There’s onefeature that may give the video chat service an edge over your zany . With , Teams uses AI to digitally place you in a shared background with up to 49 of your coworkers — so it looks and feels more like you’re sitting in the same room with them while meeting remotely, similar to a VR experience.
Together Mode helps you focus on people’s faces and body language, making it easier to pick up on nonverbal cues that often get lost during video conferences. You’ll be able to choose from different views, like sitting in an auditorium or at a conference table. It will also help cut down on video meeting fatigue by making video meetings feel more like in-person ones, Microsoft said in a July blog post announcing the feature.
Together Mode with auditorium view is now generally available. More views will be coming in the future.
Here’s how to use Together Mode, according to a Microsoft demo video:
- Make sure you’re running the most updated version of Teams.
- Start a call in Teams.
- Click the three dots on the toolbar at the top left of the screen.
- Click Together Mode.
The app will then digitally transport you and your coworkers into a digital auditorium together.
Along with Together Mode, Teams rolled out a number of other updates, including a hand-raising and emoji-creating tool, whiteboard support, Cortana integration and transcriptions of meetings.
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