The number of participants in Microsoft Teams has always been a major restriction for its users. Microsoft Teams users have been highlighting the problem on various platforms including UserVoice. According to a user who reported the issue on the forum, the video conferencing application only shows the video of the last four people who have participated in the chat.
If you are one of those who requested Microsoft to increase the limit, we good news for you. Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Teams’ service has finally increased the number of participants you can view simultaneously in a meeting. With this change, more than 9 people can be viewed simultaneously on the Microsoft Teams meeting stage.
— Microsoft Teams (@MicrosoftTeams) April 13, 2020
Feature Rolling Out Later This Month
It is worth noting that the idea was first submitted on the UserVoice forum back in 2016, where it became a popular request with more than 39,000 votes. Over the past four years, the change was still in development. However, probably the increase in the number of users during the coronavirus pandemic probably forced the company to speed up its implementation process.
Alex from the Microsoft engineering team announced that the increased limit would be rolled out later this month. In addition, the Redmond giant plans to further increase the limit very soon.
“We will start rolling out our first update to view nine participants simultaneously by the end of April. In parallel we are continuing work to increase this limit even further. Stay tuned!”
Although it seems to be a major development, still, its nothing as compared to Zoom which currently allows you to see up to 49 participants on a single screen. It remains to be seen if Microsoft accelerates the work to further extend the limit to help large organizations and teachers during the ongoing crises.
Apparently, Microsoft is working really hard to position Microsoft Teams as a secure tool for remote workers. Interestingly, with features like custom background support and the ability to raise hands, Microsoft has already grabbed a major market share from Zoom.