Your Microsoft Teams meetings could soon be a lot less chaotic thanks to a series of updates and improvements to the service.

The video conferencing platform has revealed a series of updates aimed primarily at improving the audio quality of Microsoft Teams calls using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In what will be good news for many Microsoft Teams users, the new updates, the result of using a machine learning model trained on 30.000 hours of speech samples, include echo cancellation, better audio tuning in acoustic environments deficient and allow users to speak. and listen at the same time without interruption.

Microsoft Teams Audio

First, Microsoft says its AI can now detect the difference between the sound of a speaker and the user's voice, solving a common problem when a microphone is too close to a speaker, causing sound to play between devices. input and output and create an echo.

Teams can now remove this echo, "without suppressing speech or inhibiting the ability of multiple parties to speak at the same time," the company says.

For those making calls in large rooms, where speech can often echo, Teams now uses a machine learning model to convert the captured audio signal, which now makes users sound like they're speaking into a short-range microphone. scope.

The updates also aim to reduce interruptions or people talking to each other during a call. Teams calls will no longer have an annoying echo when someone is talking about another participant, meaning conversations should flow much more smoothly.

Microsoft says the new updates look to take advantage of some AI-powered features it's already released, including background noise cancellation, and it's also doing AI-based noise cancellation machine learning for Teams customers using Windows (including Breakout Rooms). Microsoft Teams), as well as Mac and iOS users, the default option.

“The past two years have clearly demonstrated how important communication and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams are to keeping operations secure, connected, and productive,” Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams, wrote in a blog post (opens in a new tab ) announcing the updates.

“In addition to bringing new features and capabilities to Teams, we will continue to explore new ways to use technology to make online calls and meetings more natural, resilient and efficient.

Via WindowsLatest (Opens in a new tab)

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