As half of the world has entered into lockdown, so is the rocketing popularity of video conferencing tools due to remote-working and social-distancing measures imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. These can be used to stay in touch with your colleagues, family and friends via virtual meetings. And to take on its rival Microsoft Teams is planning to expand to increase the number of group call participants limit to 250.
At the moment, there are three most popular video conferencing and other workplace collaboration tools Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet and all of them come with a group call participants limit of up to 100. The Software Giant Microsoft will increase this limit to 250 participants via an update to be rolled out in mid-May.
The new plan to increase the participant limit has been spotted in the company’s roadmap section for Microsoft Teams. It says, “ Sometimes you need to kick off a big project chat with a large group or organize an ad-hoc discussion with staff at an event, but it is unnecessary to start a new team; perhaps you don’t all work together on a regular basis, or maybe you need a communication channel with a large group of people at an event. Group chats will be able to accommodate up to 250 users.”
It is now confirmed that the new development is in the pipeline and all the paid subscribers will be eligible to get excess to this feature of expanding the capacity. The new capacity limit will be helpful to large companies with a bigger workforce. Whereas the unpaid subscriber can have access to only 20 people.
The paid subscription brings other benefits such as scheduled meetings, to record meetings, phone calls, and audio conferencing. In addition to this, the paid subscribers will be offered up to 1TB of storage per person whereas the unpaid users can get access to 1GB of storage along with 10GB of shared storage per user.
Whereas on the other hand with the increasing demand for video-conferencing tools the search giant Google has announced that now anyone can sign up for Meet with an email address to gain access to the same features available to G Suite’s business and education use. The company offers other benefits such as schedule meetings, screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts with the expanded tiled view.
Users can gain access to Google Meet for free through meet.google.com and via Meet mobile apps for Android and iOS users. The users will require a free Google Account which is a necessary step required as a security measure.
According to the company, “Meetings are limited to 60 minutes for the free product, though we will not enforce this time limit until after September 30.”
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