Live event concurrency
Increase the number of concurrent live events to more than 15 per tenant - required to enable large cohort remote teaching which is a massive priority for universities at the time of the Coronavirus worldwide incident.
Universities will often have more than 15 large lectures running at the same time and increasing the number of live events to 30 or 45 will allow universities and colleges to remotely teach large numbers concurrently
This feature request is being reviewed by the feature team. No new details to share at this time.
Meanwhile, feel free to share why you need this in schools and universities. And if increasing number of participants in a meeting (see another UV feedback below) would solve your need: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/36681970
Gordon Chang from Teams
Any update from the product group on this feature request?
We used Teams to limp through the spring and summer, but with the prospect of being remote again in the fall this limitation is a deal-breaker in the education sector. Hate to see Teams go, but you've made it awful hard to advocate for it.
We are a multi-academy trust with many academies in a single tenant. If this limit is reduced to 15 we will almost certainly have to move from Teams to Zoom (or other) for our live teaching.
Please keep this 50 limit in place - if you need to change it, increasing it would be the only sensible adjustment! Thanks.
Microsoft 365 Live Event Limit Increases
To help customers meet rapidly changing communication needs, Microsoft 365 live events will temporarily raise default limits until July 1, 2020 for live events hosted in Teams, Stream, and Yammer. The following increases will begin rolling out next week:
Attendee limit: events can support up to 20,000 attendees
Concurrent events: 50 events can be hosted simultaneously across a tenant
Event duration: event length has been increased to 16 hours per broadcast
Additionally, we recently announced support for up to 100,000 event attendees partnership with the Live Events Assistance Program. http://aka.ms/liveeventassist
Marco Dominguez commented
Agree that this would be useful.
Adrian Mannall commented
Whilst use of Live Events has been initially small this is now ramping up as our staff teach large cohorts of students on core courses so well over 250 students at a time.
In addition, as a well known top 10 global research university we run many engagement and advancement opportunities, all of which are now pivoting to virtual systems. Many will happen concurrently hence the need to"raise the bar" on the number of concurrent sessions.
Our careers services are also using live events to interact with many hundreds of overseas students with careers events and virtualised career talks and day long sessions with multiple recruiters.
This should help quantify why our university of 35,000 staff and students requires more than 15 concurrent live events at any one time.
It's time to raise the bar or lose the battle to a competitor product. You have already managed to increase the live event ruin time from 4 hours to 16 so let's get to work on this one too.
Dear Microsoft, given the increased usage of the Live Events function with the current COVID-19 restrictions, can you please increase the max number of concurrent events per tenant ?
If we are unable to increase these and mitigate the risk of creating more than 15 at a time, I fear that we may lose the internal faith in this product and push our users towards applications such as Adobe Connect.,
We have a captive Teams audience at the moment and want to keep it that way !
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.
Agree that this would be useful. We cannot promote Live event at the moment because demand would outstrip limit.
This request is more about the control you need when dealing with large numbers that you don't get on a normal teams meeting.
Mark Pountney commented
Agreed. It would be fantastic to raise this limit to support remote teaching better.
Richard Harris commented
If I may add to that, having some mechanism where people can find out when they're scheduled would be useful. Maybe you could avoid some failure demand to let people sort out their own schedules.
Stuart Johnston commented
Agree. The 15 concurrent limitation currently limits our ability to use Teams to deliver remote lectures.
Lisa Rowley commented
Due to the current situation we have adopted Teams for ease of use. The requirement is only increasing as we continue in lockdown and we need to continue and expand our use of Teams during this time
Nathalie Czechwoski commented
Teams has become core to our university as it has proved reliable and easy to use by all. To such we would welcome the ability to increase the number of concurrent live events, especially at a time when we are all working remotely on mass.
Steve Watt commented
Increasing to 30 - 45 per tenant would be helpful
James Thompson commented
Teams is now widely adopted at our University and we anticipate that engagement with it will only grow. While Teams meetings are suitable for some teaching, for large lectures or departmental events Teams Live Events seem the best way forward.
We would support any change to increase the limit from 15 concurrent events, or guidance on how to effectively limit and manage concurrent events (making them bookable?) through our admin portal.
Brian Merritt commented
We really appreciate Microsoft's efforts during these trying times. Teams has become a core component of our distance (which is now all) learning, and the ability to create ad hoc classrooms with live video/audio/chat interaction is absolutely crucial to teaching, students, and the mental health of both these groups.
Dean Phillips commented
Clearly a priority I support to ensure all the good work achieved to date is not inhibited by this restriction.
This has definitely become a priority as Remote Teaching and Seminars are now a requirement for almost all types of our University's courses rather than a "useful additional option" for a selection of courses.