Increase maximum meeting participants to 500
Currently, meetings are limited to 250 participants.
We have several departments within our organization containing 250-500 employees.
Because the current Teams meeting maximum size is 250, we use other applications to host meetings for these departments.
We would like to be able to use Teams for these larger group meetings.
Please increase the number of participants in meetings to 500.
The Teams meeting limit has increased to 300 participants (in the meeting call and the chat). We have plans to further increase the limit up to 1000. You can read more details here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/07/08/reimagining-virtual-collaboration-future-work-learning/
For additional info on Meetings limits in Teams, visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams#meetings-and-calls
For insight into the Roadmap, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=64225
Great news Gordon! I saw this post on the increase to 1000 participants but no dates. Do you have an estimate when that will be GA? Thank you
In discussion with colleagues at other Universities, class sizes are often either 300 or 500, and it would be helpful for it to be at least 300 as 250 is a bit small.
Randy Savell commented
This is still lower then WebEx, which is 1000. With Skype on Premises we regularly hosted meeting with over 1000 participants.
Many companies could use the larger meeting sizes.
Taylor H. commented
Maximum 500 participants. Primary use case are all staff meetings.
Hi Gordon, any update on this? I would like to reiterate this is needed beyond the education clients. This should be enabled for everyone.
Justin Sova commented
Lennar Multifamily Communities is larger than 500 associates. Teams cannot be used for Town Hall meetings.
Marco Dominguez commented
We have org-wide manager meetings, this would be very important part.
Udaya jeewan commented
We have around 2500 students in our school. Now we are planning to conduct key-stage wise assemblies therefore it is better to have a minimum of 600 participants.
We have 1200 in our dept connecting from various countries. Using Teams for all our sectional meetings but it's really good if we can have all town hall meetings also through Teams. 250 is too small in numbers Please increase the number of participants in meetings to the maximum capacity. So we need not toggle between WebEx and Teams.
Any updates on this? Thanks, Gordon.
If the same functionality as a live event : Q&A with moderation, lager participation list and mute all by default, easy org wide link to send to participants was offered as part of a team meeting then it would serve us very well. No need for any external method to encode or producer/moderator.
Hi Gordon, any updates on this? I am losing my CEO townhalls to Zoom as they allow up to 500 users in a meeting. Live Events is not what we want, as it is not as interactive, people cannot ask questions, and the video delay kills the flow.
We need more than 250 per meeting -- and we're not ready for Live Events. Please increase the number of participants in meetings to 500.
Agree with the last comments. This is useful beyond the education realm. This is for everyone.
Any updates on this? It is hard to believe this would take days to decide when there is no net new software functionality and Teams is backed by the great O365 network and Azure servers :)
We have org-wide manager meetings, this would be very important part. Live meetings won't cut it because of the extreme delay in broadcasting.
this is key for enterprise, not just education. people at our company are pushing for Zoom and this 250 limit is a big factor (along with breakout rooms, handraising, etc.). 500 would be much better than 250. this is used for large organizational meetings. Live events cannot always be used because there can only be 15 of those at a time, and those do not allow the interaction that meetings do.
Richard Harris commented
Some cross department events scale to over 250 staff and 'course wide' or all 'university school' are similar too. Stepping the meeting capacity to to 500 would really help us.
We want the ability on the government side.
Hi Gordon, I am glad to see Microsoft is paying attention to these types of requests.
In reality, all your team at Microsoft needs to offer is feature parity to what the major players, like Zoom and WebEx, offer. Both offer 500 participants (Zoom) and 1000 participants (WebEx) max users in a meeting. This is normal meeting scenarios. This is necessary as no one has time to teach and create a formal production format using Teams Live Events, when we constantly have to communicate to large user bases during the COVID-19 cisis. Simply not a realistic answer or solution. If you can increase the Live Events capacity to 100,000 in a moments' notice, I don't see how you can't do the same for normal meetings from 250 to 1000 (or even 500).
In addition to meetings, both leading competitors also offer webinar functionalities, similar to Teams Live Events up to 10,000 participants, and still they come on top as they allow chat, Q&A, polls and surveys functionality, all built-in within their webinar solutions.
I really like Teams but as a meeting solution is sub-par.
Bottom line - bring all the meeting functionalities up to parity (or better) with ease of use, and well thought out UX, and you will come on top!
Thanks again for listening to your customers before we fully move to more robust meeting solutions.