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    Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to announce that capability to allow specific presenters to manage breakout rooms is now available to users who have opted into Public Preview.

    To see feature details, please visit https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-public-preview/now-in-public-preview-presenter-support-in-breakout-rooms/m-p/2774821.

    For details on switching to the Microsoft Teams Public Preview version, please see : https://aka.ms/TeamsPublicPreview.

    We look forward to your preview feedback!

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    Tom Evans commented  · 

    Today I'm using the Public Preview to use the multiple admins for breakout rooms. This is definitely much better than the previous state of breakout rooms, but I don't believe the usage requirement is fully understood by Microsoft. What we really need is the ability for multiple admins to manage breakout rooms at the same time. In the current implementation, multiple people can have the right to manage breakout rooms, but only one person can do it at a time.

    Here is the problem scenario. When delivering a class, we have one person managing the technical side of the meeting (often called a producer). This allows the class instructor to focus on the class and not administering the technology. When it's time for a class exercise, the producer creates the breakout rooms and sends the participants into the breakout rooms. But the instructor wants to visit and move around breakout rooms.

    In the previous implementation of MS Teams, that was impossible. In the public preview, this is possible, but the instructor needs to pull manage away from the producer and then later the producer has to pull manage away from the instructor.

    Also, sometimes in a training class, we might have two instructors, and both instructors want to be able to move around breakout rooms at the same time. I hope this helps you better understand the need. Happy to discuss it with you.

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    Tom Evans commented  · 

    I was really hoping that the new breakout rooms functionality in MS Teams would enable us to do more online training with Teams. Unfortunately, it still falls short, and one of the big issues is the need for multiple organizers.

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    Tom Evans commented  · 

    Hi Microsoft. We are excited this is planned. It was originally on the roadmap for this summer and now I see it's November. This is a significant limiting factor for us to use MS Teams as much as we would like.

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    Tom Evans commented  · 

    Yes, this is such an important need for us also. We typically have a trainer and a meeting facilitator, and in Zoom, we are able to do all of these things. In MS Teams, are hands are tied and the trainer is unable to move in and out of breakout rooms to assist the class participants.

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