One of the worst part of video calls could soon be eliminated for Microsoft Teams users thanks to a new update coming to the service.
The video conferencing (opens in new tab) platform has revealed it is working on a new feature that will let users hide their own video feed whilst on a call.
This means that Microsoft Teams users will no longer be confronted with the sight of their own face pretending to pay attention (or losing focus), instead just letting them view other co-workers.
Microsoft Teams video
"Currently, the user's video is displayed at the bottom right corner of the meeting screen," the official entry on the Microsoft 365 roadmap reads (opens in new tab). "This feature allows users to hide their own video during a meeting. This will help reduce distractions during the call while still having your video available for other participants."
The feature is currently shown as "in development" in Microsoft's roadmap, but the entry does claim a projected release date of January 2022. When it does arrive, the feature is set to be available to all Microsoft Teams users worldwide across web and desktop versions.
The update is one of the latest in a series of features announced by Microsoft as it looks to help Teams users increase productivity and efficiency as the era of hybrid working shows no sign of abating.
This includes the recent announcement that Microsoft Teams will soon allow users to mute notifications whilst they are in a video conferencing meeting or don't want to be disturbed.
This should mean an end to distracting notifications or alerts when you’re in the middle of an important meeting.
Recent data collected by software firm StarLeaf found almost all (97%) businesses say that tools such as Zoom, Webex and Teams are now essential to their operations.
More than half (57%) of the 2,000 UK-based respondents claim their company would not be able to operate for more than an hour without access to their communications tools, while 27% admitted they would struggle to function for even 30 minutes.
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