Microsoft Teams to get Breakout Rooms managers, AI-powered search page

Microsoft Teams breakout rooms

Managing your breakout rooms experience in Microsoft Teams is
about to get even better as Microsoft is now testing a new
feature called “Breakout Rooms managers”

One of the best features in Teams is support for virtual
breakout rooms which are similar to rooms offered on the Zoom
platform. With virtual breakout rooms, organizers can set up
different rooms for individuals to brainstorm ideas before
joining the main session, and it’s especially useful in
education institutes.

Microsoft Teams latest addition is “breakout rooms manager” and
it will allow organizers to select managers for each breakout
room. These managers or presenters will administer the virtual
rooms and they will be able to manage the operations of the
specified virtual room.

Virtual breakout room managers will have access to the
following features:

  • Add/delete rooms.
  • Assigning users to rooms.
  • Set timers.
  • Recreate room and tweak other settings.

Teams breakout rooms manager

The feature is currently under development and will begin
rolling out to users in mid-September.

Search experience in Teams

Microsoft is also experimenting with a new Top Hits section for
the autosuggest results in search. The Top Hits section will
allow users to see the relevant results across people, chats,
files and more directly within the autosuggest results which
appear when you type keywords in the search bar.

This experience will be powered by AI.

In addition to Top Hits, the Microsoft Teams search results
page is also getting a new design that will make it easier to
find people, answers, recordings, files, messages, and more.

The redesigned search results page is powered by AI and
Microsoft says it can fetch far better results than the
traditional search pages, and it will also surface content from
prominent places like Microsoft 365.

In other words, the redesigned search page could improve the
overall Teams experience and save your time.

It is worth noting that this feature will be released in
November and it will only be available in the desktop version
of Microsoft Teams.

Other improvements coming to Microsoft Teams

In related news,
Microsoft is working on Teams 2.0 for consumers using
Windows 10 or Windows 11 and it will support new messaging
features currently unavailable in the traditional desktop
client.

Teams 2.0 is based on Microsoft Edge WebView and it will also
offer better performance than the Electron-powered Teams.

As part of a new “Chat” tool, Microsoft Teams consumer
offering will be integrated into the taskbar of Windows 11 and
it will begin rolling out in the holiday season.

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