Microsoft Teams will be enabling users to view meetings and calls in separate windows along with the other recently announced features.


When the Microsoft Teams update is rolled out in June 2020, users will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. 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.

This will roll-out OFF by default and users will have the ability to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.

Note: In the future Microsoft will enable this functionality by default. Meeting notes will launch to the main Teams client.

New meeting experience opens on separate window:

New meeting/calls control location on top bar:

Steps for users to turn on the new experience when they become available:

Step 1: Click on Avatar on top right of Teams and click Settings.

Step 2: Check the Turn on new calling an meetings experiences check box and then restart the Teams client.

Provisional rollout timeline:

  • 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.

Upcoming features:

  • Support for full screen content viewing will be coming in the future
  • Support for Invision Freehand Whiteboard will be coming in the future
What you can do to prepare

Educate your users on how you can enable the new meeting and calling experience. Additionally, consider updating any relevant training or documentation.

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