Participant controls in meetings - block attendee video
Just another Skype for Business feature that hasn't been built in Teams yet - need the ability to block / disable all attendee video as part of standard participant controls (including make all participants attendees, mute all, mute lock etc.) This was done really well in Skype for Business, but for some reason we are starting from scratch with meeting participant controls in Teams.
We are excited to announce we will soon be releasing the ability to disable all attendee videos, and the ability to disable a single attendee video.
Please see https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?searchterms=70620 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?searchterms=70621 for further details.
Nathalie Boislard commented
I find it very important.
Yes! This is much needed. We have this need as well. We have Members and alternates and listeners - we need to be able to turn off the video and mic of the listeners and keep the video on for Members and their alternates.
Gary Huber commented
I agree, this could save embarrassments if a participant does not realize they are being shown in a display panel when another person is presenting.
Mark Norman commented
Some schools will not use videoconferencing "for safeguarding reasons". If the teacher was able to 'mute the video' of other participants, this may overcome this fear. (A possible later refinement may be to have the speaker/teacher see the participant's video before deciding if others should see it.)
The fear appears to be that one of the students may have something inappropriate in their video (or behind them) that other students should not see.
Marie-Eve Gravel commented
Would be nice if meeting organizers could turn off attendee's cameras and microphones but also that they can turn them back on whenever needed. I am working with children so it would make class meeting really easier.
Hoping to bump this up to get more votes
Dominique Neam commented
During a Teams meeting, it would be beneficial to allow the organizer to turn off certain attendee's cameras (just like how an organizer can currently mute an attendee).
Ron Garcia commented
We have adopted Teams as our unified client. We use it a lot for meetings where every joins with the teams client and we have meetings where we bridge Polycom endpoints via Polycom realconnect. We have some meetings that users are asked to mute their camera but unfortunately teams does not remove the participant from the screen it leaves a shadow image. In skype and other vendors, bluejeans, zoom, etc. When you mute the video the person shows as a participant but there is no shadow image. This is forcing us to look at Zoom as a replacement for teams. We would hate to move to zoom but we don't see to a choice.