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Microsoft adds new features like live captions and spotlight to improve user experience

Microsoft adds new features like live captions and spotlight to improve user experience
The Siliconreview
06 November, 2020

Microsoft has added new features like live captions with speaker attribution in Teams so that users can see who is speaking and what is being said. Also, Teams Rooms will now support the spotlight feature in Teams meetings, which enables the organizer or presenter to select a video feed as the spotlight for all attendees. Once selected, it will be the main video shown to all participants, where they can focus.

The technology company has also introduced new features in Teams to improve user experience in meetings, calling, chat, and collaboration. Meeting organizers and presenters will be now be allowed to stop attendees from unmuting during the meeting and enable specific attendees to unmute when they raise their hands, Microsoft said. Users can also pin any message in a channel, and it will appear in the channel information pane for all members of the channel to see.

Meetings and call recordings in Teams can be stored in OneDrive for Business or in SharePoint and shared with guests or external users. Users can create a shareable link for any file stored in Teams, set the appropriate permissions to share them. Meeting or event organizers and teachers can easily download a participant report after the meeting to manage attendance, Microsoft said. Teams will also enable teachers to review and grade assignments without any bias.