What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams will soon have a view that shows up to 98 video feeds within a meeting.
- The feature will have two grids of 49 video feeds that you can quickly toggle between.
- 98-person view is available in the public preview channel of Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft continues to expand how many people you can view on your screen at once in Teams meetings. Once limited to a mear handful of video feeds at once, Teams now supports a 7x7 grid to show 49 people at once. Soon, the communication app will have a 98-person view, though it will work a bit differently. The feature is already available in the public preview channel.
Instead of creating a bigger grid to show more people at once, Teams will have two 7x7 grids that you can quickly toggle between with navigation arrows. This might be a more feasible option, as most monitors aren't large enough to have 98 people be identifiable at once.
As more people work and study from home, larger meetings become increasingly normal. While 49-person view covers a lot of meetings, being able to show more people is never a bad option.
With the addition of navigation arrows that allow you to toggle between different groups of people, Microsoft could easily expand the view further. There's no reason that the company couldn't allow an option to navigate to a third page or further to view videos of hundreds of people.
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How do you turn off gallery if you are on smaller screen
Suddenly giant video walls make sense. <-- Not sarcasm. I'm serious!
Why not just have everyone's window use only 4 pixels and sell TEAMS loupes?
Teams is another one that wants your phone number before you can use it, what is it with services needing phone numbers these days?
They need to add an email/outlook tab to teams so I don’t have to switch between two different apps. Everything else is right there, why not email too? Seems obvious now that I am using teams regularly. Having to open the old Outlook feels bad, they feel so foreign to each other.
Adding a tab to open Outlook won't make it look any different. Lot of speculation about adding a native TEAMSish interface to access mail.
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