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Microsoft has announced it has turned on machine language-based noise suppression by default for most Microsoft Teams customers. However, sometimes music isn’t noise but part of the call. Microsoft has announced a new music detection facility will be rolled out in late January through February.

Microsoft Teams now support automatic noise suppression in a move sure to help workers everywhere as they communicate across devices, timezones and locations.

Microsoft's machine language considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise, which ought to be suppressed.

Yet, sometimes noise is the background chatter in a coffee shop or airport, and sometimes it’s the music you play during a virtual music lesson. In the latter case, you don’t want the music removed but you also don’t want to turn off noise suppression entirely.

To solve this Microsoft has announced a new ML-based music detector that will inform the user whenever music is present, and offer the choice of whether to include or exclude the music.

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This is detailed in the Microsoft 365 roadmap as feature ID 89016 and will begin rolling out in late January. Microsoft expects to complete the rollout by mid-February.

 

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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