New Microsoft Teams Feature: Video to display 9 people on screen with others coming soon | Instant News

With the use of video the Team is exploding all over the world because of this COVID-19 coronavirus locking, Microsoft has decided to speed up the launch of some features that are urgently needed to help remote workers and schools make better video calls.

Microsoft has responded to calls from users of the Microsoft Team who want to see more than four participants on the screen, and now has promised to support up to nine people simultaneously.

Support for nine people in the Microsoft Team video call will be launched at the end of April, a Microsoft Teams engineer said on his Voice User site. More than 40,000 people have increased the demand for more screens. Microsoft seems to have accelerated the development of the ability to put more participants on the screen, which is scheduled for May.

The engineering group Team also works to increase the limits further. However, Microsoft hasn’t said how many users on the screen it will support or when it will increase support beyond nine users.

Bringing up to nine faces simultaneously moved the Microsoft Team a little closer to Zoom video conferencing competitors, whichever allows 49 users on the screen at once. Cisco WebEx, which is also popular in the company, allows users to see up to 25 participants. Hangouts in G Suite supports up to 25 people via video calls.

Microsoft also plans to launch Multi-window chat support at the end of the month too.

Microsoft last week revealed that the Team’s total video calls had grown by more than 1,000% during March, when workers and schools began working under the coronavirus.

Microsoft’s analysis of video usage trends in the Team found that Norway and the Netherlands activated the most videos, with 60% of calls in these countries including videos. People in the US use video in 38% of Team calls.

The company boasted that the Team had reached a new daily record in favor of 2.7 billion minutes, up from 900 million minutes on March 16.

Microsoft has announced a new feature in Teams that allows users in large organizations to reach the right contacts using tags.

“With targeted communication using tags in the Microsoft Team, you can now organize users on your team based on attributes such as roles, skills or expertise. After the tag is applied, you can quickly and easily reach the right people,” Annie Colonna explained, a Microsoft Teams software engineer.

After creating a tag, users can use it to reach people by chat or in Channel posts.

Microsoft thinks it can be used to create, for example, customer support tags to ensure the right people are notified when users raise a problem in a Channel shipment. It can also be used to mark certain departments in a company to target notifications to them.

There are currently a limit of 100 tags per Team and 100 members per tag, while each user can be assigned up to 25 tags. Microsoft is working on a new tag feature to automatically apply tags to users based on when they work.

After the Microsoft Teams tag has been created, it can be used to reach people by chat or in Channel submissions.

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