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Virtual Breakout Rooms added to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft have added Breakout Rooms to Teams to allow meeting organisers to split main meetings into smaller sessions for focused discussions.

Meeting hosts from the end of November 2020 can create breakout rooms to be used by meeting participants for smaller group discussion. They can assign participants to a room and call them back to the larger group when the breakout is complete.

To see the breakout rooms option within your meetings, you must turn on the new Teams meeting experience in your General Settings and checking the “Turn on new meeting experience” option, then restart your Teams client. All participants, including the meeting organiser need to be using the latest version of Teams on Windows, Macs, iOs and Android.

For meeting organisers, once you are in the meeting you should see the breakout room option next to the raise hand control.

The options included in the new breakout feature are fairly extensive and some are set out below:

Features available for organiser:

Features available for participants:

This new breakout feature is clearly designed to help normalise the working-from-home experience due to Covid-19, where ordinarily in face-to-face meetings and conferences, break out sessions would happen in separate rooms.

For more information on the new updates coming to Microsoft Teams, visit https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2020/06/20-updates-for-microsoft-teams-for-education-including-7×7-video-and-breakout-rooms/

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