Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms is getting another great feature

Microsoft Teams meeting page

At a time when the entire world is working or learning from
home, Microsoft has announced that it has added several new
features to Microsoft Teams. As part of the October 2020
update, Microsoft says it expanded
Spotlight feature to more users, enabled support for live
transcription capabilities with speaker attribution, and more.

Over the past few months, Microsoft Teams has become an
indispensable part of our regular workflows and Microsoft
recently confirmed that it’s working on a feature called
‘Breakout Rooms’.

Microsoft has been helping organizers or teachers with a
greater number of virtual attendees and the upcoming Zoom-like
Breakout Rooms feature will finally give users the ability to
split attendees into smaller groups.

Breakout rooms feature

This will allow attendees to have their private discussion in
their separate groups and then come back to the larger or main
meeting later. Microsoft is hoping that these granular controls
for teachers or organizers will help them manage online classes
or meetings precisely.

Teams Breakout rooms

Last month, Microsoft said that it plans to enable
virtual breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams in November.
According to the roadmap, the feature is still scheduled to
arrive later this month, but it looks like it might come
bundled with another excellent addition.

Teams group discussion

Microsoft has confirmed that
it will enable support for ‘Whiteboard’ within the virtual
breakout rooms. Whiteboard is a feature that allows users to
draw, write notes, and share ideas together on a digital
canvas.

The same whiteboard experience will be offered within all the
virtual breakout rooms on Windows 10 and the web app.

Attendees will be able to draw, write notes, and highlight
their ideas on a whiteboard and share it with others or the
organizer/teacher in the main meeting.

At the moment, it’s unclear when the tech giant plans to bring
whiteboard rooms support to mobile users.

According to another roadmap update, there’s a separate
December update planned that will allow you to enable 3×3
gallery view for rooms on Android phones, so you can view up to
9 meeting participants during a meeting.

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