Microsoft updates the meeting experience for Microsoft Teams Room on Windows

Microsoft has announced that it will update the Teams meeting list (visible on the Teams Rooms console) to closely align it with the current experience available on the Teams desktop app. This will provide new features such as participant grouping for educated meetings, list sorting by show of hands, built-in user search, and the ability to ask others to join meetings from an invite. or a cat.

On top of that, Microsoft will better align the position of the list on the console with that of the Teams desktop app while adding a user-friendly touch interface for participant options. Users will also benefit from a unified universal bar that will provide meeting call controls for presenters and attendees for Teams meetings, large meeting support, and live events (presenter only).

This robust Teams meeting update will also bring chat bubbles, live feedback for meeting attendees, and support for locked meetings for organizers. To help create an immersive experience for hybrid meetings, Microsoft will be making a major update to the front display experience to make it more dynamic, including dividing video participants across two room displays.

Users using Microsoft Teams rooms will experience a slightly different but familiar update to the meeting experience.

Users will be able to tap on an attendee to reveal all of the meeting controls / settings available to the attendee, based on their role.

The front-facing experience will feel more familiar to the desktop and better with local layouts and video participants spread across the two front-facing displays for rooms configured with two displays.

Users will also be able to pin or spotlight meeting participants to the stage. Users can pin up to 9 participants and highlight up to 7 participants. The pin is local to the part and the spotlight is a global action.

The update is only for Microsoft Teams rooms on Windows and the rollout will begin at the end of September and should be completed by mid-October.

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