The latest feature for Microsoft Teams will be music to your ears
Microsoft will soon roll out a music mode for Teams. The feature should improve the quality of music during calls and meetings in Microsoft Teams. In music mode, Teams will automatically adjust its audio bitrate based on the bandwidth available.
Music might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to Microsoft Teams, but as people continue to communicate remotely, they'll try to share different experiences over the web. People might want to share a concert over Teams for consumers or set up hold music on a Teams meeting or call.
The description of music mode for Teams is a bit lengthy compared to normal Microsoft 365 roadmap entries:
In music mode, we support up to 32 kHz sampling rate mono audio at 128 kbps, and optimize our internal audio processing settings for reproducing music with high fidelity. Teams will automatically adjust the audio bitrate based on the available bandwidth, going down to 48 kbps while still delivering good music quality. We also provide users the option to turn off components such as echo cancellation, noise suppression, and gain control if needed. To benefit from this improved fidelity, professional microphones and headphones or high quality external loudspeakers are ideal (no Bluetooth headsets). Built-in microphones and speakers on laptops such as the Surface Book will also deliver good experience.
In addition to improving the quality of music, the feature allows people to turn off certain components, including echo cancellation, noise suppression, and gain control