What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams will soon have an option for a Dynamic View within meetings.
- The view will automatically optimize content and participants within the view of meetings.
- The feature should roll out in March, though that date could change at any time.
Microsoft Teams will soon gain an option for a Dynamic View within meetings. The feature will allow people to share content alongside participants, which will come in handy while presenting PowerPoint presentations or other similar content. The feature is currently set to come out in March, but that's just a planned date for release and could change at any time (via The Verge).
You can already present video and other dynamic content on Microsoft Teams while having a webcam on, but the video stream of other participants is small. It appears that Dynamic View will automatically optimize to different presenting situations and have options for customizing the view. The new view allows people to pin presenters alongside content such as PowerPoint presentations and videos.
Microsoft details the upcoming feature in its Microsoft 365 road map (opens in new tab):
Dynamic View will also highlight active speakers and people who use the Teams hand raise feature.
As is the case with all features outlined in the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the rollout dates are subject to change.
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I just want the ability to move the participants to the top of the screen near the cam while presenting so everybody isn't gazing down. Zoom already does this. Pet peeve that is impossible to maintain eye contact. Such a simple fix.
Yes, that would be great. I completely agree that putting them at the bottom is a bad location for exactly that reason -- if you look at them when you're talking to them, it appears you're actually looking away from them. Those should be re-positionable, because some Dell Laptops do have the camera below the screen, so for those Dell users, the thumbnails are in a good spot. For the rest of us, they're poorly positioned.
Could they make a native version? Electron is too slow and bloated. Causes end user laptops to overheat.
This may occur when dotnet 6 is released.
Be that as it may, it still outperforms Zoom by a mile in the important task of video chatting. I have a few very high-end machines that I use both Zoom and Teams on (core i7s, 32+ GB RAM, discrete graphics, etc.) and Zoom still bogs the whole system down in a way Teams doesn't. Things like using MATLAB become impossible as it takes minutes to load files that otherwise take just a few seconds. Not sure why it does that, but it's not just one case. It is true, though, that simple navigation in Teams is a little slow. However, once the video chatting gets going, especially screen-sharing, it blows away Zoom.
I've heard a lot of complaints about Electron here, but I've never encountered any issues with Teams. Teams and Outlook are my two main applications that I pretty much live in during the day. Teams runs great for me and my colleagues, albeit a little high on RAM usage if you're only using Chat, but no extra heat or CPU usage. I have also added it as an app through the Edge browser to have multiple windows of it open at the same time, but that lacks some key functions of the full program. Just checked right now, Teams is using 310MB (not great, but not terrible either) and 0.8% CPU, and this check happens to be on an old laptop with a 6th gen Core i5. Even the RAM usage is not bad when you consider all the other things Teams can do besides replace Skype and Slack.
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