Microsoft Teams now offers new options for video, audio configurations

The new meeting pre-join experience with additional options for
your video, audio and device configurations has been gradually
rolling out to users running Microsoft Teams version
1.3.00.30866 or newer.

As with most Microsoft rollouts, it could take another week to
hit your device, but Microsoft says it has completed the
rollout and most users should now be able to access it in their
organizations.

As you can see in the screenshot below, the new pre-join screen
in Microsoft Teams allows users to configure their audio, video
(camera) and device settings before joining the meeting.

Teams new pre join UI

You can also choose a background filter, test your camera, turn
on/off your mic, and change your audio preference (PC, phone or
room) before entering the meeting. While most users have
welcomed the move, others have criticized the UI for being too
‘busy’.

In one example, a user said that their teachers were
“overwhelmed by choice and controls” and others were confused
about the new ‘Room’ option in the pre-join screen.

A Microsoft Teams designer from Germany said that they had two
main goals when designing the new pre-join UI. The first is to
give users more clarity about what the options mean and second
is to give users confidence in how they will represent
themselves in their meeting.

“Going forward we’ll suggest the right option at the right
time,” wrote
Dominic, a Microsoft Teams designer in Germany.

This new UI has been designed to unify your settings and
streamline the meeting options, but it’s likely that the tech
giant will make more changes to the interface to improve the
overall experience.

In addition to the new meeting experience,
Microsoft says it will also enable new presenter view for
your PowerPoint presentations in the coming weeks to further
enhance your overall Teams meeting experience.

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