Microsoft is expanding Teams Live Events and expanding Town Hall features

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Microsoft today announced new plans for its digital event platforms Teams. Firstly, they will continue to support Teams Live Events for longer. Second, they will work faster on the newer City Hall solution. The major tech company first showed off the Town Hall in September 2023 and said it would replace Teams Live Events. Based on customer feedback, Microsoft now plans to support Teams Live Events until the new Town Hall platform gets full features, including those below.

  • Engagement options (select Q&A features: voting, filters, sorting and archiving questions; export questions to CSV\download Q&A report)
  • Device capabilities (MTR-W support for presenters and participants and CVI and VDI support)
  • Advanced production experiences such as the producer role, spooling of shared content, and preview scenes.

With this change, customers can upgrade from Live Events to Town Hall on their own schedule. Yes, they can schedule Teams Live Events instances after September 30, 2024, the previously announced end date for Teams Live Events.

City Hall will receive several improvements in the coming months. People participating will soon have the chance to share their thoughts and participate through live comments, chat during the stream, and presenters can talk to the audience through the Raise Hand feature. More advanced tools such as the producer role, setting up shared content in the queue, and support for scene viewing are also coming to town hall meetings. This brings new ways to better handle events.

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