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Published on: Apr 9, 2020

While many are currently hosting remote classes and smaller remote events through Zoom, Penn State’s license for the video conferencing service has a limit of 500 attendees per meeting. However, those wishing to hold larger remote events can do so through another University-provided service: Microsoft Teams.

Live events hosted through Teams can typically accommodate up to 10,000 attendees. Through July 1, this limit has been expanded to 100,000 attendees. Events can be up to four hours in length, do not require attendees to log in to a Penn State Account, and can be recorded with notice to participants.

Creating a live event in Teams can be accomplished by following a few simple steps that are outlined in the Knowledge Base article "Create Live Events in Teams." By default, the creator of the event is the producer, and is able to start and stop the event and control what is shared. The producer and presenters can also share audio, video and their computer screens, as well as moderate question and answer sessions. No other attendees have access to these features.

For questions regarding Teams and how to create and host large live events, contact the Office 365 Team at

News Topics: Microsoft Teams, Zoom