Advanced Talk features

Collaboration platform Talk has a number of advanced features users might find useful.


Matterbridge integration in Collaboration platform Talk makes it possible to create ‘bridges’ between Talk conversations and conversations on other chat services like MS Teams, Discord, Matrix and others. You can find a list of supported protocols on the Matterbridge github page.

A moderator can add a Matterbridge connection in the chat conversation settings.

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Each of the bridges has its own need in terms of configuration. Information for most is available on the Matterbridge wiki and can be accessed behind more information menu in the ... menu. You can also access the wiki directly.


The lobby feature allows you to show guests a waiting screen until the call starts. This is ideal for webinars with external participants, for example.

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You can choose to let the participants join the call at a specific time, or when you dismiss the lobby manually.


Collaboration platform allows users to execute actions using commands. A command typically looks like:

/wiki airplanes

Administrators can configure, enable and disable commands. Users can use the help command to find out what commands are available.


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Find more information in the administrative documentation for Talk.

Talk from Files

In the Files app, you can chat about files in the sidebar, and even have a call while editing it. You first have to join the chat.

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sidebar chat - Swiss Tech

You can then chat or have a call with other participants, even when you start editing the file.

sidebar chat - Swiss Tech

You can then chat or have a call with other participants, even when you start editing the file.

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In Talk, a conversation will be created for the file. You can chat from there, or go back to the file using the ... menu in the top-right.

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Create tasks from chat or share tasks in chat

If Deck is installed, you can use the ... menu of a chat message and turn the message into a Deck task.

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deck talk create card dialog - Swiss Tech

From within Deck, you can share tasks into chat conversations.

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Breakout rooms

Breakout rooms allow you to divide a Collaboration platform Talk call into smaller groups for more focused discussions. The moderator of the call can create multiple breakout rooms and assign participants to each room.

Configure breakout rooms

To create breakout rooms, you need to be a moderator in a group conversation. Click on the top-bar menu and click on “Setup breakout rooms”.

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A dialog will open where you can specify the number of rooms you want to create and the participants assignment method. Here you’ll be presented with 3 options:

  • Automatically assign participants: Talk will automatically assign participants to the rooms.

  • Manually assign participants: You’ll go through a participants editor where you can assign participants to rooms.

  • Allow participants choose: Participants will be able to join breakout rooms themselves.

talk breakout rooms setup dialog - Swiss Tech

Manage breakout rooms

Once the breakout rooms are created, you will be able to see them in the sidebar.

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From the sidebar header

  • Start and stop the breakout rooms: this will move all the users in the parent conversation to their respective breakout rooms.

  • Broadcast a message to all the rooms: this will send a message to all the rooms at the same time.

  • Make changes to the assigned participants: this will open the participants editor where you can change which participans are assigned to which breakout room. From this dialog it’s also possible to delete the breakout rooms.

talk breakout rooms sidebar header - Swiss Tech

From the breakout room element in the sidebar, you can also join a particular breakout room or send a message to a specific room.

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