Microsoft is introducing a slew of new features to its video conferencing platform Microsoft Teams.

Couple of weeks after Microsoft improved the AI-based noise cancellation feature for Teams, Microsoft has now announced few new features including live captions with speaker attribution, a meeting log, the ability to pin messages or individual feeds, and more.

Most new features deal with meetings, calls, chats and collaboration, as well as the launch of the new “App Spotlight” segment.

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Live titles with a speaker attribution are the most highlighted feature. This will show subtitles to participants when anyone talks along with the name of the speaker.

This feature can be enabled with the ‘Turn on Live Captions’ function in the call configuration. Furthermore, teams can now pin the video feed of any individual to all participants.

After this has been pinned down, the person is known as the ‘scene’ and is for all participants the principal video.

It refers to PC , Mac, and smartphone users of Microsoft Teams (view only).

Another new feature will help organisers and speakers to stop unwavering participants during the event and will make it easier for those participants to unwaver while raising their hands.

For online conferences and classes, this feature has been introduced which provides the lecturer or speaker with control over who speaks.

Moreover, a read-only mode is available for Teams from Microsoft whiteboard. This allows users to either view the digital whiteboard in read-only mode or to edit and cooperate with others when access is granted.

Microsoft has also said that meetings of teams and call recordings are now available in either OneDrive or SharePoint stores.

The video conferencing tool may also download a summary of the participant from the conference organisers to see the number of participants attended.

In addition to all these modifications, Microsoft has announced its policy changes to make IT administrators better monitor how Microsoft teams handle video.

Microsoft has now expanded the Allow IP video policy to stop both outgoing and inbound videos as needed, although the current policy can only be set to prevent outgoing videos.


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