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Microsoft Teams now prioritizes video participants within meetings

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams has a new experience that prioritizes video participants within meetings.
  • The view will fill a grid of participants with people who have video.
  • Previously, Teams would show a mixture of audio and video participants.

Microsoft Teams will now make sure that you can see people with video more frequently within meetings. A new video-only meeting stage is available within Teams that prioritizes video-only participants. The feature has already been rolled out and should be available now.

Before this update, when you had a meeting with audio and video participants, Teams would show a mixture of participants within the grid. People without video would be shown as either a profile picture or their initials. People without actual video feeds took up quite a bit of room on the screen, so having a way to prioritize video participants makes sense.

If you have a meeting with more than nine participants, the ones with video are prioritized and shown within the grid, and those without video are grouped together below the video feeds.

The feature was spotted by Phil Worrell, an IT professional who shared a screenshot about it on Twitter (via OnMSFT).

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The phrasing from the Microsoft 365 Admin Center says that "participants with audio are clubbed and shown below the videos." In this case, "clubbed" refers to grouping them together.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • Noticed this today in a meeting with only 5 people. One person dialed in and they were always minimized to the bottom on the screen. That's a good update.