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.
Lachlan Musicman commented
Adding our request to this list. We would use this yesterday.
Thomas Krecker commented
I am switching 90% of the virtual workshops I organize from from Skype to Zoom, regardless of the fact, that Skype is implemented and preferred by the costumer and zoom is often restricted. The customers demand complete workshops and breakout sessions are a substantial part of it. Now in times of Corona the customers do care less about standrds but about what works. My virtual Pinboard Software does it and is synchronized with zoom. Adobe has it, though useless in other parts, Meeting to Go has it... I can add an endless list... If You google You find demands for that 5, 6, 7 Years old...
Carol Szymke Mulford commented
When is the planned release date for teams break out functionality?
Danny White commented
This would be extremely useful, especially for remote teaching, where students could do groupwork online and feedback to the main class at a specific time. Zoom offers this functionality already - is there are indication when this may be available for MS Teams?
Really surprised that this feature is not implemented yet.
Any more news on when?
When is the breakout room functionality coming?
Please add this functionality. When is it planned to be released?
Stephan Weber commented
We've just rolled out teams across our organisation which is great. The challenged - we require this for advanced use cases (e.g. online learning environments with breakout rooms), polls etc
Is this coming? or should we revert to Webex
Jeff Allen commented
I see it is planned. Is there a date for release?
Seto sir commented
How come without this function for an educator?
Max Noble commented
Please add this feature many thanks
OMar Rivera commented
With all of the different enterprise functions, and their needs for trainings, meetings, ideation sessions, general planning, finance, development sessions etc etc etc, this should be included. Customers across the board could work differently and extract more value for this tool if we had this.
Joshua Harris commented
Please, please give us Breakout rooms asap otherwise we have to use Zoom for this function
Heather Panitch commented
When can we expect breakout rooms? We are looking to create virtual learning in teams and need that capability.
Daniel Fletcher commented
Jonas Rajanto commented
Another supporter here. An additional feature request: give the presenter/producer/moderator access to each breakout room chat, so Q&A can be done quickly without jumping between rooms.
Jonathan Butt commented
Good to hear its planned. Lets get this into production as in education breakout rooms are important. Not having them is pushing people to look at zoom and other tools as well
Definitely Required this Feature in MS Teams.