Chat bubbles and 98-person Gallery view features are coming to Teams

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  • Teams will be getting a larger, 98 person gallery view for meetings in the near future.
  • There will now be two 7x7 grids, which users can circle through while in meetings.
  • Another feature to be introduced is the chat bubbles, to make reading messages easier.
  • Check out our other Microsoft Teams articles to find out what new features are in the works for this popular app. 
Chat bubbles and 98-person Gallery view features are coming to Teams

Microsoft is on a continuous quest to expand how many people users can view on their screen at once, in Teams meetings.

This is more than welcome news for companies, to say the least, as more and more people will be able to attend internal meetings.

Microsoft Teams will support 98 people in meetings

Teams users will no longer be limited to just a handful of video feeds at once. As we all know too well, Teams now supports a 7×7 grid that shows 49 people at the same time.

However, in the near future, the popular communications app will support a 98-person view. What you might also want to know is that this feature is already available via the public preview channel.

To make this possible, instead of creating a much bigger grid that would show more people at once, Teams will now have two 7×7 grids that users can toggle between, using navigation arrows.

When designing this, developers most likely took into consideration the fact that most monitors just aren’t large enough to have 98 people on a single feed.

Teams will also introduce a new chat bubbles feature

Besides the new addition to the number of users that are now able to join the same meeting, Teams meetings are also receiving support for chat bubbles.

This new feature is supposed to make it easier for participants to follow chat messages, by displaying a floating notification at the top of the meeting screen.

Developers feel confident that this innovation should eliminate the constant need to open a chat window to view chat messages manually.

The company recently disclosed, via Microsoft 365 admin center, that this feature is still currently under development.

It will start rolling out to clients in mid-July, based on the available information.

Do you feel that these new Teams features will bring major changes to meetings experience? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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