Late last year,
Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 was updated with a noise
suppression feature. The same feature is now heading to
Teams for macOS and rollout is expected to complete by the end
of August, according to a statement from Microsoft.
Noise suppression is an AI-based technology that can identify
your voice and filter out sounds of chewing, smacking, and your
dog’s barking. When the feature is enabled, your co-workers can
have the crispest snacks and Teams will automatically filter
out the annoying sounds.
To enable the noise suppression feature, simply open Settings
> Device and toggle noise suppression. As you see in the
below screenshot, there are four settings for noise suppression
Auto (enabled by default), Low, High, and Off. When the default
setting “auto” is in use, noise suppression will be based on
You can switch to Low mode when you want to filter out
persistent background noise like an air conditioner.
If you want to get the most out of noise suppression, you need
to enable “High” mode, which suppresses all background sound
that is not a human speech. This feature could be
resources-intensive and it’s currently not available on MacBook
with an M1 processor for unknown reasons.
“We will begin rolling this out in late April and expect to
complete rollout in late August. The high setting is
unavailable for Mac Users with M1 Arm Processor,” Microsoft
In addition to noise suppression,
Microsoft is also bringing native notifications support for
Teams on Mac. After the update enables native
notifications, users will be able to see their Teams
notifications in the operating system’s notification center
as other apps do in macOS.
For this feature, Microsoft says MacBook must be running macOS
10.14 or higher. If you don’t like the macOS notification
system, you can always turn off the feature. In fact, Microsoft
has said that it won’t change notification settings without a
Other improvements coming to Teams
Microsoft also confirmed that
Teams will get a new feature called “Dynamic View” that
will allow users to customize the appearance of the
presentation screen. For example, users will be able to change
the location of the participants panel and notes when doing
presentation via Teams.