Microsoft Teams displays get Live captions support for 1:1 calls, new wallpapers, and more

Rabia Noureen

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Microsoft is rolling out new improvements and capabilities for its Teams displays, the all-in-one dedicated Teams devices that allow users to make calls and join meetings on the service. The June 2021 updates aim to personalize the calling and meeting experience to fit the specific preferences of users.

First off, Microsoft Teams displays now support live captions for one-to-one calls. This means that the Teams displays will automatically detect what the speaker is saying during a 1:1 call and shows the text on the participant’s screen in real-time. This feature is ideal for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and it also helps to reduce noise distractions or language barriers. However, this capability is only supported in US English, and it’s not yet avaialble for GCC customers.

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Microsoft Teams meetings across displays are also being improved, with a new setting featuring support for unmuting participants without raising hands. The firm says that this update will help drive engagement and encourage attendees to participate more during virtual meetings. Additionally, there are a bunch of new wallpapers in a variety of designs and colors, which are available for use on the display screen, calendar, and other apps.

Microsoft Teams displays are getting an improved usability experience for advanced calling capabilities. Users will be able to see the status of another colleague along with a couple of quick actions by selecting the new drop-down menu available within the active call indicator icon. The dropdown menu also provides an option to choose the number to be contacted before making a call for people with multiple numbers.

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Microsoft Teams displays are adding support for dual-tone multifrequency (DTMF) in pre-call screens, which can be helpful in auto-attendant scenarios. Finally, Outlook contacts will now show up in the People app on the Teams displays interface, allowing users to quickly reach out to their colleagues. However, this feature only provides an option to see the phone numbers in read-only mode.