Teams Breakout Rooms: Current and Planned Features

Marquette University has access to the Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms public preview. Find out what's available now and what's planned for release. Last updated on Sept. 16, 2020.

Meeting Organizers: Current Features for Breakout Rooms

  • Must use the Microsoft Teams desktop client
  • Schedule private meetings (including recurring) and create private meet-now meetings
  • Set up breakout rooms during an active meeting
  • Create channel meetings and channel meet-now meetings
  • Create up to 50 breakout rooms in a single meeting
  • Add, remove and delete breakout rooms
  • Rename breakout rooms
  • Reassign room participants
  • Change room settings, including automatically move people to room
  • Make announcements
  • Hop between rooms
  • Access chats, files and recordings

Meeting Organizers: Planned Features for Breakout Rooms 

  • Assign the upcoming role of Meeting Presenter
  • Set up breakout rooms before a meeting
  • Reuse breakout room assignments
  • Set a timer

Meeting Participants: Current Features for Breakout Rooms

  • Join from web, desktop, mobile (iOS and Android)
  • Support for all in-meeting features
  • Access chats, files and recordings
  • Current limitations:
    • Landline phone callers, desk phones or Teams devices can't join breakout rooms
    • Participants can't add others to meeting chat, copy meeting details, nudge others to the
      meeting or use "call me back"
    • Multi-device join is not supported

Meeting Participants: Planned Features for Breakout Rooms

  • Hop between the main meeting and assigned room without the meeting organizer
  • Guest users can join breakout rooms


Please contact the IT Services Help Desk for questions about Microsoft Teams.