Show more than 4 active people in video calls
Teams is limited to showing 4 video streams at a time, it would be better if we had some control over that. We do a morning standup every morning with 8 remotes, it would be great if we could see them at all times.
Work is in progress to support more than four active people in video calls. We will keep you posted.
Daniel S. Gurrola II commented
Not specific to the 4 (or 5) video streams, but in regards to JohnNeu's excellent comment on March 1, 2019
"Guests (people not in your Office 365 organization) cannot remote control."
Guests can be granted remote control, but you must enable the option: Go to https://admin.teams.microsoft.com > Meetings > Meeting policies > Global (Org-wide default) > Allow an external participant to give or request control
This option is Off by default, but you can enable it here or you can create a new policy with the option enabled.
Yes. If Skype can, why not Teams.
Yes, this should be a no-brainer and make Teams competitive with Zoom. Thanks!
Lucas Grubba commented
Yes! We want it!
Surprised that the limit is four. Also surprised that Microsoft hasn't come up with a way to delete conversations in chat.
AGREE! Please also allow to choose a view where the active speaker is large on the screen instead of split into 1/4. Please MIMIC zoom!
Mark Ruma commented
Make it work just just like Zoom - in fact just go ahead and buy Zoom :)
Pink Payton commented
Agreed that this is needed to compete with other products in this space
This is a must if Microsoft want Teams to be a serious alternative to Hangouts
We would like to simulatenously be able to see all 8 video callers at the one time in our virtual meetings. Tips please.
We use teams for our daily scrum meeting with 8 - 10 attendees. It will helpful to see all faces on the thumbnail bar so we can tell if someone is nodding or ready to join a conversation. Please allow a configurable number of video/thumbnails in the team meeting!!
This is annoying if you have more than 4 worldwide locations
if it is not possible, we would liked to have the option which show the video of the person who is talking, or is that possible?
Niels Tromp commented
Just became heavy user of Teams. However, this limitation forces me to search for 3rd party video call provider.
I'm posting this merely as an FYI to help new adopters of Teams as a "conferencing" solution.
After heavy testing with 7 devices on my desk on in a Teams "share/conference" :
The host/presenter could see 5 webcam video streams simulatenously, 4 of the cams being in one window, plus 1 more window displaying the most recent talker.
Participants could see 5 cams simultaneously, with or without a presentation/screen sharing. Anyone joining after 5 cams are added thumbnail images. If a thumbnailed-person speaks, then that person "upgrades" to being one of the 5 active webcam videos (& one of the prior videos then downgrades to a thumbnail image). Be aware that not all participant see the same 5 most-recent-talkers, and I couldn't establish a soild pattern as to why the inconsistency happens. But, I suggest people mute themselves when not speaking because it seems that when each person speaks for longer durations then it becomes more likely that all participants will see the same last 5 speakers as active video.
Small displays, like mobile phones, when viewing a shared screen or application will only see 1 webcam.
Remote control of presentation/screen:
Guests (people not in your Office 365 organization) cannot remote control. Only a person in your org can request to control your “shared full desktop screen”, such as to assist you or for you to pass control of the presentation. The presenter cannot proactively pass control to a participant, the participant must request to take control. Single window sharing cannot be remote controlled. Only full desktop sharing can be remote controlled.
The same audio gripes apply to Teams just as with any video conferencing solution (goToMeeting, etc.).
Phone lines are by far the best option due to being real-time & when using open-audio conference room phones you can rely on their proven sound-cancellation technology.
With PC audio, excpect audio delays and intermittent fragmenting/artifacting due to PC latency & Internet bandwidth. As a result, expect participants to sometimes talk over one another for brief moments or ask people to repeat. Ask users to wear earbuds/headphones to eliminate echoing that otherwise would be caused by the speakers' sound bouncing off walls and back into the microphone.
That's my two cents, anyhow...
I have a client who is hiring more and more remote employees. They have a meeting with the entire company twice daily and need all users faces on the screen at once. They want up to 20 users to be seen at a time. 4 is not enough. We have the bandwidth capacity, we have the high-end hardware, but I will have to push my client who already has Office365 and is all-in Microsoft to another service which will cost them extra.
We are new to Teams. It is awesome for collaboration. However, we typically have 8 to 10 people and all we can only see 4 faces at a time. And each person sees a different set of 4 images.
We really would like the ability to add everyone's face to the calls.
I have read all the comments below and the last one was dated April 18. Have not seen if it was fixed or not?
Thanks for a great product!
Basics of Microsoft. Build deep not wide. Need additional streams.
Mandy Chapple commented
We do teacher collaboration with Microsoft Teams and this was one issue that kept coming up with my facilitators. On the recorded video, it places the extra team members down at the bottom during the recording after the fact, but I would love to have it as an option from the get-go!