Microsoft Teams Includes Spatial Audio for Conference Calls

Microsoft Teams includes spatial audio for conference calls for a more immersive experience. This means that you can now make use of your PC speakers or even a wired headset for your conference calls. But however, Bluetooth earbuds and headphones are a no-go for now.

Microsoft Teams Spatial Audio

Microsoft Teams Spatial Audio

After a couple of months of testing the feature, Microsoft has now widely rolled out spatial audio for its Teams desktop app on both Windows and macOS. Very much similar to what Apple has reportedly done with FaceTime, the implementation of Microsoft of spatial audio makes it so that the voices of everyone on a call sound very much like they are more spread out, with each person in question having a distinct position simply based on where they are on screen.

“Teams Spatial Audio aligns the perceived audio location of each participant with their video representation to make it easier for users to track who is speaking, to understand better when multiple speakers are speaking at the same time, and to lower meeting fatigue and cognitive load,” Microsoft’s Hong Sodoma reportedly wrote.

Microsoft Spatial Audio and Bluetooth Earbuds and/or Headphones

But Microsoft on the other hand has however hit a wall when it comes to spatial audio and Bluetooth earbuds and/or headphones, well, at least for now. “Please note that you will need a stereo-capable device such as wired headsets or stereo-capable laptops,” Sodoma stated. “Bluetooth devices are currently not supported due to protocol limitations. Next generation LE Audio with stereo-enabled Bluetooth devices will be supported.”

If it is that your wireless headphones do connect via a USB dongle, then you just might also be able to take advantage of the spatial audio feature. It is purely-Bluetooth devices that can’t do so for the time being.

Everything You Need To Know About LE Audio

LE Audio as you should know is still very much in its infancy and must be supported both by the source device as well as the audio accessory. You should also know that select earbuds from Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, EarFun, and other manufacturers in the market have already been updated to be compatible with this new update. Windows 11 back in May, gained support for Bluetooth LE. So in the next coming months, hopefully, Teams’ spatial audio will begin working wirelessly with some of the earbuds mentioned above.

Is Microsoft’s Own Bluetooth Gadgets Getting LE Audio Anytime Soon

You just shouldn’t count on any of Microsoft’s very own Bluetooth gadgets getting LE Audio anytime soon. Remember the Surface Earbuds? Yes, we never got to see a sequel for those, so I’m kind of guessing that sales were on the disappointing side. But even the Surface Headphones 2 on the other hand, which I quite enjoyed, haven’t gotten a successor too either.

And this is where it really pays to have a working ecosystem in place as Apple has been offering spatial audio across its platforms for some time now, but hopefully LE Audio will however gain some serious momentum as we get to head into the fall.



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