Now in public preview: Breakout rooms support on VDI


Organizer support for breakout rooms for VDI users is now available in public preview. Breakout rooms allow meeting organizers to split main meetings into smaller sessions for focused discussions.




Features available for organizer:

  • Setup breakout rooms on Teams VDI client
  • Create breakout rooms in scheduled private meetings (including recurring), channel meetings and private meet now meetings
  • Meeting organizers, co-organizers and breakout rooms managers can manage rooms and hop between rooms freely
  • Via the Breakout rooms settings panel meeting organizers can appoint breakout room managers to manage of rooms during the live session
  • Setup breakout rooms during an active meeting or prior to the meeting
  • Create up to 50 breakout rooms in a single meeting
  • Add, remove, delete and rename breakout rooms
  • Reassign room participants from one room to another before as well as while the rooms are open
  • Send an announcement that will show up as a meeting chat message in each room.
  • Chats, files, and recordings: organizer will always have access to all rooms meeting artifacts
  • Organizers can set a timer for all breakout rooms created in a meeting session via the Breakout rooms settings panel.


Features available for participants:

  • Join breakout rooms from web, desktop, iOS, iPads, Android mobiles and tablets, PSTN and VDI.
  • Participants join the room as presenters, so they can present, share Whiteboard, etc. freely.
  • Participants cannot add others to meeting chat, copy meeting details, nudge others to the meeting
  • Participants cannot hop back to main meeting or between rooms on their own. They must wait for the meeting organizer to pull them back to the main meeting.
  • Chat and artifacts shared during meeting are viewable for room participants.
  • Participants remain assigned to their breakout rooms unless the meeting organizer chooses to change them. The assignment persists across subsequent sessions or recurring meetings.


Flighting status

Available to everyone in Public Preview channel.


How to enable


As an admin, ensure users can schedule private meetings with the following settings:

  • Allow scheduling private meeting = on
  • Allow Meet now in private meeting = on
  • Allow channel meeting scheduling = on
  • Allow meet now in channels = on


Meeting organizers and participants

  1. Breakout rooms option will be available within your meetings for VDI client (Min Desktop version
  2. Make sure all participants, including the meeting organizer are using the latest version of Teams.
  3. As a meeting organizer or co-organizer, join a channel / private scheduled meeting, or channel / private meet now meeting. Once you are in the meeting you should see the breakout room option next to the View control.

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








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 ( 



Send us your feedback 

Got feedback on features in the public preview or other areas of Teams? Let us know straight from Teams via Help Give feedback This is on the bottom left of your client.





Thank you,

Preview Team

Quality & Customer Obsession, Microsoft Teams


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