Η Microsoft earlier this month it announced that Teams would allow 49 participants to appear on the screen. video meeting sometime in the future. Now confirm that one preview The video meeting will be available this month, and is expected to be available by the fall. The feature could not come earlier for some users, including teachers who were required to use Teams or Zoom to carry out will teaching during his pandemic COVID-19. During the outbreak of the pandemic in the US and Europe, Microsoft Teams allowed only four participants in a video meeting to appear on the screen at the same time. In May, it increased the number to nine participants, a limit that, according to a Teams engineer, was not good enough. However, as reported by ZDNet, teachers complained that the number of nine participants did not meet the existing needs, as classes usually have 30 students, whom teachers should observe.
Some teachers resorted to "clumsy" solutions to cope with the new conditions, while others used Zoom for a fee, even though they were customers. Office 365. Teams is combined with Office 365 for Microsoft's corporate and educational clients. This week, an anonymous user asked the Teams user forum to increase the number to nine participants, stressing that this limit does not facilitate online teaching and also asked for information on when this will be available. ability. Another user named Barry commented on the same forum that he wants to see all the participants in a video meeting, as happens in Zoom, noting that in Zoom one has to pay extra to have access to some extent.
This numerical limit is a significant difference between Microsoft Teams and Zoom, which already allows 49 screen participants to appear simultaneously. Due to this feature and general ease of use, Zoom has seen a daily increase in its users during the pandemic. In particular, from 10 million users before the health crisis, in March it reached 200 million users. Earlier this month, Microsoft began allowing these Teams users to create a video meeting, in addition to participating in them, which were created from Teams' paid accounts. And last week it activated custom Teams backgrounds. THE Barbara HolzapfelMicrosoft's Director-General of Education said it was important for teachers to be able to see all of their students online at the same time, as students were more likely to be involved and socially and emotionally connected.
That's why, by previewing the new feature this month and its general availability in the fall, the company will support up to 49 participants simultaneously on the screen. In the fall, teachers will be able to create virtual Breakout rooms so that students can meet and collaborate in small groups. Also in the fall, a new trend is emerging to enhance Teams for Education's analytical capabilities, such as classroom participation reports and classroom insights to show student engagement. Microsoft will also add a new feature to Teams, which will prevent students from starting a meeting without a teacher present. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Microsoft has been working to develop new features to keep Office 365 users in Teams, enhancing Teams' group chat from 100 to 250 participants and introducing its integration. Skype for consumers and for Teams. Microsoft has also improved transmission capabilities, using Skype technology and making it easier to install custom Power Apps-based businesses. apps at Teams.