Microsoft Teams for the web just got these new features

Microsoft has rolled out several useful features for Teams on the web that bring the browser experience a bit closer to the Teams desktop app.

Teams for the web includes custom background effects, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) captioning, as well as Live Captions and Live Transcript, Microsoft announced in a blog post.

These updates follow Microsoft’s addition of Firefox to its list of supported browsers in Teams last month, in addition to Chrome and Edge.

Microsoft added custom backgrounds to the Teams desktop app for Mac and Windows in June 2020: before that, Teams only had blurred backgrounds to give users a bit more privacy during online meetings from their home.

As Microsoft points out, “Blurring or replacing a background may not prevent sensitive information from being visible to others in the meeting.”

Microsoft says these changes to Teams on the web are aimed at small businesses facing “challenges they haven’t faced before.”

By far the top concern for small businesses in America today is inflation, followed by supply chain issues and revenue, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Second Quarter Small Business Index. Worries about the impacts of COVID-19 are fading compared to those about economic headwinds, according to the report.

CART captioning on Teams for the web can be useful for companies that want to use Teams in the browser. This avoids having to view subtitles from a secondary window.

“You can now display captions from a CART (real-time captioning) provider in the Microsoft Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window. Follow what’s being said without having to choose between captions and presentation,” says Microsoft. .

Meeting hosts and attendees can enable CART captions from their meeting options detailed here.

Microsoft enabled live transcription and captioning in Teams for desktop for 27 languages ​​in September 2021, so now that same breadth of language support for both services is available for Teams on the web.

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