In an official blog post updated Monday, Microsoft announced that Teams will expand its single-screen audience to 49 during the conference. The current maximum number of participants in private Teams meetings is 250, while the competitor Zoom pay plan allows for an increase to 500.
Microsoft said it will launch the 49-person view interface in previews starting this month and open it to all users this fall. Microsoft hopes the move will further boost the market share of Microsoft for Education products, which it says already serves more than 150 million students, faculty, agency leaders, and teachers are actively using Teams for distance learning.
In addition to a larger gallery view, Teams for Education provides students with a breakout lounge, attendance reports and classroom insights for teachers, and a “Raise your hands” option for students. It also sets controls that prevent students from starting class meetings unattended and limits who can speak at meetings. The education team’s meeting will also include a “hall” area where participants can verify before entering. It’s unclear whether these are desktop-only features.