Microsoft is working on a new feature for its online collaboration platform Teams that will ensure that the service performs consistently regardless of the user’s location.
As indicated in the product roadmap, a new roaming bandwidth control allows administrators to create custom bandwidth policies based on each Teams user’s geographic location.
“This allows administrators to set up more limited bandwidth controls for when users travel to remote locations or locations with limited bandwidth, and then ease restrictions when traveling to a location with higher bandwidth capacity,” Microsoft explains.
The new feature is currently in development, but will be rolled out to all Teams users by the end of May.
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With the rise of teleworking and the exodus from major cities, IT teams had to figure out how to provide the same level of service to employees operating in urban, suburban and rural areas.
The disparity between the internet infrastructure covering these different regions is considerable: some staff have access to high-bandwidth high-speed Internet and others face all kinds of connectivity problems.
However, with the new Teams feature, administrators have an easy method to fix potential performance issues, by setting bandwidth constraints up or down depending on the need.
IT teams will initially have two settings: AllowIPVideo and MediaBitRateKb. The first determines whether the user’s video is turned on, while the latter determines the media bitrate for sharing audio and video during meetings.
The wording of the roadmap item suggests that Microsoft plans to expand this set of options after the first deployment is complete.