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M365 Changelog: Microsoft Teams Rooms Companion Device Experience enhancement – Optimize video gallery for in-room participants

Rabia Noureen


MC480719 – When joining a meeting in a Microsoft Teams Rooms with a personal laptop running Microsoft Teams, the video galleries on both the Microsoft Teams Room and laptops will be optimized to display only remote attendees and will not display the room video or other in-room attendees’ videos on the room gallery or the personal laptop. (Proximity Join with Microsoft Teams Rooms is required).

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 96212

When this will happen:

This feature will begin to roll out in Teams desktop client (Windows/MacOS) in early December and complete in late December.

How this will affect your organization:

This feature will be available on all Teams desktop clients. To use the feature with Microsoft Teams Rooms, please ensure that the Bluetooth beaconing setting is enabled on all Microsoft Teams Rooms devices. Bluetooth must also be enabled on personal laptop devices that are joining a meeting in a Microsoft Teams Rooms.

When a user joins a meeting in a Microsoft Teams Room on their personal desktop device using Bluetooth proximity join, their in-room presence on the Teams gallery will not be shown on the Microsoft Teams Rooms device or other in-room personal desktop devices. In-room videos will only be shown to remote attendees and the in-room video gallery will be optimized for remote attendees only.

This in-room experience can be overridden on any in-room device including the Microsoft Teams Rooms by selecting on an in-room participant in the People panel and selecting either “Pin for me” or “Spotlight for everyone” command.

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