and view control available with H.323 systems like Cisco SX or Polycom. Full screen presentation should be a given. The "hollywood squares" are fine...but what if you want more than 4 people displayed... (maybe I want 12, for example).

        Frankly, given the so-called strategic direction of TEAMS as part of Microsoft's offerings, I'm not sure why TEAMS isn't getting more development resources. As it is, it is a lame conglomeration of bits and bobs built on top of SharePoint, and OneDrive....with those things bleeding through at inconvenient times, and with only a subset of the communications capability of Skhpe 4 Business.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's quite disconcerting in a big meeting when you can't work out who's talking. Not really much point in having the video capability at all in such cases...

      • Ryan Whitaker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I completely agree. This feature should be considered baseline functionality for Video conferencing.

      • Dylan Rhea commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Critically missing feature and undermines the use of the tool for large conference calls.

      • Erik Olsson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would be great for training/education, in classroom settings etc. Feature request has come up from a few customers. Any word on this feature coming to Teams?

      • yu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In addition to the above idea,
        Of the participant views divided into four, one is a fixed view and the other three participants wish to be displayed in floating.

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