Microsoft is trying to compete with Zoom by coming up with a new all-day video calling option which is accessible without payment, through Microsoft Teams; users will not have to download the app either.
A mobile version of Microsoft Teams had been released for consumers earlier in the year, and now the features of the friends and family service will be available on desktop and the web. So users can now come up with a Teams meeting for up to 300 participants, which will be capable of running all day, at no cost.
Users will not be required to have a Microsoft Account or even have a Teams app to be a part of the calls, as it is available for free, on the web.
On Teams, up to 49 members can be in the same call, and participants can be seen through the gallery view or Together Mode feature, where they can be seen side by side, virtually.
As the holidays come closer, Microsoft is looking for ways in which families can come together while maintaining social distancing during a pandemic.
Having a 24-hour meeting length limit might be exactly what the company needs to draw in more users than competitors. Rival companies tend to have a much shorter time-limit. Currently, a Zoom meeting can be held for 40-minutes, Google Meet can go up to an hour, and Cisco Webex caps off at 50 minutes.