Microsoft has launched a new user license for Teams called Advanced Communications, which scale meetings to up to 20000 participants, introduces branded backgrounds and a new cloud-based phone system called Teams Calling.

Advanced Communications introduces new features in Microsoft Teams designed to help organizations move beyond meetings towards wider-scale communications, such as corporate events and conferences. This is a clear leap in quality, both for the Teams platform and for Microsoft’s strategy. The situation created following the emergency coronavirus has left a new normality in which smart working and videoconferences are not an exception but the rule

With Advanced Communications, customers can climb Teams meetings to up to 20000 participants. To ensure that participants can still listen and manage speakers easily during large events, the dimensions of interactive meetings will be limited to 1000 participants. When this limit is reached, the meeting will go to a display-only mode.

In addition, new features for administrators allow companies to add their brand to meetings, starting with lobbying. Microsoft’s additional features for business customers include recording calls with customer engagement compliance criteria and workflow.

To increase accessibility for employees using a traditional phone to communicate, Microsoft presents Team Calling, a new cloud-based phone system that allows employees to bring contacts anywhere, both in the office and in smart working.

The Microsoft Teams Advanced Communications plan can be added to any Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription fee and is available from this week. Customers can subscribe to a 60-day free evaluation version from today via Teams’ administration interface or Microsoft Teams’ website from mid-August.

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