Microsoft have announced a change to the participant layout in Teams coming late April / early May. This will increase the number of participants that can be viewed simultaneously during a Teams meeting from 4 to 9. Additionally Microsoft is working on increasing this limit even further so that more participants can be viewed simultaneously.

For meetings with more than 9 participants, visible video will continue be prioritised automatically. According to Microsoft, to provide a high quality audio and video experience, the layout logic will consider user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting expeirence.

This is a feature that has been requested by users of Teams for many years, and of course displaying a larger number of participants has been a staple of Teams rival Zoom for a long time. We expect to see more “Zoom-like” features creeping into Teams over the next few months, which is only good news for Microsoft 365 subscribers who may soon be able to drop their Zoom subscriptions in favour of exclusively using Teams.

This change is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 63341