How to Create a Microsoft Teams Breakout Room

By | December 4, 2021
How to Create a Microsoft Teams Breakout Room

Microsoft Teams is one of the best online meeting services out there. It allows users to schedule meetings beforehand and once the meeting is active or has started, anyone can join or leave. Meetings do not end based on the number of participants.

Also read: How to Schedule a Meeting in Microsoft Teams

Online meetings are usually held for a specific purpose, but online meetings open up more possibilities i.e., everyone is online and in the same meeting room but anyone can move to a different meeting or return to the meeting.

Microsoft Teams has a feature called breakout rooms. This room is basically a virtual room created for online meetings. This allows participants to move to another room seamlessly. A new meeting does not have to be created. Instead, users can switch between these virtual spaces while on the same call.

Breakout rooms are a way to separate meeting participants into mini-meetings, either randomly or by organizing them yourself. This is especially useful in online classes, corporate events, board meetings for committee disbandment, and organizational retreats with brainstorming releases.

How to Enable Experimental Microsoft Teams Features

In order to create a breakout room in Microsoft Teams and use it, you must enable a feature called experimental. Similarly, other participants must activate the experimental feature so that they can use it to move to a room.

1. Open Microsoft Teams.

2. Click profile icon Bro in the top right.

3. Select Settings from the menu that appears.

4. Enable option Turn on new meeting experience.

5. Restart Microsoft Teams app.

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How to Create a Microsoft Teams Breakout Room

Microsoft Teams breakout rooms are available to all users, both for the free and paid versions of the app. Currently, the feature is available on desktop and in beta. To create and use a breakout room in Microsoft Teams, follow the steps below:

1. Activate the feature experimental Microsoft Teams (see tutorial above for steps).

2. Start the meeting.

3. Click the icon breakout room (see image below).

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4. Select how many rooms what you want to do.

5. Select how participants will be assigned to a room.

6. Click Create.

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7. Room(s) will be listed in the panel on the right.

8. You can move participants to a room if you have called the meeting participants.

9. To close the room, click the button Close next to it.

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Breakout rooms are great when a larger meeting needs to be divided into smaller ones, but participants may need to return or move between discussions. Instead of repeatedly ending and joining meetings, switching between rooms is seamless.

One of the functionalities of online meetings is that it allows users to create meetings that anyone can join while the meeting is in progress. Meetings are not tied to a person who is always present or to one specific user.

That’s how to create a breakout room in Microsoft Teams. Hopefully this article is useful for you. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.

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