Microsoft Teams gets distraction-free calls support – here’s how to enable it

Microsoft Teams noise suppression

With an enormous number of people working and learning from
home, Microsoft is now rolling out a new AI-based feature that
will make your calls in Microsoft Teams distraction-free.

This feature was first announced earlier this year and it’s
finally rolling out to everyone, according to our own tests.

Microsoft Teams can now use advanced ‘noise-suppression’
feature to potentially remove the annoying environmental noises
we often hear in online meetings. With the new noise
suppression feature on supported hardware, you can completely
eliminate background noise.

A Microsoft source, who wished to remain anonymous, told us the
company has been using artificial intelligence technology
internally to teach Microsoft Teams to automatically reduce
background noise for voice chats and meetings.

Microsoft now wants to give you greater control over noise
suppression with these new options:

  • Auto: This would be the default suppression mode of Teams
    and Microsoft will automatically select the best level of
    noise suppression based on local noise.
  • Low: Low option, which is optional, will suppress noise
    produced by your computer fan, table fan, or air conditioner.
    This option works best when you’re playing music in the
    background.
  • High: Suppresses all background sound that isn’t a speech
    or produced by a human, such as a dog barking in the
    neighbourhood, typing noise, etc.
  • Off: Turns off noise suppression completely and it’s
    suitable for high-quality microphones in a low noise
    environment.

How to reduce background noise in Microsoft Teams

To reduce background noise in Microsoft Teams using noise
suppression, follow these steps:

  1. Open Teams and click on your profile icon.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select ‘Devices’.
    Enable noise suppression
  4. Under ‘Noise suppression’, select ‘High’ if available or
    ‘Auto’.

The ‘High’ impression mode filters out all background noise,
such as pen-clicking, a creaking of the sound of chips, or any
other unnatural noise.

In our tests, we observed that this feature works great, but it
requires support for Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) in
your computer’s processor. For some reasons, you cannot use
this feature when the meeting is being recorded.

The new distracting-free calls feature currently works in
Microsoft Teams for Windows only and we don’t know when it’ll
arrive on mobile devices.

In the coming weeks, Microsoft will also begin rolling out

multiple accounts and praise badges support in Teams for
desktop.

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