Microsoft Teams has several features on the way that will improve breakout sessions (via OnMSFT). Breakout sessions are relatively new within Teams. They let you split off from a main meeting into multiple submeetings. Soon, you’ll be able to set timers for breakout rooms, assign people to rooms in a way that will persist between sessions, and be able to move people between open rooms.
The feature appears on the Microsoft 365 roadmap, which states that the feature is in development. The roadmap currently states that the feature is set to come out this month, but that’s always subject to change.
Microsoft outlines the features in the Microsoft 365 roadmap:
Microsoft Teams: Breakout Room Timer and Room assignment retention
Organizers can now set a timer for Breakout rooms from the Breakout Room settings. After the timer has expired, rooms will automatically close, and participants will come back to the main meeting. Room assignment retention provides the ability to persist room configuration and assignment over multiple sessions. With participant reassignment capability, the organizer will now be able to move joined participants across rooms and main meeting also when rooms are opened.
Once all of these features roll out, breakout rooms will be significantly better. Having the option to set timers fits naturally in a classroom setting where an educator may want to split groups off for a set time before coming back together to discuss things.
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This post was written by Sean Endicott and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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