Microsoft has recently enabled the new Large Gallery meeting experience in Microsoft Teams, which introduces the ability for native Teams participants to select a view displaying up to 49 video participants in a 7x7 grid layout.
Starting today Poly is happy to announce the standards-based video conferencing systems joining these meetings, by way of the Poly RealConnect Service for Microsoft Teams, can now also receive the same Large Gallery video experience. Note: As the Large Gallery option is currently being rolled out by Microsoft, it will first need to be available in a specific tenant before it can be leveraged by the RealConnect Service.
The following describes the updated behavior of the RealConnect Service with respect to Large Gallery:
- The first native Teams participant in a meeting to select the Large Gallery view prompts the Teams service to create an additional managed video stream, which is then made available for all participants to view. Other native Teams clients and devices will ignore this additional stream unless the user also selects Large Gallery for themselves.
- When the RealConnect Service receives this additional stream from Teams, it will automatically switch from using the standard 3x3 layout to the new 7x7 layout, for any video systems currently connected through the service to the same Teams meeting.
- The RealConnect Service will continue using the 7x7 layout as long as more than 10 participants are in the meeting. If the total number of participants in the Team meeting drops to 10 or less, then the RealConnect Service will automatically switch back to the standard 3x3 layout. Note: If all participants leave a specific meeting and then rejoin, the 7x7 grid view may not automatically be available; another native Teams participant must select the Large Gallery view again.