Position video feeds to top of window while screen sharing
Currently, Teams positions the meeting participant video feeds at the bottom of the window while someone is sharing their screen. This ends up causing everyone to focus their eyes down to the bottom of their screen during conversation, which is typically the furthest away from where most people's web cameras are positioned in their workspace (usually at the top of the screen).
Talking to people that all look like they're looking at something other than you can be disruptive to the flow of conversation. I would recommend either moving the default position of the video feeds to the top of the screen so that everyone's eyes are focused closer to their camera.
Even better, give the user the choice of positioning those windows to be closer to wherever their web camera is positioned in their workspace.
Richard Collette commented
It should be a choice.
I would also like to to see the the active speaker in the center, with the most recent speakers organized out to the edges, so that when I look at the center/top of my screen I am able to look at the active speaker(s), and they then see me looking at them.
I realize that swapping the video position this way might be a little distracting, or perhaps something that just takes getting used to, but it is certainly worth a feature trial and one that I would be willing to participate in.
I knew someone else had the same issue as me! Yes, this is very important for engagement during meetings. Should be possible to move the users' video up to the top by choice.
Tim Bourguignon commented
This, so much! It feels so weird when people have their head turned down, you really have the feeling that no-one is looking at you...
Or at least align them from the left rather than the right as all the notifications appear on the bottom right and then sit on top of the video feeds
Thomas Vasen commented
Yes it feels so dumb and awkward. Some of my colleagues have this uncharging cameras just over the keyboard (Dell?) but most have cameras on top and the video of the speaker should be centered there.
John Eddy commented
Definitely encourage Microsoft to do this since part of your business model is to make Teams meetings feel more like in-person meetings which includes the ability to make "eye contact" in a virtual environment.