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  1. Show more than 4 videos of multiple participants in a meeting/call and change video layouts in Team Meeting - ie, 5+1, 9+1, 2x2, 8+2 etc

    I would like to be able to see video from all participants in a meeting/ call at the same time. Currently in a Teams call, we can only see a few participants video stream even if there are many more on the call.

    945 votes
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    131 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on supporting more than 4 videos in a Teams meeting. We don’t have a date to share or exact number of videos to support showing at once, but will update as we get closer to completion. Stay tuned!

    Feel free to share the # of students / videos you would need in comments. Also – feel free to follow this item in the main UV forum – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17010055.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  2. Add a global admin setting for the default role of meeting attendee

    If you want to make meeting attendees Participants by default (so that they can't present, mute you and remove from a meeting), then you have to manually change meeting options of a particular meeting and set "Who can present?". Today this option can't be set globally by default in Teams admin center. Please add this feature.

    506 votes
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  3. "Wait in lobby" for student (participants) in scheduled meetings

    In order to use scheduled meetings for teaching is necessary that the meeting organizer can force student to "wait in lobby" if they try to enter the meeting before the teacher.

    In my case, students are part of the organization, they are not guests. For this reason, this functionality for my school is not possible.

    The possibility to force participants (even if part of the organization) in the lobby is necessary, because otherwise students could use the scheduled meeting to enter by their own and talk privately without the teacher.

    404 votes
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    40 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    1. Thanks again for your feedback on this. The team has begun working on an option requiring everyone other than the meeting organizer to go thru the lobby. The option will be available per meeting. We will continue to evaluate our best option to release with increased priority.
    1. If, in addition to a per meeting control, you are looking for admin level control to prevent students from starting any meeting or any calls without educators present, and want to apply this control regardless of whether a meeting organizer remembers to change the lobby option, please vote on this UV item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39962347

    Thank you so much for your time and effort to help us prioritize and improve the product experience for you.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  4. Hard mute students in a meeting (so they cannot unmute themselves)

    Teachers should be able to mute students voices in a way that they cannot dis activate. This could be used for lecture. Or to stop students interrupting on purpose.

    315 votes
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  5. Download attendance list in a Teams meeting

    Download an attendance list from a Teams meeting

    309 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on this feature, and will update again as we get closer to releasing. Meanwhile, feel free to share how you’d use the list for, and what information do you need in the list.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  6. Raise Hands in Team

    The teachers in Hong Kong have been using Teams and OneNote to teach virtually at home during class suspension since early February. It’d be very useful if students are allowed to raise hands to ask a Q during meetings. So, teachers can be alerted and can provide instant feedback to individual students instead of being disrupted or not being aware of individual needs. Thank you very much!

    270 votes
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  7. 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

    197 votes
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  8. Ability to schedule meetings in private channels

    private channels need to be able to schedule meetings.

    154 votes
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  9. Prevent attendees inviting users within an in progress meeting

    Currently, attendees are able to use the participants pane in an ongoing meeting to invite users to the meeting. In an education setting, this means disruptive/cheeky students are able to abuse the invite option to call anybody within the school.. There's absolutely no reason in an educational setting for students to be able to invite anybody they like to a live lesson (meeting) - we make them attendees for a reason!

    149 votes
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  10. 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.

    143 votes
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    18 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This feature request is being reviewed by the feature team. No new details to share at this time.

    Meanwhile, feel free to share the ideal maximum participants in a meeting, what type of meetings are those (lectures? staff meetings? school wide announcement?) Are all participants students? Thanks,

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  11. Allow the ending of a meeting to occur by the meeting organiser (i.e. the teacher of a classroom)

    Please allow teachers who run a classroom via Teams the option to be able to end meetings. With the imminent closure of schools and needing to run classes online it would be very helpful to be able to do this. Teachers are not going to leave a meeting to let a student run it due to the plethora of issues that would arise so please allow us as the teacher in the Team to end a meeting.

    132 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    1. As stated last time, based on the volume of recent feedback, we fast-tracked adding the ability for meeting organizers to end a meeting for all participants with the click of a button one-time. This was released to the public ring today.
    1. In addition, the team has begun working on an option requiring everyone other than the meeting organizer to go thru the lobby. Once that feature is available, attendees will be placed in the lobby when rejoining the meeting, the setting will be available in meeting options for each meeting. Please see this UV item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39962434.
    1. If, instead of looking for a per meeting control, you are looking for admin level control to prevent students from starting any meeting or any calls without educators present, and wants to apply this control regardless of whether a meeting organizer remembers to change the lobby option, please vote on this UV…
  12. Prevent students from starting a new call/videocall (and apply for any meetings)

    It would be very useful to be able to prevent students fom starting a new call or videocall with anyone, without preventing them from receiving call or videocall.

    This because, when working with younger students, the best option is that only teachers can start new call/videocall (with other teachers and/or with students).

    123 votes
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  13. Ability to record meetings in private channels

    Holding meetings in private channels is really useful (students don't need to know when instructional staff is meeting), but I want the ability to record them like I can in a general channel. Recording 1-1 meetings would also be helpful to international students who could then review them.

    54 votes
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  14. Allow to split meeting in separate sessions (breakout rooms)

    For online trainnings, we wish to allow to split a meeting into separate sessions. The meeting host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually and can switch between sessions at any time.

    The teacher can host a meeting for all classroom and divide sub meetings for students work in small groups and after that they can return to main meeting with all students.

    40 votes
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  15. Multiple Screen Share

    In Teams you can only share one screen at a time. I work in an office where we use 2-3 screens. Being able to share multiple screens at one time would be very beneficial.

    38 votes
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  16. Uncompressed audio/ no AGC for Music classes - Band, Choir, Orchestra

    For music classes on Teams that are audio based, it is really important to have:


    1. uncompressed audio feature for original quality sound (Zoom has it)

    2. turn off auto gain control that compresses dynamics

    3. turn off any other "smart" audio features that will change the original sound quality such as background noise reduction or microphones that turn off until a sound is detected

    4. reduce sound lag (latency)

    35 votes
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  17. Allow only the organizer to mute or remove other participants by default

    Change the meeting settings so that only the organizer can mute and remove participants. We are having trouble with students removing other students from a meeting.

    31 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi there, yes it is possible. Try this out:
    After you created the meeting, go to “meeting options” and change the presenter to “only me”. This way, all non-organizers are joining as an “attendee” meeting role, which cannot mute nor remove other participants.

    Learn more at https://support.office.com/article/roles-in-a-teams-meeting-c16fa7d0-1666-4dde-8686-0a0bfe16e019

    Do you wish that the setting can be set by default by the admin? Let us know your thoughts.
    Gordon Chang from Teams

  18. Grid View in meeting

    Please provide a grid speaker view with all the participants during a video call, a feature that is available in ZOOM.

    29 votes
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  19. Virtual background of the video in a meeting

    Add a virtual background feature where you can block out the original background but it is not just blurred, it is fun and exciting.

    26 votes
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  20. ‘Leader’ controls for Virtual Meetings

    The meetings works fine if you have a group of grown-ups, but if you have a situation like teacher+pupils you need better controls.

    1) Teacher can ‘mute all’
    2) Pupil can ‘raise hand’ to speak.
    3) Teacher can unmute individuals
    4) Teacher can ‘give control’ to pupils.
    5) Teacher can ‘take control’ back
    6) Pupils can ‘request’ but not ‘take’ control.
    7) Teachers should be able to write in OneNote in a meeting window.

    And so on.

    With the possibility that Coronavirus could result in school closures, the meetings features could be about to be stress tested. At the moment,…

    25 votes
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