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July 28, 2022

This Microsoft Teams update may eliminate one of the biggest problems with video calls

Microsoft Teams finally gets better camera control

One of the most annoying parts of video calls might finally be fixed soon for Microsoft Teams users.

The company has announced that it is working on a new update that will make it easier for users to turn their webcam on or off during a call.

While this sounds like an obvious feature, Microsoft Teams users have long struggled with an unnecessarily complex process to turn their cameras on or off – something the company says it will now fix.

Microsoft Teams camera

“Instead of fumbling with your mouse or keyboard to open the meeting stage and then pressing the video icon, users can quickly control their video status with a simple click of a button,” the entry for the update in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap reads.

The company adds that the change will come for all certified Teams Peripherals, meaning thousands of companies around the world should be able to use it. However, this does mean that only desktop users will be able to enjoy the new feature when it is released.

Microsoft says that although the feature is still in development, it expects a general release date sometime in July 2022, which means it could arrive in the next few days.

The update is the latest upgrade for Microsoft Teams, as the company seeks to ensure that its platform is as useful and intuitive as possible for users around the world.

The launch follows the launch of a Microsoft AI and machine learning model aimed at improving audio quality during video calls. Trained on 30,000 hours of speech samples, the model’s improvements include echo cancellation, better fitting audio in poor acoustic environments and enabling users to speak and hear simultaneously without interruptions.

The updates are also intended to reduce interruptions or people talking over each other during a conversation. Team conversations will no longer have an uncomfortable echo when someone talks about another participant, which means conversations should be much easier.

Source: TechRadar

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