MICROSOFT TEAMS TO GET A NEW AI-BASED NOISE SUPPRESSION FEATURE

Soon users will be able to adjust the background noise using an AI-based feature in Microsoft Teams. The new update will allow Teams to suppress surrounding noise, click of pens, or type on keyboards. Teams already had such a feature, but the underdevelopment feature seen in the firm’s Microsoft 365 roadmap will let users opt for a ‘High’ noise suppression that will effectively bring all background disruptive noises to a minimum during a meeting.

The feature is scheduled for release in November of 2020 and was first spotted by the tech portal Windows Latest. The report added that Microsoft has been working on the feature for quite some time. It even used internal company meetings as the model for developing the noise cancellation update.

The feature will analyze users’ audio feed and use Microsoft’s own deep neural networks to reduce the sound of the unwelcome background sound. The new ‘high’ settings will suppress more noise than ever, and the AI model will keep analyzing the audio feed of users in the background to work properly.

Another video conferencing firm, Zoom, also has a noise suppression feature. Users can go to the audio settings and use the cursor to choose the suppression level they want. Usually, it is set at ‘Auto,’ and users are advised to select the ‘low’ option to optimize music in the video calls.

The new update to the background noise elimination will help both online classroom participants and company meetings. With the increased use of Teams, it is understandable that the firm is making online meetings better. The number of meetings conducted via Microsoft apps has been on the rise, as indicated by CEO Satya Nadella during the June quarter ending. The company had reportedly surpassed five billion meeting minutes in one day, as presented in the earnings call.

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