Microsoft just removed support for this popular Teams feature
Breakout Rooms are no longer an option in private channels on Microsoft Teams.
What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams no longer supports Breakout Rooms in private channels.
- Breakout Rooms first launched in Microsoft Teams in December 2020.
- It's unclear why Microsoft has removed the functionality.
Microsoft has cut support for Breakout Rooms in private channels in Microsoft Teams. Breakout Rooms first rolled out in December 2020, and have been a popular feature since their launch.
A user in a Tech Community thread (opens in new tab) explains that their organization used Breakout Rooms in private channels for months, but no longer sees the option (via OnMSFT).
A different user shared clarification from Microsoft Premier support on the topic. Microsoft's phrasing on the feature being removed is a bit confusing:
- Teams Breakout room is not supported for Private Channels by the design of the feature.
- This feature was removed due to technical limitations which private channels functionality not allowing breakout rooms to be created, so the product team had to disable the option.
- As of this moment, there is no estimate as to when and if the feature will be reintroduced.
Microsoft's phrasing suggests that there are technical limitations preventing private channels from being able to use Breakout Rooms. There's a chance that there has been a change, as the feature previously worked for some people.
There seems to be some debate regarding if Breakout Rooms were ever supported in private channels in Teams.
KrisVB states in the same Tech Community thread,
If the feature was never supported, Microsoft stating that it "was removed" wouldn't make sense. Additionally, several people claim to have used the feature previously.
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