When someone else starts drawing it hijacks everyone's screen and we lose control of our mouse cursor. What is the intent of drawing mode while screen share is off?
Voice and video are one way to communicate, but some ideas are best communicated via visualization / drawing. The reason the screen is darkened on both sides is that since you're not screen sharing, the drawing isn't related to the screen, but is a standalone entity on its own.
However, I hear you on the disruption issue. It may be better for Screen to display the drawing in the minipanel, and let you double click it to expand the view to see the drawing in the larger call window, instead of drawing it on top of your entire desktop. Let me know if that would fix the issue while still allowing you to communicate visually through drawing when not screen sharing.
@J Sherwani (Screen Team): I don't see how it would work for our workflow but an option to turn it off would be great. We're a fully remote video game studio and have been for 3 years and Zoom / Slack was our workflow before. We use screensharing and drawing comes into play when screensharing is enabled and everyone can see the drawing. I don't know how drawing would be used when it shows up randomly in a screen. It could be mostly the annoyance and bugs of the feature that's affecting our experience. Currently I can't escape out of drawing mode without hitting ESC and even then its bugged and either I lose my cursor or I have to manually shut down the App in Task Manager. Very unstable. We all have dual screen setups running Win10 Pro.