The biggest Zoom rival in the videoconferencing arena, Microsoft Teams, launches a new feature that will surely heighten the war between the two platforms. Microsoft is bringing an AI-controlled, real-time noise suppression mode to the videoconferencing service.
If you are using Microsoft Teams for work video meetings or simply for catching up with friends and family, it is paramount to have clear audio. However, it is impossible to achieve a studio-like environment when you are working at home or even in your office. Unwanted background noises can be distracting in Microsoft Teams video meetings.
The noise suppression feature on Microsoft Teams works by analyzing an individual’s audio feed and uses specially trained deep neural networks to filter out the noise and only retain human speech. The AI-based approach promises better performance in filtering out and reducing noises better than just removing simple stationary noise sources such as a consistent fan noise or the sound of a vacuum cleaner.
The new system learns the difference between speech and unnecessary noise. It is able to cut out and cancel various non-stationary noises, such as keyboard typing, food wrapper crunching, children playing loudly, or the construction noise nearby.
How to Enable and Use Noise Suppression Mode on Microsoft Teams Meetings
To enable the feature on Windows 10, follow these steps:
Enable Noise Suppression from the Main Microsoft Teams Window
- Open the Microsoft Teams desktop app on your Windows 10 PC.
- Go to Settings by selecting the profile picture at the top right corner.
- Choose Devices option and select Auto, High or Low under the “Noise suppression” drop-down menu.
Auto (default) – The Teams app decides on the best level of noise suppression based on local noise.
High – Suppresses all background sound that isn’t speech.
Low – Suppresses low levels of persistent background noise, such as a computer fan or air conditioner. Use this setting for playing music.
Off – Noise suppression is disabled. Use this setting for high-fidelity microphones in low noise environments.
Enable Noise Suppression from Microsoft Teams Meeting Window
- Click on the More options in your meeting controls.
- Next, select Device settings.
- Under Noise suppression section, select an option as mentioned above.
Note: If your device is using too much of its resources during a call, the setting may fall back to Low.
Once done, the built-in AI system will now analyze your audio feed and remove any unwanted background noise during a Teams video meeting.
How do you find this new feature from Microsoft Teams? Were you able to compare it side-by-side with Zoom’s existing noise-cancellation feature? Tell us what you think in the comments below.