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We are thrilled to announce that live events are now generally available in Microsoft Teams – enabling anyone to create live and on-demand events to reach large online audiences. Live events in Microsoft Teams enables you to schedule, produce, broadcast and record rich, interactive streaming content. Up to 10k attendees can join live from anywhere and across any device or watch on-demand at their convenience.

 

Live events in Microsoft Teams enable an intuitive end-end experience for the event organizer, producer, presenter as well as attendees:

 

Simple scheduling and set-up experience:

Thinking of finally hosting that long-due event? Scheduling a live event and inviting your attendees is a matter of a few clicks. You can create a live event using the same Teams meeting experience that you are familiar with. Using the Teams app, you can assign appropriate attendee permissions, designate event team members, select production method, and invite attendees within your organization or make it public.

 

Live Event scheduling.gifWith simple scheduling and set-up experience, anyone can create a live event using Microsoft Teams

 

Choose appropriate production controls:

Live events in Microsoft 365 support a broad spectrum of production scenarios. Using simple production controls in Microsoft Teams, anyone can produce an high quality live event - using a webcam or A/V input from Teams room systems. For sophisticated production needs, such as for executive town hall meetings, producers can use external encoders to manage their live events with 3rd party hardware and software via Microsoft Stream. This is a great if you already have studio quality equipment, such as media mixers, which support streaming to a Real-time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) service.

 

As a producer, you can take control of the control the layout of the event, start/stop video streams, share desktop, enable live Q&A, make the event available on-demand and a lot more.

 

Check out how Microsoft is using live events to connect teams across the globe.

 

Increase engagement and reach new audiences:

Being able to interact with your audience helps you keep them that much more engaged and provides attendees more value from your event -

  • Increase audience engagement and retention, and gather feedback on key areas using moderated live Q&A during the live event
  • Make your event more accessible and extend your audience reach using AI capabilities such as live captions and translation. Live captions during an event make your content more accessible and make it easy for your attendees to follow along. Caption translation lets your attendees consume the content in the language they are most comfortable with.

 

Live_event_translation_4MB.pngIncrease audience reach and enagement using AI capabilities such as live captions and translation

 

Analyze audience engagement and feedback:

You can’t improve what you can’t measure. Post event analytics helps the event team gather insights from the Q&A, look for unanswered questions from your audience etc. Audience engagement report helps you analyze the audience engagement and look for ways to improve – be it content, tone, production style etc.Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 3.47.52 PM.pngAnalyze audience engagement and feedback using event analytics

 

 

Optimize network bandwidth using trusted eCDN solutions:

Live event playback uses adaptive bitrate streaming, which is a unicast stream, meaning every attendee is getting their own video stream from the internet. For live events sent out to huge audiences within your organization, this can consume significant internet bandwidth. Microsoft's trusted video delivery partners now offer enterprise content delivery networks (eCDN) to optimize the bandwidth consumed while delivering a great end user experience during large scale Microsoft Teams live events -

 

 

If you are using Skype Meeting Broadcast currently, we encourage you to use live events in Teams. You can refer to complete Skype to Teams transition roadmap here.

 

Learn how to get started with live events in Microsoft Teams, and let us know your feedback. We are just getting started and will be bringing many new capabilities over the next few months, including general availability of live captions and translation, ability to add a guest or a federated user as a presenter, managing a live event from the full calendar view in Teams and lot more.

 

 

16 Comments
Occasional Contributor

Is there a way to create Live-Events in Teams for Organizations which still use Office 365 without Exchange Online and without Exchange Hybrid configuration? Because without that there is no Meeting/Calender App in Teams available where I can plan a new live event. A link/website to create live events for Teams would be great just like it was possible with Skype Meeting Broadcast.

Super Contributor

I wonder if analytics is a readable file or like with Skype Broadcast a csv with lots of noise you have to filter out before it becomes useful.

Microsoft

@Michael Böhm  - you can create it directly from the Stream app. Have you looked at that? 

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@Oleg K - currently it's a CSV file - but we are investing in richer analytics across the board. Stay tuned! 

Occasional Contributor

@Praveen Maloo  I know that, but it works completely different and is not working in combination with Microsoft Teams. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/live-create-event

Frequent Contributor

Could you share how the administrators could follow these meetings? How we could found how many participants there has been during time, how many live events our organization have had etc..?

Frequent Contributor

I must say, that there are still several bugs which I would like to see will be fixed:

- Even you do not share the video you need to enable your camera, otherwise your voice is not recorded.

- When you share the content the preview window goes over the "Stop Sharing". Only button available is [End], but that destroy the whole meeting.

- Even I'm sharing a window, the text says I'm sharing desktop.

- If I do not share anything, but meeting is runnin the text says: "The live event will continue in a moment". In my mind if I'm speaking all the time, the meeting is running all the time.

- The preview window moves only by clicking the top part of the window. It would be easier if you can move no matter from where you try to drag it.

- The attendee report does not show participants looking for the records, even the QA does (in case someone ask a question).

