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I am a newbies to Microsoft Teams,

I was wondering why Microsoft limited only to 4 person in 1 video calls but I am still can hear the voice for the additional person. So far after trying Teams for a weeks, there is a lot more features should be added by Microsoft to at least meet the users requirement or comparing with SFB for launch the products. Anybody has a similar issue with me?

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Hi,

Thanks for your message and welcome to the community! The limits for meetings can be found here:

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

250 for a meeting. 20 for private chat. In video calls, the last 4 speakers are displayed as ‘quarters’ of the screen. In other words if the 5th speaker has video enabled then it should show them. If you have 20 members and only 4 have video enabled for the meeting it will only show those 4 with video.

You can always feedback with a request to expand this with the Teams User Voice here - although it can take some time for Microsoft to review it and they have a large back log already

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public

Hope that helps!

Best, Chris
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Hi Christopher Hoard, Yes, understand your explanation and I have read that documents before. For my organisations, we always used a multiple video meeting (web meetings) and connecting more than 4 person at a times so this definitely will bot suitable to us yet accept for a private chat and 1-to-1video call with a colleagues. I belived Microsoft is aware on this and I am hoping they will make the changes for this knowing issues.
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Hi ZulkarnainMohamed,

Thanks for this. I agree with you and so at the time it may not be suitable for the scenario you have in mind. I have looked through the User Voice and there is a request for the limit to be raised

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/33879661-show-more-than-4-acti...

I voted! I would recommend for you to vote and drive as many people to this as possible. The more people who vote the more Microsoft will likely look at it.

Hope I have answered your question, if I have, please 'like' the response and set it as the solution to your question. I hope to see you more in the community and look forward to answering more of your questions.

Best, Chris

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Would rather see more than 4 participants in video. 

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Hi @Christopher Hoard - a clarification if possible – 


Is there any way to choose which 4 people are shown? For example – a coworker of mine said she was on video today but only her phone number was showing. Her video connection AB showed on the bottom but we couldn’t get her to be viewed even when she spoke.

 

Thanks so much.

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Active selecting should be an easy feature to implement. Better if could keep the speaker always on display,
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Our issue with this is that we need to be able to lock or select 1 or 2 videos to appear to all participants. Our company has employees with hearing impairment which require a sign language interpreter to repeat what the speakers are saying. Because the interpreter is in the same room as the host, his Mic has to be switched off, and then the Interpreter video is no longer available to see in the 4 quadrants as the active participants keep overtaking the active video quadrants on the screen. Being able to select who's video can appear would help us solve this issue.
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I'm new to Teams. In a call with three people I'm told I should have a split screen that allows me to see everyone at once. However, I can only see the person talking and the initials of the others are in the bottom right hand corner. How can I change the options so I can see three people simultaneously?
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also have a team member experiencing the 'only seeing 1 person at a time' issue. No solution, but another report of this issue at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams/can-only-see-1-person-in-a-call-not-4/m-p/123...

 

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@Christopher Hoard thanks for the feedback.  Now that the entire world is actively judging meeting services, perhaps it's time to clarify the 4-concurrent video "limit".  What I know:

  • Teams is not limited to 4 video windows, rather all participants sending video will appear. 
  • The last up-to-4 speaking (or noisy) participants are displayed on the larger windows.  This means that 2 or 3 could display in various layouts depending on the last speaking participants.
  • Other video senders appear as live thumbnails on the bottom of the Teams UI.
  • One may pin video senders to the larger windows if necessary.

Can you or the Teams team vouch or embellish @Christopher Hoard ?  Any insights from UX studies on this?

 

IMHO, having more than a handful of large video windows is distracting.  We've used other systems and when others stare at the more passive participants they tend to not pay attention.  Then we end up turning the feature off.

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@Jeff Border Thanks dude! Very helpful to set my small company straight tonight, after they were bitching and wanting to go to Zoom because it "showed more windows". While only three or 16 were casting...lol.

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You Can Pin specific people so they can be seen at all times. This would work perfectly for the example of the sign language interpreter
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@Angus McPherson Yep, I use pin to keep the target speaker showing on for my display, but this does not replicate to the other participants connecting from their end of Teams. They need to perform the same pin function too and often don't know how/unwilling to learn.
My work around at the moment to force pin the speaker on my display in full screen mode and then use ScreenShare to force all viewers to see my Pinned views.

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People refer to a "limit" on the video calls, I think we all understand a PC using Teams has no limit to the video feed but we are referring to the fact it only shows the last 4 people to speak in the larger window and that this is where the term Limit is being applied.

Comparing to zoom, you can't see 10 people at a size that is equal for all, for example. So the request seems to be to choose. If you are a team of 6 then yourself, plus 4, means just one person isn't being viewed along side, and it is useful to check facial expressions, perhaps acceptance or objection or confusion on a topic being discussed yet not talking! That is what a meeting in person is like. I think Teams needs to allow free choose of how many larger video windows can be viewed, last 4 talking or 5 or 9 or 15. We can pin our top 4 so they always show, or pin the host and allow the other 3 slots to rotate, but we need free choice.
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@Treemad Totally agree with this. The key here is choice and user customization. Users should be able to customize how they want their experience, not MS dictating what our experience should be.