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.
Can't wait for this!
Andy Winskill commented
Break out rooms need to be supported in Team Meetings that are associated with a channel. We have been guided to use Channel meetings wherever possible to make it easier for people to see the chat and files associated with the collaboration.
can you confirm if this breakout room feature will be available for the enterprise F3/E3 account holders?
This sounds great! The sooner we have capability to easily use breakout rooms in MS Teasm is greatly appreciated. We are shifting our clinical healthcare education work online given the pandemic. And breakout rooms are key to optimizing active learning for learners. Thanks in advance.
Laura Tham commented
Appreciate if this can be a reality. I had bad experience with the current way of creating channels to breakout the students into different channels. At the end we wasted at least 15 minutes of the lesson trying to figure out how to bring the students back to the general room after the breakout as some students were lost and not knowing how to find their way back to general main meeting room. It will definitely be better for the tutor to have control over the breakout rooms just like in Zoom.
Shelbianne Wilks commented
When is Q4 per the roadmap?
Can one add files in the breakout rooms so that various teams can collaborate interactively on a specific document or onenote? Will it then be saved in the larger meeting or sent as a summary in the e-mail to the producer?
Will video follow the students into their breakout room so that they can all see each other and interact?
We were forced into purchasing a license with GoToTraining to get this feature.
Sarah Weiss commented
Also glad to see this is being worked on, however the sooner the better! We are on the fence on whether we're moving to Zoom, i would like to stay with Teams but without breakout rooms its a deal breaker. The functionality is so critical to running effective trainings and meetings.
Really glad this is coming, but if we can get it before December that would be better - our organisation's strategy is to use MS Teams and come away from Zoom, but until the breakout rooms are in place, individuals are still using Zoom for Education where they need breakout functions but not getting out of the habit for it for individual meetings - I really need this to help with our Teams adoption.
december is way too late... google/zoom is going to win in my district. Breakout rooms are essential for remote teaching effectively. Can we get some basic form of them early in september, then add features as they are ready?
Would like to have the capability to allow attendees to choose their own breakout room much like what is offered during live conferences such as CES.
Please do this by Sept 1!
I heard it is only planned for education tenants. That would be extremely frustrating. Please bring it for everyone asap.
December! Most of a year gone of virtual learning before you can manage something this basic!
I am looking forward to this update....breakout rooms are needed!! :)
John Gunawan commented
Definitely looking forward to this functionality! Thanks!
I saw the feature yesterday but today it is gone. Tear!
great to hear breakout room function is almost here. I hope you deploy it into commercial tenants, not just education.