A month ago we saw how Microsoft was preparing a mode for Teams by which the application would have a less gluttonous consumption of bandwidth in video calls, a kind of “economy” mode. An option that will not arrive alone, since it has also announced changes to reduce data consumption.
With the rise of video calls, whether for leisure or work, networks and network connections have been put to the test by the pandemic. This is why companies, such as Microsoft, are working to optimize the performance of the tools and applications they are launching on the market.
Along with the reduced data mode for Microsoft Teams that allows users to limit the amount of data to be used during Teams video calls, now comes another mode that makes it possible to change performance based on network availability.
With this new feature unveiled in the company’s roadmap, it will be up to administrators to set bandwidth policy changes based on the geographic location of Teams users.
In this way, the connection adapts if a person is in an environment (country, region, city…) where the network connection has a tighter or limited bandwidth, while when there is a higher bandwidth capacity, the connection would recover its full potential.
In this sense, the first step will be taken with two possible configurations of the meeting policy in Microsoft Teams depending on the network capacity. On the one hand, one called AllowIPVideo, which may or may not restrict video calls in favor of audio calls, and next to the first, another called MediaBitRateKb, which would limit the quality of calls in cases of weak connections.
This enhancement along with others they are preparing relating to support for pre-meeting meeting room creation or improvements in participant management, sorting, and assignment, should arrive in the Teams desktop application and web version later this year.