Microsoft Teams is getting its own music mode and new meeting controls

Microsoft Teams music mode

Microsoft is working on a new feature called “Music Mode” for
Microsoft Teams that will improve the quality and accuracy of
audio on desktop platforms. Additionally, Microsoft is also
working on new meeting controls for organizers, which are now
rolling out to Teams customers.

Microsoft Teams music feature is an optional feature and it’s
coming to desktop platforms, such as Windows 10, Windows 11,
and macOS. When the optional feature is enabled, Microsoft
Teams will support up to 32 kHz sampling rate mono audio at 128
kbs to improve the overall audio quality.

The music mode aims to optimize the system’s audio processing
settings to enable audio at high fidelity (high-quality
reproduction of sound), Microsoft noted in a roadmap update. In
addition to a high-quality audio experience, Microsoft Teams
will automatically adjust the audio bitrate during your live
meetings and it’ll be based on your internet bandwidth.

If you have a high-speed internet connection, you can expect
better quality. However, Microsoft claims it can automatically
adjust the audio quality and deliver good music quality at 48
kbps too. Of course, you can always customize the feature or
enable advanced options such as echo cancellation or noise
suppression.

Remember that the noise suppression feature is available for
Windows only, as the macOS update has been delayed and it’s
currently expected to debut later this month.

For the best experience, Microsoft says users should not use
Bluetooth-enabled headsets or speakers. If you want to improve
audio quality using Teams music mode, you need to buy a
high-quality external speaker or headset.

According to Microsoft, the speakers inside devices like
Surface Book are enough for music mode.

It’s worth noting that the music mode is not yet ready for
mainstream audiences, but it should begin rolling out in July
or August.

New controls for meeting

For ongoing meetings, Microsoft is introducing a new feature
called “Lock the meeting”.

According to our tests, “Lock the meeting” is now generally
available and is slowly rolling out to more users. As the name
suggests, organizers can now quickly lock and unlock meetings
and decide when someone should be allowed to enter the ongoing
meetings.

This feature is particularly helpful for education institutes.
To use the new feature, meeting organizers need to open the
existing Participants menu and manually select the “Lock the
meeting” option.

When the option is selected, attendees will see the following
message when they try to join the ongoing meeting:

  • This meeting is locked. No one else can join

In addition to these improvements,
Microsoft Teams is also getting support for chat bubbles on
Windows 10, paging on mobile and other quality
improvements.

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