Being bombarded by echoes and interruptions in a Microsoft Teams meeting could soon be over, thanks to a series of updates and improvements to the service.
The video conferencing platform has unveiled a series of updates primarily aimed at improving audio quality in Microsoft Teams calls using AI 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 poor acoustic environments, and allow users to speak and listen at the same time without interruption.
Microsoft Teams Audio Update
First, Microsoft says its AI can now detect the difference between the sound of a speaker and the user’s voice, fixing a common issue when a microphone is too close to a speaker causing the sound to fall into loop between the input and output devices and create an echo.
Teams is now able to eliminate 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 reverberate and echo a little, Teams now uses a machine learning model to convert the captured audio signal, making it appear as if users are speaking into a microphone. short range.
The updates are also aimed at reducing interruptions or people talking over each other on a call. Teams calls will no longer have a weird echo when someone talks over another participant, which means conversations should flow much more smoothly.
Microsoft says the new updates seek to build on some AI-based features already released, including background noise suppression, and it’s also doing machine learning-based noise suppression for Teams customers using Windows (including Microsoft Teams), as well as Mac and iOS Users, the default option.
“The past two years have made clear the importance of communication and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams to keep operations secure, connected and productive,” Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams, wrote in a statement. blog post (opens in new tab) announcing updates.
“In addition to bringing new features and capabilities to Teams, we will continue to explore new ways to use technology to make online calling and meeting experiences more natural, resilient and efficient.
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