What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams will soon allow people to hide their own video feeds during meetings.
- The feature could roll out as soon as January 2022, but that is not a firm release date.
- Other participants within a meeting will still be able to see the hidden video feed if a person's camera is enabled.
Microsoft Teams shows the video feed of a participant in the bottom right corner of the screen during meetings and calls. This is a useful feature for checking that a camera is set up correctly, but it can also be a distraction. Soon, Microsoft Teams will allow people to hide their own video during a meeting.
The feature is currently set to arrive this month, but that date is subject to change. The Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab) outlines the feature:
When enabled, this feature will hide a person's video from their own view while continuing to show the feed to other meeting participants.
For those that would like to see themselves more during a Teams call rather than less, Microsoft is working on the option for a user to pin their own video feed during meetings. That choice is also set to come out this month, though it could be bumped back to a later date.
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As an added option, seems like a good feature. That said, I like that I can see my own face. I hope that's not just my ego. :-) It helps me mind my posture, facial expressions, etc. This in turn helps ensure that I maintain a professional visual demeanor to other people on the call. As long as it can be positioned near the camera, the people on the other end of the call can't tell I might be looking at myself. I don't generally look at my picture while other people are talking (probably looking at the person speaking), but I find it helpful to keep me focused when I'm the one talking.
I would like an option to tag where the camera is relative to the monitor(s) and have Teams always show the current speaking person (currently gets highlighted, so we know Teams does know who is speaking) near the camera. On most systems the camera is centered above the monitor, for some it's at the bottom, for others, the person may have a small tripod camera off to the side. Also, unless running full screen (I never run anything full screen on my desktop computer), even if the camera is centered relative to the monitor, the window may not be centered, so knowing the camera's position relative to the monitor and the window's position relative to the monitor allows moving the speaker image around the outer edge of the Teams window as needed. This way, everyone would always appear to be looking at the speaker (assuming the people are actually looking at the video of the speaker).
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