Teams's new Programmatic Desktop Sharing allows users to share only specific parts of their apps in presentations

The new feature will be released in May.

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Microsoft Teams Programmatic Desktop Sharing

Microsoft Teams is set to introduce a new way to share the screen when presenting in a Teams meeting. It’s called Programmatic Desktop Sharing, and according to the Microsoft 356 Roadmap, this feature allows meeting presenters to share specific parts of their app content on the meeting stage.

However, unlike the existing share-to-stage functionality, participants can only view the shared content and cannot interact with it. The shared content is automatically recorded in the meeting and the Redmond-based tech giant says developers should have no issue implementing it, due to its simplicity.

With desktop sharing (made available OOB), meeting presenters can now screen-share all their meeting apps directly onto the stage for improved collaboration. We are introducing programmatic desktop sharing, which allows developers to enable screensharing specific pieces of app content. Unlike the currently existing share to stage functionality, meeting participants cannot interact with the shared app; they have a view-only mode of the presenter’s app screen similar to screen sharing, but in one click. The shared content is also automatically captured in the meeting recording. This works great for co-consumption scenarios and requires little developer investment.


The feature will be released to Teams in May 2024 on the desktop platforms, and Microsoft says this is exceptionally useful in co-consumption scenarios. What does this mean? Programmatic Desktop Sharing will turn Microsoft Teams presentations about a specific tool, app, piece of hardware, or software to be far more focused on the product.

The Redmond-based tech giant has also announced the addition of the Queues app in Microsoft Teams, and although this is a Premium feature, it will greatly change the experience of handling customer care support calls.

You won’t have to be a Premium Microsoft Teams user to benefit from the Programmatic Desktop Sharing, but it is a feature intended for more corporate environments, so if you’re using Teams for personal situations, chances are this feature won’t be much of help.

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