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MC282180: Microsoft Teams and Forms: Word Cloud for Polls in Teams meeting

Microsoft Forms poll in Teams meeting, will soon have a new question type – word cloud. This question type can significantly improve your meeting engagement and involve everyone into the meeting. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 79497.

When users have collected responses for an open text poll in a Teams meeting, word cloud data insight will be available to help them get a quick view on the top text phrases people answered.

MC282180: Microsoft Teams and Forms: Word Cloud for Polls in Teams meeting

Affected Workloads

  • Microsoft Forms

When this will happen

We expect this rollout to begin in late September and be fully completed by early October.

How this will affect your organization

Word Cloud Poll in Teams can significantly improve your meeting engagement. This is an excellent way to reflect audience opinions/feeling within the crowd.

Previously, Forms poll in Teams meeting only had the option of a multiple-choice poll and quiz. With this release, there will be an additional question type, a word cloud poll. This will allow presenters to set up an open-ended question to collect attendees’ opinion.

  • For authoring page (Poll owner experience)
    • The poll owner will be able to set up a word cloud poll question on the authoring page.
  • Sharing results:
    • In order to improve meeting engagement, the default setting will be set to “share word cloud with respondents”.
    • If a presenter doesn’t want to share results with attendees they can change the setting and unselect the “share word cloud with respondents” setting.
  • For answer bubble (Attendee experience)
    • Attendees will be able to view the word cloud view on the answer page. There will be two ways for attendees to interact with the word cloud poll:
      • Directly typing a word to be added to the word cloud
      • Ability to “Thumbs Up” a specific word in the word cloud view.

NOTE: Similar to the current settings for a multiple choice poll, responses are anonymous so other users will not know who submitted which word to the word cloud.

Word Cloud Attendee View

Word Cloud Attendee View

What you need to do to prepare

You may want to update your documentation to let admins and users know about this new capability.

Message ID: MC282180
Published: 31 August 2021
Updated: 31 August 2021

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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