Amid the lockout of last year’s pandemic, Microsoft launched The way collaborators work for their workplace messaging app Teams in an effort to help attendees feel more connected. To use the mode, the meeting should have at least five participants, but it seems that the technology giant wants to make it available even for calls with a smaller number of attendees. As first reported The Verge, people can now use this feature for video calls with at least two participants, as long as they use the Developers Preview version for Teams.
Together, the mode uses AI-based segmentation to put all meeting participants in one virtual space. Its purpose is to make people feel like they are all sitting in the same room and help them see the nonverbal cues of the other participants. The NBA has provided fans with an insight into what that feature can do by creating an atmosphere full of arenas without anyone being physically there.
In December, a few months after the regime was introduced, that is broke on Skype so friends and family can use it for video calls as well. Even then, it had a minimum of five participants, which probably limited its use. Making it available to fewer participants could encourage people to use it more often. Users can switch to Developer Preview by clicking on the ellipse next to their team profile picture and going to the About section. However, some organizations may turn this option off, making it inaccessible to their staff.
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