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Make Your Teams meetings More Collaborative
Joel Rollins

Make Your Teams meetings More Collaborative

Apps in meetings offer a more effective way to facilitate collaboration, enhance team productivity, and drive results during the flow of a Teams meeting. We can use them while we talk with one another, to help us stay on track with an agenda, to log action items in our plans, and more.

But until now, we could only interact with an app through the side-panel or through in-meeting notifications. Now, Microsoft is introducing share-to-stage.  With this new capability, you’ll be able to add an app to a meeting and then share it onto the meeting stage where everyone can then see and interact with the app content – allowing for real-time collaboration.
The following apps can help you reimagine how you brainstorm and collaborate in Teams:
MURAL - More than an online whiteboard, MURAL transforms teamwork by making meetings and workshops interactive experiences designed for problem solving, play, and imagination. With the upcoming MURAL experience in Teams meetings, you can do a quick brainstorm, affinity map, diagram, or retrospective session by integrating a visual thinking canvas into all your existing workflows. Collaborate in a mural in real time during a live video meeting using the 'share’ icon to share-to-stage.

Miro - Miro is the online whiteboard platform that delivers a space for all the unstructured thinking, co-creation, and visual collaboration that is needed to help innovative ideas come to life. With the upcoming Miro experience in Teams meetings, you can share-to-stage your Miro board and collaborate live with your teammates using facilitation tools like sticky notes, arrows, voting, timers and more to co-create with ease in real-time, without having to context switch. Attach Miro boards and share with participants even before the meeting begins, with the Miro for Teams calendar integration.

Lucidspark - Brainstorm and collaborate in real time with the upcoming Lucidspark experience for Teams meetings.  Share a Lucidspark board in a meeting and have your team jump into it together. Everyone can contribute their ideas onto an infinite canvas using sticky notes and freehand drawing. You can even split into smaller groups for more focused brainstorming with Breakout Boards. Beyond the initial brainstorm, Lucidspark helps teams align around the strongest ideas and start taking action—all within Teams. Use Gather and Sort to organize your notes by certain criteria and start a voting session to select the best way forward.

Freehand - Freehand makes it easy for everyone to have a voice on its approachable but powerful online whiteboard. Bring to life team collaboration experiences, whether in-office or remote, such as planning, brainstorming, mind mapping, and more with drawings, text, timer, and sticky notes. You can pin the Freehand app to your Teams channel or in a meeting via the share tray.