iOS devices will soon receive Zoom’s “Floating thumbnail window” thanks to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft has published a list of every new feature it added in November. The same will apply to December and beyond, but before Microsoft makes the official list public, we recently learned of a new Teams feature that will be available this month on iOS devices.

Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode functionality for Teams on iOS devices is being developed by Microsoft. Users should be able to multitask while participating in a Teams meeting. According to Microsoft, you can view your meetings in a movable window on your iPad or iPhone to make place for other apps. Users of Teams on Android already have access to the capability. Zoom has a similar feature, however it’s referred to there as a “Floating thumbnail window.”

In essence, a picture-in-picture mode is a mini-window view that may be collapsed and expanded as needed. While in the PiP mode, users should be able to mute or unmute themselves and turn on or off video, even if Microsoft hasn’t provided a lot of information about the capabilities. To figure out exactly how the feature works, we will need to wait a few more days.

This month, Microsoft intends to bring PiP compatibility to iOS devices, according to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap page. However, it has no information regarding a specific release date, just as every other item listed on the roadmap page. While Teams users using iOS devices won’t mind the wait, there’s always a chance Microsoft will push the release date to January or later.

Christopher Woodill

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