Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro

At InfoComm, Microsoft is announcing several new features and capabilities coming to Teams Rooms and Devices, and Teams Meetings. You can find details on some of those new features below.

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 What’s New for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Teams Meetings at InfoComm 2023

Cloud IntelliFrame for Teams Rooms on Windows will be available to Teams Rooms Pro license users in the upcoming quarter. For rooms that lack a new intelligent camera, Cloud IntelliFrame breaks up the single video feed of the room into a composite view made up of focused and framed video tiles that feature in-room attendees, so remote attendees can better see the faces of everyone in the meeting. IT Admins, and in-room participants can control this feature via the camera control menu on the in-room console.

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For customers with intelligent cameras, the multiple video stream capability and AI-powered active speaker tracking feature is coming soon. With this support, Teams can recognize each speaker in the room by their voice and identify each person in the meeting transcript. Also, with cameras like SmartVision 60, Teams can group in-room participants (who have enrolled and created a Teams face recognition profile) in the roster and label each individual’s video stream with their name.

On Teams Rooms on Android, content cameras will be able to pick up on physical whiteboards and share a zoomed-in view of the whiteboard as an independent video feed. This feature is rolling out this month.

Smart camera controls will be available on Teams Rooms Pro on Android this month. Using this feature, users can adjust framing of the in-room camera from the console for cameras that support these capabilities. Before, these controls needed to be accessed directly through the camera.

On online meetings, the profanity filtering toggle allows users to turn on or off the profanity filtering for live captions. When turned off, live captions and live transcription will display every word as-is, removing any masking or filtering.

Microsoft also announced the following improvements to the live captions experience.

  • For starters, the full speaker name is now displayed above the captions that they are associated with, clearly attributing the right speaker. The default number of lines displayed has increased from 2 to 3 with the ability to expand the window to display additional lines. You can now scroll up through the previous minute of captions in the panel – very handy if you missed what was said or would like to quickly revisit the most recent captions.
  • The captions ‘Settings’ button now opens to a new pane on the right side of the meetings window to easily set Language and Styles configuration. You can specify the current spoken language for the meeting in the Language section of the settings pane. If you have a Teams Premium license, you will also be able to specify the language for live translated captions.
  • The new Style section allows you to apply four different customizations: change the font color, set the height of the caption panel, set the position of the panel, and/or change the font size of your captions. Depending on the chosen height and font sizes, you will be able to get up to an extra 3-4 lines of captions.

Also, the Teams Front Row feature is also getting a big update.

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Front Row will replace each individual’s background with a shared background, and apply a uniform size to each video feed so that remote attendees appear life-sized to participants in the room no matter how far away or close they might be to their cameras.