The desktop version of Microsoft Teams will have a new feature that allows Mac users to share system audio with other meeting participants. Until now, this capability has been limited to the Windows client, but that is starting to change. The company has announced that the update has been rolled out to Mac users worldwide (via Windows Central).
The ability to share system audio is a highly requested feature for Mac devices, and it allows other people to hear the sound of a video or audio clip playing on the presenter’s screen. This functionality can be very useful for business and educational customers who want to share YouTube videos and other content during remote brainstorming sessions.
It is important to note that this feature requires a one-time installation of an audio driver on Mac devices. The prompt appears when a user selects the “Including computer sound” option available in the Share Content box in a Teams meeting. The installation takes about 10 seconds, and users see a notification at the top of their meeting buttons.
There is also an option to share system audio after the user has started sharing their screen. To do this, users must navigate to the top of the meeting window and click the “Including Computer Sound” icon in the sharing controls (as shown below).
Note that the feature will be gradually rolled out to production and GCC tenants and is expected to be publicly available by the end of this month. In the meantime, early adopters can still get their hands on it by switching to the Microsoft Teams public preview program.