Now in public preview: New Breakout rooms assignment experience

24 june 2021 – Kaushal Mehta (LYNC)Microsoft

We are releasing an enhanced user experience for manual participant assignment in Breakout rooms.

Participant assignment is now moved from the Breakout rooms’ right panel to a separate window that pops up when selecting Assign participants. The enhanced interface allows you to sort by participants or rooms. You can also select multiple participants and assign them to rooms by using the check boxes next to the participants’ names. This helps you quickly find your participant or room and speeds up the assignment process.

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Flighting status

Available to everyone in Public Preview channel now

How to enable

Organizers who are configuring and managing Breakout rooms on a Teams desktop client can perform participant (re)assignment tasks via this new UI by clicking on Assign participants button in Breakout rooms pane.

The organizer has the ability to assign participants when rooms are closed and/or re-assign them while rooms are open via this new modal window.

By clicking on buttons below Assign participants, organizer can open and close rooms, send announcement to all rooms, recreate rooms, delete rooms and set rooms settings, including timer.

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

Microsoft 365 workloads and dependencies

Product, workload, or areaDependency (Yes/No)If yes, version requirements and other dependencies
Sharepoint, filesNo
Skype for BusinessNo
Outlook add-inNo
Azure ADNo

Supported clients and platforms

Windows 10macOSiOSAndroidLinuxChromeFirefoxSafariEdgeInternet Explorer

Known issues
Meeting organizers managing Breakout rooms may see UI flickering issue in Breakout room pane which was discovered in on specific screen sizes. Fix is coming soon.

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. See Get early access to new Teams features – Office Support ( for instructions.

Summary of public preview features

For a history of features in the Office and Teams public previews, see Release Notes Current Channel (Preview) – Office release notes | Microsoft Docs.

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