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Microsoft Teams Rooms AI Speaker Recognition Now Available on All Windows Devices

Microsoft Teams Rooms AI Speaker Recognition Now Available on All Windows Devices

Microsoft Teams Rooms’ AI-powered speaker recognition feature is now available on all Windows devices.

The smart speaker recognition technology can analyze audio characteristics such as speaking style, pitch and tone, which the tech giant calls “voiceprints,” using any type of microphone.

This can help with automatically removing background noise, identifying participants in meeting transcripts, creating Copilot in Teams summaries, and more.

Microsoft announced the news in a recent company blog post: “AI-powered speaker recognition technology is now extended to all Teams Rooms on Windows devices, regardless of microphone type.

“Previously, this was only possible with smart speaker equipment in the room.

Now any Teams Room on Windows can enhance their meeting experience with precise speaker attribution and intelligent insights from Copilot.”

“With our cloud technology, Teams Rooms devices like Surface Hub 3, and other devices approved by our partners, everyone can get recognized and get the most out of Copilot.”

AI-Powered Speaker Recognition

Without speaker recognition, video and audio streams are assigned locations rather than speakers, making it difficult to isolate contributions, summarize individual perspectives, or address action items.

For example, one participant suggests a change of direction in his approach to a project.

If a person is not registered, their voice or speaker recognition is not being used, and a Copilot summary will refer to the participant as “Boardroom 101.”

To find out who made this suggestion, someone would have to comb through the meeting minutes to find out who it was.

In contrast, by enabling speaker recognition, Teams Rooms can not only help identify who is speaking in post-meeting transcripts, but can also display active speaker names in live transcripts. This allows users to easily keep track of who is speaking.

To set up speaker recognition in Teams Rooms, admins simply connect to Teams PowerShell and enable speaker recognition for the Teams meeting policy assigned to their Room. Finally, enable recording for the Teams meeting policy assigned to their users.

Microsoft has provided associated commands that you can use to perform each of these actions.

For many people, biometric data is a serious privacy concern, which Microsoft reassures its customers: “We know that security and privacy are extremely important to organizations. Microsoft takes our commitment to data security, including biometric profiles, very seriously.

Users’ voice and facial data is encrypted both in motion and at rest and is protected by Microsoft’s security and privacy policies and practices.”

“Users’ voice and face data is stored in the same region as Microsoft Teams data, and the storage is GDPR compliant. Users can revoke their voice or face profiles at any time.

“Profiles are automatically deleted when a Teams account is deleted or is left unused for one year. Click here to learn more about our data processing and retention practices.”

Microsoft also announced that this speaker recognition technology will be expanded to Teams desktop for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) meeting spaces later this year.

Next year, Teams Rooms will reportedly be available on Android devices as well.