Microsoft Teams audio upgrade coming later this year

Microsoft Teams is getting a new feature that will
significantly improve the quality and accuracy of your audio if
you fed music into your meetings or webinars. This feature is
officially called “music mode” and it aims to transmit high
fidelity music to improve online music lessons, music
performances, or other non-speech content.

Microsoft is now planning to launch the feature in late August
and rollout is expected to be complete by the mid of next
month. For GCC-high and DoD users, Microsoft is planning to
complete the rollout in October.

When the optional music mode is enabled, Microsoft Teams will
automatically adjust the audio bit rate based on the available
bandwidth. For example, it can drop to 48 kbps without
affecting the audio/music quality, and users will also have the
option to enable or disable features like echo cancellation,
noise suppression, etc.

Microsoft Teams music mode will optimize internal audio
processing settings and it could significantly improve music
quality or video streaming in meetings. To enable music mode,
simply navigate to Settings > Device Settings and turn on
high fidelity music mode, as shown in the below screenshot.

Microsoft Teams music mode setting

The feature modifies internal audio processing settings and it
needs to be configured before joining the meeting. Settings
cannot be changed within the meeting. Once in the meeting, you
can turn on the feature by tapping on the icon is located at
the top of the Microsoft Teams’ Ubar.

Teams music mode

It’s worth noting music mode is not for everyone and it should
be used when you’ve to fed music or non-speech content into the
meeting. For normal meetings, Microsoft recommends regular
audio settings to conserve bandwidth. However, if you’re
streaming video with music, music mode can be enabled.

For the best experience, Microsoft recommends using a wired
connection rather than wireless.

System audio sharing for macOS

According to the updated roadmap, the Microsoft Teams system
audio sharing feature for macOS will begin rolling out to all
users in early August and rollout will be complete by early

Using this feature, macOS users can finally share a video with
sound when the audio is playing from speakers. This may require
a one-time installation of an audio driver.

Microsoft has also started rolling out native notification
support for macOS users, and Windows 11 users are getting a
new Teams experience called “Teams 2.0”. For everyone else,
Microsoft is believed to be working on new meeting controls,
Office desktop integration, and more.

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