Teams have become such an industry standard that it now becomes necessary to prove that they do not block the competition. Every day it incorporates new features and is essential for all users. On this occasion, we see how Teams is less exclusive than ever by also integrating the ability to offer a sign language view.
Sign language is now available in Teams
Microsoft Teams now offers a new sign language view for meetings. The new accessibility feature will allow people who are deaf or hard of hearing, interpreters or other meeting participants who use sign language to remain alert during all meetings.
The new sign language display for Teams meetings will be able to display video feeds of interpreters and other signers in an area large enough for sign language to be visible. Enabling the sign language display is personal, indicating that it will not affect other meeting participants.
“With sign language display enabled, video feeds from people you designate will remain visible in the center as long as their video is enabled. Other participants can also be pinned or highlighted without overwhelming the sign language interpreter,” Microsoft explained.
Before sign language display was available, meeting organizers had to manually set up interpreters and enable subtitles for each meeting. The new sign language view greatly simplifies this experience. And meeting planners can also select favorite artists to present at each meeting.
Sign language viewing is currently available in public preview in Teams. Microsoft expects it to be available to all desktop users in the coming weeks. “These features are just the beginning, a step on a much longer path”Microsoft also said in the announcement.