Reducing background noise in Microsoft Teams meetings

New Feature: Teams

From Microsoft Corporation

MC224751, Stay Informed, Published date: Oct 21, 2020New feature, User impact

Users with the Microsoft Teams desktop app for Windows will soon see three levels of noise suppression designed to reduce distraction due to noise during meetings.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68694.

When this will happen
We will gradually release this in mid-November and expect to complete the rollout in mid-December.How this will affect your organization

Users can set the noise suppression level before a meeting. Once changed, the setting applies to the next call. 

The four settings are Auto (default), Low, High, and Off. 

They are accessible from the profile image > Settings prior to a meeting and from More options…> Device settings during a meeting.

Noise cancellation

When left on the default setting, Auto, the Teams app sets noise suppression based on ambient sound.

  • Low is designed for persistent background noise like an air conditioner, computer fan, or music.
  • High suppresses all background sound that is not speech; this setting uses more computer resources.
  • Off disables the noise suppression feature.

What you need to do to prepare

You might want to notify your users about this new capability.