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UPDATED for 2020: What Are Microsoft Teams Live Events? 17 Quick Facts

August 18 2020 / by Karen Mares

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When we originally published this post, Teams Live Events was still a future feature. In the time since its official debut, we've learned all about it, used it, and supported Teams Live Events users and Attendees through the platform. So, here are 17 updated Teams Live Events facts for 2020.

What Are Teams Live Events?

  1. Teams Live Events is a feature of Microsoft Teams that broadcasts video and meeting content to large online audiences.
  2. It became available to users in March 2019, replacing the capabilities of Skype Meeting Broadcast. (Skype for Business/Skype Meeting Broadcast is still supported by Microsoft.)
  3. Teams Live Events are meant for one-to-many communications, where a host is leading and attendees are participating and/or viewing the host's content. It’s also commonly used for larger "town hall-style" meetings.

How Does It Differ from Teams Meetings?

  1. Teams Live Events are similar to television or radio broadcasts, where Teams Meetings are best suited for collaboration, screen sharing, and interaction.
  2. The Teams Live Events feature is a great option for events such as product launches, conferences, and other types of large, virtual, or hybrid events.
  3. Up to 20,000 people can join a Teams Live Event. (Teams Meetings allows up to 1,000 for interactive meetings.)


  1. There are two ways you can produce a Teams Live Event: via Teams, or with an external app or device.
  2. Production via Teams is a quick way to set up the event using equipment you, your presenters, and panelists already have - a "use your own device" option.
  3. Production using an external hardware or software encoder via Microsoft Stream is best if you already have a production setup that supports streaming to an RTMP service. This is great for larger "auditorium-style” events.

Event Roles

  1. Organizers schedule the event and make sure permissions are set up correctly for attendees and event groups. 
  2. Producers act as hosts, managing the attendee viewing experience and controlling the live event stream.
  3. Presenters are your stars - they're the ones presenting audio, video, and/or their screen to the event, as well as moderating the Q&A.
  4. Attendees are your viewers - they watch the event live or on-demand, and can participate in the Q&A.
  5. There are specific license and permissions requirements. Check out Microsoft's Teams Live Events support page for more information

Attendee Experience

  1. Live captions are available and can be translated into six other languages from the presenter's language. 
  2. Audience engagement is achieved through a moderated Q&A on Teams or an integrated experience with Yammer.
  3. Recordings are viewable in Teams, Microsoft Yammer, and/or Microsoft Stream.

Looking Ahead

There are so many great features that have been launched or will be coming soon to Microsoft Teams, including "Together Mode," where users and participants can create virtual environments to simulate locations large and small. Also coming soon: Dynamic View, which enables the sharing of content side by side with participants, as well as enhanced admin control, allowing you to add company branding to meetings and virtual lobbies. 

Want to Know More About Teams Live Events? 

Take a look at our next two posts in this series about Microsoft Teams Live Events broadcast meetings:

Microsoft Teams, Teams Live Events, or EventBuilder Streaming? - A quick take on how to choose the best fit for your event.

Microsoft Teams Live Events: Understand the User Experience - Here we cover what your attendees see and experience when participating in a Teams Live Event, including how to log in on the web, event controls, and potential attendee pitfalls.

Where Does EventBuilder Fit In?

You can create registration pages and collect data for reporting and lead generation using our software product to get the most out of your Teams Live Events. And while Teams Live Events and our streaming console aren't built to work together, our Professional Services are! Dedicated Event Producers can support your Teams Live Events with event, technology, and program management, as well as training for your presenters and live-event attendee assistance. Contact us for a consultation today!

Topics: Microsoft Teams live events

Karen Mares

About Karen Mares

Karen is an Event Producer and the Content Creator here at EventBuilder. She's also a wife, mom, singer, and history nerd.

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