Now in Public preview & Targeted release: Breakout rooms participant shuffle


Breakout rooms participant shuffle delivers a new capability to randomly assign participants to rooms also after rooms are created. Participants can be randomly reassigned both prior to the meeting or during the live meeting.

Shuffling can be applied to all participants or only to unassigned participants, re-distributing them evenly to existing rooms.


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Flighting status

Available to everyone in Public Preview channel.



How to enable

Meeting organizers, co-organizers or Breakout room managers are now able to utilize new capabilities when assigning participants to Breakout rooms, both prior to meeting and in meeting:

  • Shuffle of all participants
  • Shuffle of unassigned participants

The new Shuffle button can be accessed from Assign participants to breakout rooms window which appears after clicking on the Assign participants button from Breakout rooms tab in a meeting invitation before the meeting. Feature can be also accessed from Assign Participants button in Breakout Rooms panel, available by clicking the Rooms button in the meeting toolbar during the meeting. You can find more details about Breakout rooms in Use breakout rooms in Teams meetings.


Note 1: If you need information about enabling the public preview itself, see “Enable the public preview for Teams” below.

Note 2: To be able to use this feature, user needs to be in Public Preview. Other meeting participants are not required to be in Public Preview.


Supported clients and platforms






Google Chrome



Microsoft Edge











Known issues



Known limitations



Enable your Teams client for the public preview 


  1. First, IT admins need to set an update policy that turns on Show preview features. Learn how at Public preview in Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Docs.  
  2. Users then choose to join the public preview individually. Learn how at Get early access to new Teams features - Office Support ( 


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Thank you,

Preview Team

Quality & Customer Obsession, Microsoft Teams

4 Replies

@Jan_Steberl The "meet now" button has been removed from the General channel of teams.





Public preview:



The new button (with a plus) is only for scheduling.


Is this a bug or intentional? If intentional, why and how do you do "meet now"?

@bughit, thank you for this question. I have pinged the team responsible for channels to check it.



This is now being rolled out to the release channel (targeted), still without "meet now".


Is there any way to block this targeted release for a given user or the whole tennant?

What did the team responsible say about the missing "meet now" functionality?

@bughit "Meet now" issue is fixed, and update will reach to Targeted release users soon. Thanks for your understanding!