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Microsoft Teams will soon fix this annoying issue on video calls

Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard
Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft plans to add a toggle to Microsoft Teams to flip how your video feed looks.
  • Right now, your video feed appears mirrored for yourself while not being mirrored for others, which can cause confusion.
  • Some report a bug that causes the mirrored image to appear for people on the other end of a call as well.

Microsoft Teams will soon allow you to toggle your video feed between being mirrored and not being reflected. Right now, when looking at your own video feed, the image is mirrored. Even though your feed appears without being mirrored to other people, the reflected feed can cause confusion.

Teams user Darren Olah explains in a UserVoice post that a mirrored video feed causes text to appear backwards and for images to look incorrect. A Microsoft engineer named Alex explains that "Your meeting attendees receive a non-mirrored video including the image of you and any text, whiteboards, etc. The image and video in your Call Monitor screen is shown to you only, as if you were looking in a mirror."

A comment on the post by Eduardo says that it would be useful for people to see themselves correctly since the mirrored feed "causes confusion [especially] when we [add] a background [picture]." Eduard adds that, "No one wants to go to a larger audience by thinking something will go wrong."

The Microsoft engineer states that the option to toggle video feeds between being mirrored and not being mirrored is on the way.

While Teams supports a virtual whiteboard and digital presentations, some people prefer to use a physical whiteboard or other mediums while presenting through Teams. Seeing your own feed as a mirrored image could easily cause a person to think that others see images backwards.

It appears that separate from people seeing themselves reflected, some people's video feeds do appear mirrored for others. The Microsoft engineer does not address this issue in the forum.

Sean Endicott
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