In March, Microsoft announced the rollout of several new
features for Teams and it looks like more updates will keep on
coming for Microsoft Teams in April. In the preview builds, the
Redmond-based firm is testing several new features for Breakout
Rooms, which allows users to set up different rooms or groups
for brainstorming sessions.
Microsoft Teams gained support for Breakout Rooms in 2020 and
it basically allows those with organizer permission to set up
different rooms for participants to encourage brainstorm
sessions before collaborating with others.
This feature is particularly useful in government and education
environments but is expected to launch for everyone in the
coming weeks. Microsoft is now planning to take the Breakout
Rooms experience to the next level by adding support for
timers, room retention and participant reassignment.
As shown in the above screenshot, Microsoft is adding support
for “set a time limit”, which will allow you to set a timer for
Breakout rooms from the settings. The session will
automatically end and rooms will close when the timer expires,
and users will be moved back to the main meeting.
The second new addition to Breakout Rooms is “Room assignment
retention”. As the name suggests, this will provide you with
the controls to persist room configuration and assignment over
In addition to these two new features, Microsoft Teams will
also allow you to change the rooms of the participants when
rooms are already open.
Notification setting improvements in Teams
Other new features include support for
Windows 10’s native notifications in Microsoft Teams.
As you may be aware, Teams currently uses its own notification
system, but the tech giant plans to replace it with Windows
10’s notification system, which should provide greater control
over your new alerts.
Later this year,
Microsoft is also planning to reduce CPU and memory usage of
Teams on macOS followed by Windows.