Microsoft hosted its annual Ignite conference for developers and IT professionals. At this event, the tech giant announced new changes and features for multiple products and services including Windows, Microsoft 365 and Azure. Microsoft has also announced several new updates for its Slack-like collaboration and messaging service, Teams. One of the key highlights is the AI-driven noise reduction feature. Microsoft has started the initial rollout of this voice isolation feature can not only reduce repetitive noise in the background but can also decrease the voices of other people in the meeting. Microsoft Teams is also getting another AI-based feature “decorate your background” feature. With this feature, users can virtually enhance the room they are working from by cleaning up clutter or adding plants to the wall.
Microsoft Teams new AI features: Availability and other details
The “decorate your background” feature in Microsoft Teams will allow users to choose different types of enhancements to their work environments. This feature will be available for Teams Premium users starting in early 2024.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has already started rolling out the voice isolation feature. This feature will also be generally available in early 2024.
Microsoft Teams immersive spaces: What is it
Microsoft has also announced that immersive spaces will be available in Teams. This feature will be generally available in January 2024. Immersive spaces will allow Teams users to create avatars to attend these meetings within various 3D environments.
With this feature, users can also play interactive games, roast virtual marshmallows and even throw beanbags to relax virtually. The tool that will needed to create these immersive spaces, Microsoft Mesh, will also be generally available in January 2024.
Other features coming to Microsoft Teams
Teams users will get other notable features like customisable emoji reactions and the ability to forward chats. The platform will also enable users to create a group chat profile picture and even add a private second phone number for a select set of callers.
The video conferencing platform is also adding new keyboard shortcuts. For example, users can use the Alt+Shift+D shortcut to set their status to Do Not Disturb. Microsoft is also introducing some new tools for IT to manage teams more effectively.
Earlier this year, the company launched a revamped the Teams app on Windows and Mac. Now, the web experience available on browsers like Edge and Chrome will also include some of these changes. Microsoft has also promised to the video calling app will offer double the performance while using 50% less memory.
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