What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams will soon allow people to hide their video during calls and meetings.
- The feature is designed to reduce distraction and to help people focus on other meeting participants.
- Microsoft could roll out the feature as soon as November 2021, though that date could change.
Microsoft Teams is a popular app for video conferencing and communication. Over 250 million people use the app each month. Soon, the app will have the option to hide a person's video feed during calls and meetings.
A person being able to see their video feed can help ensure that they look the way they intend to on camera. It's also handy for spotting anything in the background that might distract other meeting participants. But some people find their own video being on the screen distracting. A new feature listed on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab) will give people the option to hide their own video feed:
When enabled, the feature will hide a person's video feed while leaving it visible to other meeting participants. The listing mentions the feature for the web and desktop versions of Teams.
The feature is listed as in development and has a penciled-in release date of November 2021. Dates on the Microsoft 365 roadmap are always subject to change, so Teams users may have to wait a bit longer to try out the new feature.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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