Zoom has been the most widely used video conferencing application since the start of the pandemic because of its amazing free video calling feature that helps people connect with each other from every part of the world. However, the only drawback Zoom has is its 40-minute video call limit due to which the meeting ends as soon as 40 minutes are completed and the users have to rejoin the meeting. Microsoft took advantage of Zoom’s restriction and made its Team video calling free for all day.
Zoom’s competitors had been having a tough time during the pandemic as the majority of the people preferred Zoom over any other calling software. But now when people are starting to frustrate over the 40-minute limit, Microsoft has come forward with an appealing offer of all day long video calling that too for free.
Furthermore, in order to connect to the call, you won’t be required to have a Microsoft account or download Microsoft apps, your web browser will be enough to join the call. On Microsoft Team’s ‘Together Mode’, users will be allowed to add up to 49 friends in one call.
With Thanksgiving only a week away, and since Zoom has already announced to temporarily lift its 40-minute limit for video conference calls on Thanksgiving, it seems pretty clear that Microsoft is trying to compete with Zoom. Amongst all the competitors, none had their video call limits lifted except for Zoom (temporarily though) and Microsoft Teams now. Microsoft made efforts to take over Skype as well, but people already forgot that an application named Skype ever existed.
Microsoft Team requires a Microsoft Account of the meeting host only. Once the host has created a meeting, they can share the meeting link with their friends and family so that they can join the call via a web browser without having to create or sign in to a Microsoft Account.