Microsoft Teams has a new feature that could blow their competitor Zoom right out of the water by expanding the option for seeing up to 49 users while on a video call.
The gallery view feature has been the main function for people when deciding which video conferencing app to use. For many companies, classrooms, and friends; video calls mean needing to see more than 9 people on the screen, which used to be Microsoft Team’s only viewing option. Zoom allowed seeing up to 49 users on the screen in gallery view.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, so many different types of users jumped to Zoom because it had what they needed; it was easy to use, and showed everyone what they needed to see on the screen. But Zoom wasn’t prepared for the influx of people with different types of needs and had to become functional quickly. Naturally, security and privacy issues quickly arose with incidents of “Zoom bombing.”
People have been looking for other options to switch from Zoom too, but nothing thus far has had as large a gallery view until now that is. Microsoft just released their new feature. Schools, business meetings and exercise classes will now have the security they need, not to mention the endless collaborative tools Teams has perfected, and still be able show all users.
The launch of the 49 person gallery view hasn’t been specified as of yet. Microsoft has confirmed the feature through email, but when it will be available is still awaiting a statement.
While work and school are seeming to continue at home for the near future, the need for improvements on video conferencing apps is key. This new feature could see an abundance of people packing their bags with Zoom and making the switch to Teams.
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