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Chad Hudson
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Hey all, 

 

I have what may be a silly question. I assumed that you could hold meetings with everyone in a specific group/team including all the people in that team without size restrictions.

 

However, I ran across this https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Frequently-asked-questions-about-Microsoft-Teams-%E2%80%93-... that specifies meetings only hold 80 people.

 

I was getting ready to do company-wide meetings up to 250 people, which we could do in SfB, so assumed we could do that in MS Teams.

 

The above info caught me off guard, so I wanted to see if anyone had more info on this before scheduling a meeting for 250 people in an 80 seat capacity space. 

 

Thanks! 

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I found recently with about 10 video enabled users the sfb alike calls already becoming a bit of an issue. Videos seem to be freezing regularly.

@Pieter Veenstra thanks for the response! Thankfully, we don't do video :) I have had 60+ in a few meetings already and it has performed very well overall. We are a completely distributed environment all over the US. 

 

We have ~200 employees and I was about to schedule a full company meeting, but saw that and thought wow, that would have been embarrassing if only 80 people could join.

Interesting limit and also experiences in regards of meeting sizes...it's difficult to understand why this limit is under what we have in S4B Today

@Juan Carlos González Martín right? So, do you know if that is an accurate maximum size? Or, has that been updated? Seems very odd. 

That limit is accurate currently as far as I know. Keep in mind that this is a brand new product, and not meant to be a replacement for Skype for Business. They are not feature equal, and currently this is one of the primary differences.

 

I would expect that limit to increase over time as they beef up their infrastructure based on the success of the product, but that is just my opinion. :)

I have to disagree here...if Teams is using S4B behind the scenes: why this limit in regards of the number of attendees...Teams is also using SPO and we don't have any limits in regards of the number of files being uploaded to the Teams site

I don't think we have granular enough information to answer that question. You're assuming that Teams is using the same next gen infrastructure that S4B Online is using, but it may very well be the same technology in different infrastructure for all we know.

 

Need more details before we can determine if this is a technical limitation, or a marketing limitation :)

Hello

 

I have a similar set of questions. We have a requirement for Web meetings of 100 to 200 people. We have tried to use Skype Broadcast with it's Q&A and Pulse integrations but the delay experienced by attendees was a significant issue for us. There was also no slick option to bring in audio from attendees to run an audio Q & A.  As I understand it a normal Skype meeting can do up to 250 and Teams can currently do a much smaller number of attendees.  Both seem to present quality challenges at higher numbers.

 

What are people's thoughts? There doesn't seem to be a satisfactory solution within the Microsoft stack to tempt our users away from Webex.  

My company shares the same issues. We have webex as a solution for large open townhalls, all hands on deck departmental meetings and so on. Skype's(O365) 250 person limit does prevent us from a consistent approach and standardization.When asked, we get pointed to broadcasts, but thats not a solution for bidirectional meetings.
Also on Broadcasts - other broadcast tools outside of microsoft are mobile ready (presenter) and capable of handling professional equipment integrations. That remains a gap we see as well as compared to FBW streaming and other live broadcast solutions.

Teams limit is 80, but it's in the roadmap to bring that up to be roughly the same as Skype for Business at 250 by the end of June. I'vde certainly been on Teams calls with nearly 80 people, and the experience is certainly starting to get there as features like controlling muting have come in.

 

There is a roadmap presented at Ignite last year for development of the Skype Broadcast feature, I would suggest watching it here, but below are the new features advertised.

 

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There are certainly some welcome additions, we use Broadcast a great deal, and I think supporting screensharing into the meeting is going to take a HUGE amount of complexity out of our process if it's implemented well. Today we use the app ManyCam on our producer machine, to allow us cut/mix between a usb webcam and a feed from the rooms AV with screen and audio.

@Steven Collier we are about to have our WW FY20 APB Planning cadence kick off and the DL's for requested attendance is in the 100's.  Prior, Teams only had a capacity for 80 persons to join the conference call has this been expanded to 250 persons (similar to SFB)?

 

Thanks

Yes! Limit for teams meetings is now 250! There’s now also live events which is supporting attendees up to 10 000!

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-live-events/what-are-teams-live-events

Adam
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