Microsoft Teams to make calls a little less boring with presenter modes

Microsoft Teams reporter mode

Microsoft today confirmed that it is making generally available
two new capabilities for presenter mode in July. Microsoft
Teams has been designed for different types of meetings and
communication, and the company aims to make it more useful for
fun presentations and webinars.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced presenter mode for
Teams, which is a new feature that can be used to customize the
presentation experience. Microsoft believes that the new
presenter mode could make your meetings a little less boring
when you’re working from home.

For example, Microsoft Teams is getting a new “reporter” mode
that lets you pretend you’re a news reporter during a meeting.
When enabled, this presenter mode lets you display present
content visual aid above the presenter’s shoulder (requires
video access) to make the meeting look like a news segment.

In addition to reporter mode, Microsoft Teams is also getting
support for “side-by-side mode” that would display the video
feed of the presenter and their content at the same time, so
presenters and attendees are always connected.

The new presenter mode experience is built on top of Microsoft
Teams together mode and it uses “AI segmentation technology” to
place the shoulder of the speaker in a virtual news studio, and
it aims to make video conferences more informal to bring
participants together.

The two new presenter modes are coming in June on Windows 10
and macOS. Microsoft is also working on other modes that will
be introduced later this year, including a virtual “Standout”
mode.

Later this year, another presenter mode called “Standout” will
be added, which will display the video feed of the speaker in
front of the shared content.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is not planning to add the “Standout”
capability and other presenter modes to its Teams mobile apps.
On mobile,
Microsoft Teams will get support for webinars, large meeting
layouts, and more.

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