Zoom may be the best choice for video conferencing in our COVID-19 giant world. But rival options like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet continue to add their own features that appeal to families looking for ways to stay connected. And Microsoft may have just added a feature that many users will embrace for socially distant holiday collections.
Microsoft teams have added a new all-day video calling feature that you can use for free. Users can open the Microsoft Teams app on desktops, browsers or mobile devices and leave it open all day for up to 300 friends and family members to participate while active.
Participants participating in the call do not need a Microsoft account or Teams app ̵
All you have to do to host a Microsoft Teams meeting is open a room via the new Teams web destination, sign in with a Microsoft account, and then share the link to your new room with friends and family. From there, everyone can participate without any extra hassle that inevitably comes from signing up for a new service.
Microsoft Teams now offers the longest calling option currently available among video conferencing services, and you can understand the timing of this release so close to the holidays. Zoom usually imposes a 40-minute call limit it promises on Thanksgiving, and Google Meet typically offers 60 minutes. Other services, like Skype, do not require users to disconnect after a period of time, but so many users seem eager to use these conferencing services that they have increased ever since the coronavirus pandemic forced us to put in place.
In addition to allowing large calls, Microsoft Teams also supports users who host up to 49 friends and family members in a gallery view using the Together Mode feature. This allows you to see everyone side by side in a virtual area designed to make everyone feel like they are in a large space together.
It’s no secret that the holidays are fast approaching, and with so many users easily logging in to Zoom every day, Microsoft, Google and other platforms are fast searching to find ways to bring others to their video conferencing software instead. Microsoft, which offers this great video calling option for free, is a smart move, especially since Thanksgiving gatherings are discouraged by the CDC this year.