Microsoft Extends Increase for Attendees in Live Events to October 2020

Limit Kept at 20,000 for Live Events in Teams, Yammer, and Stream

Reflecting the fact that Covid-19 means that people can no longer gather in large numbers for in-person events, in May Microsoft temporarily increased the normal attendee limit for live events run through Teams, Yammer, or Stream. The increase is from 10,000 to 20,000 attendees and was due to revert to 10,000 on July 1, 2020 and reflects the steady growth in large online events run by Office 365 tenants.

July 1 is obviously fast approaching and after reviewing the situation Microsoft said on June 22 that they would extend the temporary limit until October 1, 2020. The announcement was made on the Yammer blog, so it’s possible that this news escaped the attention of Teams administrators.

For customers needing to run even larger online events, Microsoft has a live events assistance program that can increase the limit for an event to 100,000 attendees, which should be enough to cater for even the largest events, like the Microsoft Ignite 2020 conference in September.

Online Events Popular While In-Person Events Decline

Pretty well every in-person technology conference of any size scheduled for 2020 has been recast as an online event and all Microsoft events will be online until at least July 1, 2021. I still have hope that my speaking engagements at the European SharePoint Conference will go ahead in Amsterdam (November 9-12) followed by the Microsoft 365 Collaboration Conference (ex-SharePoint North America) in Las Vegas (March 23-25).

Of course, many things must fall into place before a large-scale in-person event becomes feasible again. I hope this happens as I miss the buzz of large crowds and the chance to gorge on technology for a few days. I guess I must be weird…

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