Microsoft is again adding to the video features of its flagship unified communications and collaboration platform Teams with dynamic view designed to give users more control over how they see shared content and other meeting participants.
According to a Microsoft 365 roadmap, dynamic view in Teams is currently in development and is scheduled to be released worldwide in March.
“Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings,” the posting says. “New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side.”
Microsoft first previewed the feature in a July announcement, calling dynamic view a way to personalize how users view content and video participants to suit their preferences.
For example, the feature will allow users to show shared content and specific participants side by side, so you don’t lose the face-to-face interaction while content is being displayed. Currently, video feeds of other participants during content sharing are very small.
This builds on current Microsoft Teams features including large gallery view that allows users to see up to 49 meeting participants, and virtual breakout rooms that allow organizers to split meetings into smaller groups.
Breakout Rooms became generally available in Teams last month.
Like several other videoconferencing and collaboration platforms, Teams has enjoyed steady and rapid growth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rush to remote work.
In a conference call with investors in October, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said there are now more than 115 million daily active users on the platform, representing a 50% increase from what the company reported last April.
The company is also working on new integrations between Teams and Outlook that aim to streamline communication and workflows for Microsoft 365 users.