At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced plans to release AI powered speakers for Teams calling. The company will release these devices in a private preview later this year.
These smart speakers will use seven mic arrays to identify up to 10 speakers in a Microsoft Teams room. Speakers will use AI to enter the names and timestamps of these 10 people into the live meeting transcript. So even if you can’t see certain people, you will be able to identify who is currently speaking through the live transcript.
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The company has said that you can turn off attribution for privacy reasons at any time.
Along with the announcement of smart speakers, Microsoft said it will start certifying which hardware is best suited for hosting and attending Teams-based meetings.
In its first batch, the company put its stamp of approval on the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor, Poly Studio P21 Monitors, Poly P15 Video Bar (which converts existing monitors to a Teams endpoint) and Cam130 d camera. ‘Aver.
This is not a new practice, as Zoom also has a page dedicated to recommended equipment for use with its conferencing service.
Microsoft did not detail the prices of its smart speakers, but announced that they will be released in limited quantities later in 2021.
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Published March 2, 2021 – 14:00 UTC