Microsoft is rolling out an AI-based noise suppression feature that automatically removes unwanted background noise during Microsoft Teams calls or meetings (via Tom Talks). The feature is being rolled out now gradually for Microsoft Teams desktop users.
Microsoft first announced the real-time noise-suppression functionality back in March 2020, but the feature was added to Teams roadmap in October. The technology uses deep neural networks to analyze the audio feeds and separate human speech signals from the unwelcome noise during Teams meetings.
Microsoft Teams users will be able to access this feature directly from the main Teams window. The process is fairly straightforward:
- Click your profile picture at the top right corner and then select the "Settings" option.
- Choose "Devices" on the left and then select one of the following options: Auto (default), Low, or High, available under the Noise suppression section.
It is important to note that the processor must support Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) to opt for the “high” setting. Users will be able to change this setting at any time, and once changed, the setting should be retained in the next meeting or call. Alex Eggers, Microsoft MVP, created a video that dives deeper into its internal workings with the aforementioned settings.
The arrival of AI-based noise suppression would be an important step for Microsoft Teams, and it should help employees limit the distractions in a remote environment. While the Microsoft 365 Admin Center message indicates that the feature will be generally available for desktop users in mid-December, there is no word on whether or not it will roll out to iOS and Android. If you're interested, feel free to check out Microsoft's documentation to learn more.