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.
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.
John Tallapu Reddy commented
Absolutely Need this feature, YES PLEASE!
We are also very much looking forward to this feature becoming available in teams! Since we have offices in over 10 countries, virtual workshops and good digital communication tools are very important for us. However, due to the effort connected with training people how to use various software, we would like to stick to one solution only - if Teams had the Breakout room function it would pretty much cover all our needs in terms of meeting software.
@Alex: can you perhaps give us some further information as per when this feature will be rolled-out?
Jean-Paul Remillieux commented
I could not agree more with everyone else here. We've been using Adobe Connect and Zoom for education and are considering adding Teams to our toolset for online courses. But for now, we would have to maintain Zoom because group work and peer-to-peer interaction are at the heart of our online teaching strategies. Close to 90% of our instructors use breakout rooms in their live sessions. I red from Alex that Microsoft is considering adding breakout rooms to the functionalities of Teams. Do you have a timeline in mind?
Claire Iles commented
It would be very useful to have a feature to enable the organiser to create and manage breakout rooms on Teams. I am a trainer, and find this am excellent way to gain more interaction during a virtual training session; by having people working in smaller groups. It would also be great to enable whiteboard functionality to these breakout rooms to allow visualisation of work.
Mattias Kressmark commented
I believe this is the same idea as "Breakout rooms for meetings".
Can they be merged?
Brian Bozzuto commented
Everyone pretty much said it, we can't adopt this fully in our organization (10,000+ people) until this sort of feature is available. The individual subscriptions to WebEx continue in the meantime.
Geoff Duke commented
This seems like the same request as https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/35000044-introduce-breakout-room-functionality which has more votes.
Julia Papworth commented
We had to additional buy into ZOOM because this functionality does not exist in TEAMS.
To enhance the possibility of having remote workshops it would be great for the moderator to split the participants in smaller pre-defined groups for some working session and exercises. The moderator should be able to overlook at each group to give suggestions or if there is any question, like in a live workshop environment. At the end of the group task, all the participants will be reconnected directly to a unique meeting.
Kevin Lutz commented
This is the only remaining feature keeping us on WebEx. We hold thousands of meetings annually where we use breakout rooms. Our organization is spread across 2,700 locations in the United States and we are regularly training our 250,000+ employees. We use breakout rooms in our training sessions for smaller groups to discuss a topic and rejoin the larger group to share their small group discussion. Please add this feature.
This has just come up as a reason not to use Teams exclusively as we try and move away from third party suppliers. This is essential for full business buy-in.
Marco Blankenburgh commented
totally essential in MS Teams: WE NEED breakout rooms! Virtual meetings will be so much more productive if we can split people into virtual working groups and convene when each working group has done their activities. I will keep people engaged and makes better use our virtual team time!