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New Microsoft Teams feature will make it easier to watch yourself

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams will soon support the ability to pin your own video feed within a meeting.
  • Pinning a video makes the feed larger and keeps it above the video of other participants.
  • Teams currently supports pinning the video of other participants, but not your own feed.

An upcoming feature for Microsoft Teams will let you pin your own video within a meeting. This should make it easier to ensure that you appear as intended to your colleagues. At the moment, Teams allows you to pin other people's video feeds, but not your own.

The feature appears on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab) and is currently scheduled to reach general availability in December 2021. Dates on the roadmap are subject to change, as they are planned release dates, not firm deadlines.

The description on the roadmap states:

Currently, users can pin video feeds to increase the size of the desired video on their own screen. Now, we have expanded the ability for users to pin their own video on the stage as well. This way, users can also see their own video in the increased size on their screen.

Pinning a video within a meeting keeps that feed above those of all other participants. It also increases the size of whichever video is pinned. This option proves useful during presentations when people need to focus on a specific caller. Soon, people will see the same benefits when pinning their own video.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • As long as it's optional and easy to disable. In my experience, watching yourself while speaking to others is distracting and unnatural
  • Maybe, but very useful to make sure you are in shot, not that I use video for online chat much, people i chat to know what I look like, so voice only is fine. Never used video or chat in teams, in fact I only look at work teams once in a blue moon to see what is put in the groups once in a blue moon. i doubt it will ever be used by anyone for voice/video at work, very few uses Teams anyway.
    Our boos posted something and wanted people to like it, so he knew how many people read it and from what department, out of 300 people, only 23 have clicked on the like bnutton,