has announced that it is expanding the number of visible participants during a Teams meeting to 49. The company will roll out the 49-person view as a preview this month and it will be available for all the users by this fall.
allows a maximum number of 250 participants in a private Teams meeting.
The tech giant also adds that it is one of the several features that it is adding in Teams. The company claims that its goal is to support its Microsoft for Education products. Microsoft also said that its Education products are being used by more than 150 million students, faculty, institutional leaders, and teachers.
Along with a larger gallery view, Microsoft will also be adding breakout rooms in Teams for Education. The breakout rooms feature will enable students to collaborate in smaller groups. n Teams for Education, students can raise their hands during class meetings. Educators can also see attendance reports and view Class Insights, an intelligent data analytics breakdown showing how students engage with the class, including assignments, turned in, activity metrics, and grades, with new trends, view coming in time for fall.
Microsoft will also be adding new meeting options in Teams that prevent students from starting meetings unattended, let educators determine who can present in a meeting, and give educators the ability to create a Meeting Lobby to ensure only assigned students can join a meeting.
“For educators, traditional lesson plans do not always translate digitally—and in many cases, teachers are finding they can’t recreate the school day with just live sessions. According to our community of educators, over half said “keeping students engaged digitally” and “student participation” are the top challenges they faced during remote learning”, Microsoft said in a blog post.