When Microsoft Corp. executives began hosting hybrid meetings during the pandemic, at-home attendees felt disconnected. “We said, ‘These don’t feel very good. What are we going to do?’ ” says meeting space guru Greg Baribault, who oversees product and strategy for Microsoft’s Teams Rooms platform. Managers brought the problem to the Hive, their Redmond, Wash., test center, where creative minds spent a year tinkering with furniture, AV equipment, and lighting to devise solutions. Here are their lessons.
In-office workers at a rectangular table speak among themselves. The camera captures the profiles of six of the eight people in the room.