This weekend Microsoft announced they will be launching a new meeting experience in June. This will allow users to view calls and meetings in separate windows, rather than managing them within the main Teams window. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content.

This new experience will also include recently announced features such as 3×3 video, raise hands, and custom backgrounds.

Importantly, Microsoft advise that this will roll-out as OFF by default and users will need to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.

In the future this functionality will be enabled by default but by making this opt-in to begin with, Microsoft are providing users with extra time to become familiar with having meetings open in a separate window on their own terms.

The expected timeline for this is as follows:

  • June – New experiences are available and users can enable through settings.
  • July – Experiences are enabled by default and users can disable through settings.
  • August – Experiences are enabled by default and user controls are no longer available.

As always, we will keep you posted on any changes.