Microsoft Teams update will save you from this embarrassing meeting mistake

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Having music or other audio playing during a video call can be distracting for attendees and embarrassing for users which is why Microsoft added a noise suppression feature to its video conferencing software (opens in new tab) earlier this year.

This feature is now enabled by default for most users and as a result, any background noise is automatically removed during meetings in Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab).

While you may want music and other background noise to be removed from your speeches and presentations (opens in new tab), this isn't always the case which is why Microsoft also created a high-fidelity music mode (opens in new tab). When enabled, this mode streams the sound from your laptop (opens in new tab) or PC (opens in new tab) including all background sounds in high quality.

Enabling high-fidelity mode

According to a new post (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap (opens in new tab), the software giant has developed a new machine learning (opens in new tab)-based music detector that can let users know whenever music is detected.

Once this feature rolls out in January of 2022, Teams users will see a notification at the bottom of their screen which reads “Music is detected and may be suppressed. Enable High fidelity mode to make sure everyone clearly hears your music” alongside a button to enable high fidelity mode as well as another button to dismiss the notification altogether.

While you still may not want background music to be heard during important business meetings, this feature could be useful for those giving music or even dance lessons over Teams.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.