One of the most annoying parts of video calling may soon finally be fixed for Microsoft Teams users.
The company announced that it is working on a new update that will make it easier for users to turn their webcam on or off while on a call.
Although it seems like an obvious feature, Microsoft Teams users have long struggled with an unnecessarily complex process for turning their cameras on or off – something the company says it will now fix.
Microsoft Teams Camera
“Instead of fumbling with your mouse or keyboard to bring up the meeting stage and then pressing the Video icon, a simple click of a button will allow the user to quickly check their video status,” said the hall (opens in a new tab) for the update in the official Microsoft 365 roadmap reads.
The company adds that the change will come to all certified Teams devices, which means thousands of companies around the world should be able to use it. This, however, means that only desktop users will be able to take advantage of the new feature when it is released.
Microsoft says that while the feature is still in development, it expects a general release date of July 2022, which means it could arrive in the next few days.
The update is the latest upgrade to Microsoft Teams as the company seeks to ensure its platform is as useful and intuitive as possible for users around the world.
The launch follows the launch of a Microsoft AI and machine learning model aimed at improving the audio quality of video calls. Trained on 30,000 hours of speech samples, model enhancements include echo cancellation, better audio tuning in poor acoustic environments, and the ability for users to speak and hear at the same time without interruption.
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 speaking over another participant, meaning conversations should flow much more smoothly.