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Microsoft unveils system-wide video calling upgrades for Windows 11

As part of its hybrid work event, Microsoft some system-wide features designed to improve virtual meetings on . However, some are hardware dependent, so if you have an underpowered machine, they might not necessarily be available on your PC.

Features include auto-framing (which will recenter your camera on you as you move), voice focus, voice clarity, and background blur. An AI-powered feature called eye contact could also make people more present in meetings.

In February, Microsoft started testing a system-wide live captioning feature, which could prove useful for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those for whom a meeting is not in their native language. The technology generates captions for any audio content, including audio from microphones and web-based audio (such as video platforms like Twitch and YouTube).

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The upgrades might sound familiar to those who’ve spent time in video calling apps over the past couple of years. The likes of , , Skype and have tackled issues like ambient noise and background visual distractions.

Microsoft itself rolled out smart camera features for Teams in September and has worked to improve meetings in . Integrating these features at the operating system level, however, should make virtual meetings more accessible and user-friendly for a greater number of people.

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