Microsoft is preparing a new feature for collaborative platform Teams that could introduce a greater level of interactivity into the virtual presentations.
As explained in a new addition to the company’s product roadmap, Microsoft Teams users will soon benefit from a “collaborative annotation” feature that allows video meeting participants to make annotations on the shared content.
The roadmap entry reveals few details, but explains that presenters will be able to enable collaborative annotation mode for all attendees, or just for themselves.
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Since the widespread transition to remote workCollaboration software vendors have devoted a significant amount of energy and resources to enabling effective virtual meetings and presentations, with mixed results.
A common problem faced by companies is that a strong minority tends to dominate virtual meetings. While this is also true of in-person meetings to some extent, the nature of video meetings means less assertive team members often struggle to be heard.
Over the past two years, Microsoft has rolled out a number of new Teams features designed to make meetings more interactive and reduce the likelihood of attendees walking through meetings unnoticed.
For example, Microsoft has upgraded its large gallery view, allowing up to 49 participants to appear on screen at any one time, and rolled out a new mode that puts all participants on a share. virtual background.
The company also introduced new breakout rooms, which divide large meetings into smaller group sessions, encouraging input from a wider variety of participants.
The new Collaborative Annotation feature is the latest example, giving presenters an easy way to directly engage the audience and collaborate on shared content in real time.
The update is still in development, but is expected to roll out to all Microsoft Teams users by the end of June.