The Microsoft Groups replace has a helpful function that lets you look extra like your actual workplace

Microsoft Teams users can now take a conversation they had in a meeting into a more comfortable “breakout room” if they want a smaller chat. The function for breakout rooms was announced by Microsoft in July. The rollout was set for the last quarter of 2020. Breakout rooms began rolling out earlier this month, with government officials first getting the handy new feature for Microsoft teams.

This was before the general rollout to all Microsoft Teams users that happened this week.

The Breakout Rooms feature allows meeting organizers to split an online video chat into smaller groups. This is ideal if you want smaller discussions.

Up to 50 breakout rooms can be created. Meeting organizers can manually choose who to place in each group or ask teams to decide automatically.

Breakout rooms can be created during a team meeting or team channel meeting, giving organizers the flexibility to decide when these smaller discussions should take place.

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Meeting organizers can choose to allow anyone who enters a breakout room to return to the main meeting at any time and then easily return to a room.

This is useful when someone in a breakout room wants to ask a quick question that only someone in the main meeting can answer.

The meeting organizer can create, rename, and delete rooms as needed.

Once a breakout room has been created, organizers can join any of these sessions and quickly swap participants between rooms.

A Microsoft Teams meeting organizer can also send announcements to breakout rooms. This is ideal when you want to call everyone back for an additional meeting on the main meeting.

Breakout rooms can use all functions that facilitate discussions in regular Microsoft Teams meetings.

So those who visit a breakout room can discuss the topic of their choice in a virtual café in Together mode. Or, students in a breakout room can use the Microsoft Whiteboard to generate ideas.

All files from the breakout rooms can then be shared in the main meeting, once everyone is back together, and are then available in the meeting chat.

Microsoft has explained how the new breakout room function works in a blog post. In it, the tech giant said: “In larger groups, it can be difficult to make a meaningful connection.

“With breakout rooms, organizers can divide the meeting into sub-groups for discussion and brainstorming sessions.”

When the feature was announced back in July, Microsoft emphasized that this was a feature that educators were asking for and made it the perfect addition to any virtual classroom meeting that is held in teams.

At the time, Microsoft said, “We have heard and listened to a lot of requests for this. Educators hoping to divide students into smaller groups and discussions for collaborative learning may begin using virtual breakout rooms early in the last quarter of 2020 .

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“Educators can either randomly or manually assign the number of breakout rooms they want, move students from one room to another, send announcements to each breakout group, and bring students back to the main class at once when they’re ready.

“Breakout rooms will be available in non-channel meetings such as scheduled meetings or meet-now.”

In an FAQ section, Microsoft also stated the criteria required to use the breakout room feature.

Breakout rooms can initially only be created by a meeting organizer.

These rooms must be started in the Microsoft Teams desktop client. However, attendees can join a breakout room via desktop, web, or mobile.

If you want to use this feature, make sure that the new meeting experience is activated (Teams -> Settings -> General -> Activate “Activate new meeting experience”).

Also, make sure you have the latest team updates installed on your computer.

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