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.
Thank you for your continued feedback. The feature team is actively working on this highly requested feature. We are testing the first release that will have the ability for meeting hosts to create breakout rooms, assign the users to the rooms and call them back to the main room. Please see our roadmap for current status here: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=65332.
Ian Armstrong commented
Hey Microsoft, you all are missing one heck of an opportunity right now. Zoom owns the virtual breakout room space for conferences and tends to pair with Slack instead of MS Teams.
I need to teach a group class that has break out activities, which discuss and then bring results back to the larger group. Is this possible?
Kat McQuade commented
Yes please. The breakout rooms transforms the platform into more than just for meetings. It becomes a learning environment as well. Zoom does a superb job here.
As with many other comments - given the recent developments in the world like many our organization is moving to online training however for external users. We require the ability to have break out rooms (like zoom) in the Teams Live events. When is the timeline for this happening?
For the time being doing this semi-manually might work, here is an 8-minute instructional video
The ability to easily share output from the breakout rooms back to the main room would really set it apart from other providers.
Cathy Unite commented
In order to complete our training online we need breakout sessions - like Zoom. The current COVID-19 situation has made it a TOP PRIORITY to have this feature.
Could you please let us know when this critical feature will be added? Thank you!
Here is a reason we may not want to use Zoom:
Keith Zecchini commented
We still have to use Zoom for this.
Please get this ASAP!! Needed now
more than ever. MS Teams is losing credibility in this critical time as a result of this lacking feature.
Hilda Richer commented
As a University teacher, I need webinar platforms to keep up my classes during the Covid 19 quarantine. I certainly prefer Teams to Zoom because I can pre-create my groups, but I need working teams to focus in different subjetcs.
Mark Ferraretto commented
I need this too. Zoom provides breakout rooms in its free product.
Jenny Glor commented
PLEEEEEEEASE make this happen!!! SOON! I am the Chief People Officer at a tech company in Tampa and we just went 100% virtual due to COVID. We NEED this function in Teams to be able to do our training sessions that we do weekly.
This is an essential function right now, in order for Teams to be the solution it needs to be.
Alicia Ranney commented
For Microsoft to be competitive right now...this functionality is essential.
Luciano Guerrero commented
It is very important for providing online training. We need to break the students into mini teams, they can work on their assignments by separate while the instructor maintain control and is available for questions and guidance. I am using only for this purpose Zoom instead of Teams.
Microsoft, please add the break out functionality ASAP! My company needs this too!
+1 vote for this in Teams, saves me using another communication tool.
Eddie Jones commented
@Alex, if this is planned is there a reason it does not show on the O365 roadmap: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap
I think there is considerable risk to market share going to Zoom if MS doesn't expedite this feature especially with the drastic increase in remote working. Thanks!