Microsoft continues to improve the remote meeting experience in Microsoft Teams with better camera support and other improvements that allow you to stay in meetings 24/7 if you want.
Following the rollout of Together mode last year and a vision for the future of meetings earlier this year, Microsoft Teams will soon be updated to support intelligent cameras. These cameras will be provided by partners such as Jabra, Neat, Poly and Yealink and will enable AI-powered active speaker tracking, multiple video streams and people recognition.
These are the type of cameras that can deliver on some of Microsoft’s promises for the future of meetings, allowing meeting room cameras to use audio, facial gestures, and gestures to detect who is in a room and speaking. These cameras are designed to improve and bridge the gap between remote and office meetings as more and more companies seek a balance between the two.
Microsoft Teams on mobile will also be updated with quick access to chat, live responses, and the Microsoft Whiteboard. This updated companion mode also provides easier access to controls like mute or camera on/off and will be available “in the coming months,” according to Microsoft.
Speaker Coach, an AI-powered Teams feature that monitors your pace during meetings, is coming in early 2022, and automatic lighting fixes for Teams video meetings are coming in the coming months.
Microsoft is also bringing Microsoft Teams to Apple CarPlay this month, so you can participate in Teams conversations while driving. You can participate hands-free in conversations on the go with Siri, but it seems that you only join in audio mode to prevent video from being a distraction.
However, it’s not just Teams that get meeting improvements. Microsoft is also bringing a new Cameo feature to PowerPoint that allows you to integrate a Teams camera into your presentation slide deck. Coming in early 2022, Cameo is designed with remote presentations in mind.