Microsoft Teams finally supports spatial audio, but there are some caveats that you should know about.
– Microsoft Teams has added support for spatial audio in its software, providing a more realistic meeting experience by separating individual participants' voices.
– Spatial audio replicates in-person meetings, reduces meeting fatigue, and improves cognitive load by perceiving the audio location of each participant.
– This feature is currently available for Teams desktop users and can be enabled through Settings > Devices in Teams.
Limitations regarding hardware compatibility include primary support for wired stereo headsets, some wireless headsets with a USB dongle, and stereo-open speakers
– Bluetooth headsets are not supported yet due to protocol limitations, but upcoming Bluetooth standards may enable this feature.
– In meetings with over 100 participants, some may be transferred to a satellite server that currently does not support spatial audio. However, this will be improved in the future.
– Music mode currently supports sending audio with spatial technology, but receiving mode support is planned for upcoming releases.
– Live Interpretation mode allows hearing audio from different directions but at the same amplitude, and Microsoft aims to add individual volume controls in the future to enhance this feature.
– Users with wired stereo headsets in regular meetings can fully leverage spatial audio, but those in specialized use-cases may have a limited experience for now.