Microsoft Teams gets custom layouts, new Together ‘scenes’

Microsoft will allow Groups customers to overlay a presenter’s video feed when exhibiting content material comparable to slides – a part of its goal to reinforce conferences because the selection of video calls rockets all over the pandemic.  

The function, due out later this yr, is amongst a handful of updates to the Groups collaboration platform unveiled at Microsoft’s Ignite convention Tuesday. The corporate additionally highlighted improvements to office-based assembly gear and new features to advertise worker wellbeing.

The customized layouts function we could customers position a video feed of a gathering presenter onto the foreground of a PowerPoint presentation,  due to the similar synthetic intelligence  segmentation generation utilized in Groups background blur and In combination mode. This may occasionally allow assembly members to view the presenter’s hand and face gestures, in addition to permit for climate forecaster-style highlighting of content material.  

“It is nearly like putting in the room, in a bodily sense, for the way I will be able to provide and what I’ve to turn you, and that truly will get previous this concept that the whole thing needs to be the similar with only a Brady Bunch view and a complete bunch of squares,” mentioned Jared Spataro, company vp for Microsoft 365, all over a pre-recorded briefing.

There also are adjustments to the In combination mode, first introduced in July, together with new  “scenes” later this yr that may mimic convention rooms and occasional retail outlets. The power to robotically scale and heart members of their digital “seats” will likely be added; that is designed to assist in making the digital revel in extra actual when persons are sitting too a ways from their cameras, Microsoft mentioned.

Different video options come with the addition of breakout rooms – a extremely asked function additionally because of arrive through the top of 2020. 

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