Microsoft Teams allows people in meetings to communicate by video, voice, and text. Although versatile, meetings right now make it difficult to communicate through all of these media at once. A new feature for Microsoft Teams will let you see what people are typing in a meeting chat without having to open the meeting chat window.
An upcoming Teams update will bring support for chat bubbles. These chat bubbles will appear on everyone’s screen during a meeting, making it easier to see what people are typing during a meeting. Right now, you have to manually open the chat window within a meeting to see what people are typing. This can clutter up your screen and also means that you have to manually switch between the chat window and other items, such as the participant list.
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“Discussions sent during a Teams meeting will appear on the screens of all meeting participants, making the discussion more central to the conversation,” reads the feature’s description in the Microsoft 365 roadmap. The feature is currently expected to arrive in May 2021, although the dates for the Microsoft 365 roadmap are still subject to change.
Microsoft first announced chat bubbles were on the way in July 2020.
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