An online meeting typically includes some number of participants or users. Techniques are presented herein that significantly enhance the user experience of users who join an online meeting from the same physical location and sit next to each other. Aspects of the presented techniques take the best advantage of neighboring screens in an extended screen manner, which can significantly improve user experience. For example, all of the duplicated local and remote video grids may be removed and all of the remote video grids may be shown in as large a fashion as possible. Broadly, aspects of the techniques presented herein include three steps – a local group initiator finding their neighbors, selecting some of the found neighbors for grouping, and setting the layout for the selected neighbors.
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Xi, Yasi; Pandya, Bhargav; Pan, Grant; and Jin, King, "EXTENDED SCREENS FOR AN ONLINE MEETING BY GROUPING NEIGHBORS", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 30, 2021)