Microsoft Teams users will now be able to make free video calls 24 hours a day. The company will soon be launching video calls 24 hours a day for all users at no additional cost. It will also allow users to add personal accounts to their desktop or Teams web application. The new feature supports up to 300 attendees and has been rolled out in preview mode in the Teams mobile app and will be available to all users in the coming weeks.
“To help you stay connected over the next few months, you will be able to meet for 24 hours with up to 300 attendees until further specified,” the company said in a blog post.
Microsoft Teams will allow customers to add their account to the Teams desktop or web application to sync all chats to their computer. The corporate platform can also be accessed by users who do not have the application installed on their devices. The connection between existing Teams users and contacts who don’t have the app installed on their devices will be established with the help of a link that can be accessed from any internet browser.
However, to start a video call with Microsoft Teams, the host will need a Microsoft account. Once signed in, the host can simply share the meeting link with friends and family who can then join the meeting for free via the web without even needing a Microsoft account.
Microsoft recently allowed its team users to integrate other applications as well while using the video conferencing application to make their experience more productive.
In recent months, Microsoft Teams has announced features to make the video calling experience more interesting and to make working from home more productive. It also has on-site features like virtual commuters. Microsoft noted that travel time helps employees with productivity as they have time to think. The virtual commute function will be introduced in 2021. The function will schedule a virtual commute at the beginning and end of the users day.
“What we’re finding is that travel experience – it’s good it’s not too long, but it played a role in helping us clear our heads,” Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Jared Spataro said at a news conference. Microsoft has also partnered with Headspace to allow employees to schedule mindful meditation sessions. “You can schedule a meditation as part of your virtual journey or as part of an awareness break during the day,” Spataro noted. Microsoft has found that starting with meditation before a long day at work reduces stress and burnout.
Last month, Google extended Google Meet’s 24/7 video calling policy in its free version until March 31, 2021. Zoom has a 40-minute limit for its video meetings which it occasionally greets as it did recently for the Thanksgiving Day. Microsoft hasn’t said until it will give free calls to users.
Microsoft Teams will soon launch free 24/7 video calling functionality for all users. It is currently available in preview mode in the mobile app.
- Microsoft Teams is launching free 24/7 video calls for users. It is currently available in preview mode in the mobile app.
- Users can receive calls without a Microsoft account through a link from the host.
- Microsoft Teams will allow customers to add their personal accounts to the Teams desktop or web application to sync all chats to their computer.