Microsoft has been updating its flagship Teams product with new
features every month, and over the weekend, Microsoft Teams
marketing director teased some of the enhancements designed
specifically for the online classes.
In late July, Microsoft confirmed that it plans to develop
Zoom-like Breakout rooms feature for Teams. Last month,
Microsoft officially teased the Breakout rooms support at
Ignite 2020 conference, and now the company has posted another
teaser of this highly-anticipated update.
Breakout rooms is a feature specifically designed to help more
than 150 million students and institutional leaders using
Microsoft Teams. With Breakout rooms, Microsoft says it will
allow educators or organizers to break the class into small
In the groups, participants or attendees can have their own
private conversations, and later they can come back to the
To complement the Breakout rooms feature,
Microsoft is also introducing support for 7×7 grid layout
where educators can view up to 49 participants at the same
Breakout rooms feature also aims to make it easier for students
or participants to collaborate with each other while
maintaining a distance from other participants and teacher.
Organizers can also manage permissions for the groups. For
example, they can turn off the ability to edit and delete
messages in the group.
Once the feature is available on Windows 10 or macOS,
organizers of the meeting will see the Breakout rooms icon when
they click the three dots menu, as shown in the screenshot
This option will take all users to a private meeting window and
organizers can create up to 50 rooms in a meeting. You can
allow attendees to join the groups automatically or you can
also add users manually to the room.
While the 7v7 grid layout will begin rolling out to users later
this year, Microsoft says
Teams will receive support for the Breakout rooms in December
on Windows 10, macOS and other desktop platforms.
For those using Teams on Android and iOS, Microsoft is
currently planning to release the feature in December 2020.