- When you are on the live, you have three ways to leave the meeting :

   1. [Leave] - on top right

   2. [End] - Below the live stream

   3. [Hang up] - On the preview window

- The logic when having only one presenter: when you select the share on the live event, that goes to live directly. What is the purpose of the Queue on the left site?

- If you have many different speakers it would be nice to have own chat channel for the meeting between them.

 

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Hi @Petri X - thanks a lot for taking the time to give such thorough feedback and helping us improve the experience. 

We will look into these in detail and get back. Meanwhile, for features you would like to see, please vote and help us prioritize live events features.

 

Re: you question around admin usage reporting - that's on our backlog. 

 

@Sonu Arora 

Frequent Contributor

Hi@Praveen Maloo 

I feel that those are bugs instead of feature requests. Or has the world now change so much that bugs are missing features today? :-D

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I meant any feature requests besides these ;) @Petri X 

Super Contributor

Blogs are not meant bug reporting either :) Although aside uservoice there are no place to report bugs. Well, other than creating a support case, but that can be hideous having to deal with often clueless first line support..

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@Petri X tenant admin usage reporting for Teams live events is coming soon! 

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@Petri X  ACK on the bugs. Can you help clarify few things for me? 

I must say, that there are still several bugs which I would like to see will be fixed:

>> Even you do not share the video you need to enable your camera, otherwise your voice is not recorded.
[Is the request here to broadcast only audio? What would you like to see in the Stream if only voice needs to be broadcasted?]

>> When you share the content the preview window goes over the "Stop Sharing". Only button available is [End], but that destroy the whole meeting.

[OK - we will look into this one]

 

>> Even I'm sharing a window, the text says I'm sharing desktop.
[OK - we will look into this one]

>> If I do not share anything, but meeting is runnin the text says: "The live event will continue in a moment". In my mind if I'm speaking all the time, the meeting is running all the time.
[If the curtain says "the live event will continue in a moment", that means we are not streaming any A/V to the attendees. Was your experience that attendees were hearing your sound even when this curtain was being displayed?"

>> The preview window moves only by clicking the top part of the window. It would be easier if you can move no matter from where you try to drag it.

[OK - got the ask] 

>> The attendee report does not show participants looking for the records, even the QA does (in case someone ask a question).
[Sorry, I didn't fully understand the issue here. Can you please elaborate? ]

>> When you are on the live, you have three ways to leave the meeting :

   1. [Leave] - on top right

   2. [End] - Below the live stream

   3. [Hang up] - On the preview window
[Clicking on "end" ends the broadcast for the attendees.  Producer can click on Leave or Hang up to leave the broadcast - but broadcast is still running as long as any other presenter is actively presenting]

>> The logic when having only one presenter: when you select the share on the live event, that goes to live directly. What is the purpose of the Queue on the left site?
[We will be optimizing the experience further when there is a single presenter]

- If you have many different speakers it would be nice to have own chat channel for the meeting between them. 

[There is a chat channel between the event team members (producers/presenters.]

Frequent Contributor

>> Even you do not share the video you need to enable your camera, otherwise your voice is not recorded.
[Is the request here to broadcast only audio? What would you like to see in the Stream if only voice needs to be broadcasted?]

 

The strange thing was, I could not hear the voice even I was sharing the slides. Only option to get voice was to start my web cam (even I did not share that). But honestly, isn't up to presenter do s/he like to share audio only, video only, presentation only, or combination of those.

 

>> When you share the content the preview window goes over the "Stop Sharing". Only button available is [End], but that destroy the whole meeting.

[OK - we will look into this one]

 

Remember, you need to have Teams in full screen mode. The you get this problem as the preview opens on righ lower corner.

 

>> If I do not share anything, but meeting is runnin the text says: "The live event will continue in a moment". In my mind if I'm speaking all the time, the meeting is running all the time.
[If the curtain says "the live event will continue in a moment", that means we are not streaming any A/V to the attendees. Was your experience that attendees were hearing your sound even when this curtain was being displayed?

 

Yes, I heard still my voice.

 

>> The attendee report does not show participants looking for the records, even the QA does (in case someone ask a question).
[Sorry, I didn't fully understand the issue here. Can you please elaborate? ]

 

When the event if over, the producer get the report of the event. That cointains few .csv files. One covers the attendees, and other Q&A. On there Q&A contains the questions from person who listen the presentation later, but attendee list did not. If you go and look the reports after one month, it would be strange to see questions from attendee who has not been in the meeting, if you trust to the reports.

 

- If you have many different speakers it would be nice to have own chat channel for the meeting between them. 

[There is a chat channel between the event team members (producers/presenters.]

 

Sorry to not found that :)

 

 

Frequent Contributor

You are very correct @Oleg K that blogs are not bugs reporting tools. But spending time with this amount of issues together with premier support and having the first line questions, will just means for me to not do it. As normally you cannot report multiple issue per support case. We tested with the preview also, but somewhere on past we could not found the feedback channel.

Regular Visitor

Is max time length on these live sessions?  

 

We’re hoping to do day long seminars using this feature... But Stream events are limited to 4 hours max.  How about these events in Teams?