Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms is getting new features! + other roadmap updates

When looking at Microsoft Teams roadmap today I noticed that Breakout Rooms is getting new features! Scheduled to roll out already in this month are

  • Timer: Organizers can now set a timer for Breakout rooms from the Breakout Room settings. After timer has expired, rooms will automatically close and participants will come back to the main meeting.
  • Keep room configuration and assignments: Room assignment retention provides the ability to persist room configuration and assignment over multiple sessions.
  • Move people across rooms and main meeting when in Breakout Rooms: With participant reassignment capability, organizer will now be able to move joined participants across rooms and main meeting also when rooms are opened.

The roadmap item for “Breakout Rooms Timer and Room assignment retention” can be found here.

It will be possible to Present from PowerPoint to Teams “Present your slides directly from PowerPoint for Windows/Web into a Teams meeting via PowerPoint Live.” and you will be able to Translate slideshow content privately “Translate the slide show content privately in a Teams meeting with PowerPoint Live”. These are scheduled for April.

Microsoft Teams webinars “Custom attendee registration” is in other words “Add a custom attendee registration page to any meeting or webinar to better manage attendance before and after any engagement. Following registration, attendees receive an email confirmation with calendar invite.”. It has been moved to April. At Microsoft Ignite this was rolling out in March-April.

There are also some other changes in release schedule: Custom Layouts, Dynamic Views and Large Meeting support (1000-person meetings) have been moved from March to April.

Windows native notifications in Teams is scheduled for April. “Users can choose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via Windows 10 native notifications.”. This can be already accessed by putting on Public Preview.

Other Public Preview feature available already is setting Out of Office inside Microsoft Teams.

And these are not just all features. Including those from above I included in this blog post a snapshot of roadmap items and their current scheduled rollout month. Always check for latest updates directly from the source.

Feature ID Description Last Modified Release
66742 Microsoft Teams: Windows native notifications in Teams 18.3.2021 April CY2021
66586 Microsoft Teams: Custom attendee registration 18.3.2021 April CY2021
68771 Microsoft Teams: New Calling Experiences 18.3.2021 April CY2021
70589 2×2 video in Gallery view for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers 18.3.2021 May CY2021
70783 Microsoft Teams: Teams Multi-Geo Support 18.3.2021 May CY2021
70808 SharePoint and Microsoft Teams: Rich previews for pages and news articles 18.3.2021 June CY2021
79957 Microsoft Teams: Branded Lobby for desktop 18.3.2021 May CY2021
80599 Microsoft Teams: Present from PowerPoint to Teams 18.3.2021 April CY2021
80601 Microsoft Teams: Translate slideshow content 18.3.2021 April CY2021
80669 Microsoft Teams: Lock a meeting from additional joins 18.3.2021 May CY2021
81372 Microsoft Teams: Breakout Room Timer and Room assignment retention 18.3.2021 March CY2021
81376 Microsoft Teams: New bypass lobby option 18.3.2021 March CY2021
65943 Microsoft Teams: Dynamic view 17.3.2021 April CY2021
65951 Microsoft Teams: Large meeting support 17.3.2021 April CY2021
66054 Microsoft Teams: Call Merge 17.3.2021 April CY2021
68701 Microsoft Teams: Out of Office 17.3.2021 March CY2021
80385 Microsoft Teams: Improved Experience in the Meeting Participant Roste  17.3.2021 March CY2021
81359 Microsoft Teams: Supervised chat 17.3.2021 April CY2021
66584 Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections Desktop 16.3.2021 March CY2021
70569 Microsoft Teams : Follow or Mute Conversations in GCC 16.3.2021 May CY2021
80421 Microsoft Teams: Users can now search in meeting participants from the roster 16.3.2021 April CY2021
80425 Microsoft Teams: Spotlighting multiple Users at the same time in a meeting 16.3.2021 April CY2021
80600 Microsoft Teams: Present from PowerPoint to Teams 16.3.2021 April CY2021
81354 Microsoft Teams: Related Content for Teams Meetings (iOS and Android) 16.3.2021 April CY2021
81381 Microsoft Teams: Outgoing participant video in meetings in Safari 16.3.2021 March CY2021
66587 Microsoft Teams: Custom layouts for meetings 15.3.2021 April CY2021
70774 Microsoft Teams: Anonymous user usage reports 15.3.2021 April CY2021
70776 Microsoft Teams: Custom policy packages 15.3.2021 April CY2021
70794 Microsoft Teams: Customized Website Tab Apps in Team Templates 15.3.2021 April CY2021
79448 Microsoft Teams: Forms Polls in Teams Meetings Improvements 15.3.2021 April CY2021
80262 Microsoft Teams: Prevent PTSN attendees from unmuting in meetings 15.3.2021 June CY2021
65948 Microsoft Teams:  Chat bubbles 12.3.2021 May CY2021
68774 Microsoft Teams: Transcription for 1:1 Calls 12.3.2021 April CY2021
68777 Microsoft Teams: 1:1 PSTN Call Recording 12.3.2021 April CY2021
70560 Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experience 12.3.2021 April CY2021
70664 Microsoft Teams: Meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint for GCC-High and DoD 12.3.2021 March CY2021
70769 Microsoft Teams: App customization and branding 12.3.2021 April CY2021
70786 Microsoft Teams: Low data mode 12.3.2021 March CY2021
72168 Microsoft Teams: Manage meeting options for GCC-High 12.3.2021 April CY2021
72169 Microsoft Teams: Manage meeting options for DoD 12.3.2021 April CY2021
80261 Microsoft Teams: Improvements for managing attendee audio permissions in Teams Meetings 12.3.2021 April CY2021
80619 Forms: Poll in teams meeting support 1k meeting/webinar 12.3.2021 April CY2021
Vesa Nopanen
MVP for Office Apps & Services (Teams & Collaboration focus), Principal Consultant in Office 365 and Modern Work. Extremely passionate about Microsoft Teams's power to change how people work together. Helping and coaching customers to find benefits, solutions and value when adopting new tools, methods, ways or working and practices into daily work-life equation. I am always eager to challenge current situation and dig out new possibilities and ways to think and work. You could describe me as a jack of all trades but my main focus area and deep personal driver is Microsoft Teams since it has changed the way I work and did a giant step forward to make it possible to work from anywhere - the location does not matter even us much as it mattered before. Microsoft Teams opened the path for many organizations to rethink their practices, worklife, culture and start the change. That's why I am very passionate about Teams.

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