Microsoft first announced the chat bubbles feature in Microsoft Teams in July 2020 with the other features like Together mode, Dynamic view, Live reactions, view-only meeting experience, etc.
During Microsoft Teams meetings, chat has become a lively space for conversation and idea-sharing, and offers an option for people to participate in the discussion without having to jump in verbally. But it can be challenging to pay attention to video feeds, presentations, and chats all at the same time.
Currently, Teams users need to manually open a chat window to view the chat screen. Now thanks to this new chat bubbles feature, chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation. So, with chat bubbles, meeting participants can follow the chat on the main screen of a meeting without having to open the chat window.
Enable/Disable Chat Bubbles in Microsoft Teams meetings
Chat bubbles in Microsoft Teams meetings will be enabled by default. But, the users will have an option to disable the chat bubbles during a meeting from the ellipsis in menu as shown below:
Microsoft will begin the rollout of chat bubbles feature in mid-July and it will be complete by late July.