Microsoft Teams has recently added a sign language option for people that are hearing impaired

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Many businesses prospered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, several niches incurred losses.

However, the overall effect of this catastrophe on concrete spheres is incalculable. Platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and others made significant advancements. But as we all know, every change also comes with both opportunities and challenges. For example, taking part in video calls presented a number of challenges for persons who have hearing impairments. Microsoft Teams claims to be streamlining this procedure right now. The Redmond-based company has already displayed a view in sign language.

The process of partaking in a Microsoft Teams meeting has become significantly easier for people that have a hearing impairment. The deaf and those who are hearing impaired, as well as their translators, can now prioritize each other in meetings thanks to Microsoft's introduction of a sign language perspective.

Video streams will stay in the same places and at sizes that make sign language noticeable. During a meeting, you'll be able to see up to two additional signers, and the video will still be clear even when slides or screen sharing are displayed.

A new accessibility settings pane, according to Microsoft, allows the view to also make preferences "sticky." It won't be necessary for you to pin interpreters or turn on captions each time a Teams call starts. Instead of adjusting options, you can get right into a meeting.

Only a Public Preview, which is made available to each user individually, is presently available for the sign language view and accessibility pane. In the "coming weeks," Microsoft said they will be made available to all business and government users. Before everyone may make use of the functionality, time may pass. However, if Zoom (which only recently introduced support for interpreters) and other alternatives aren't up to the challenge, this promises to drastically simplify meetings for anyone with restricted hearing.

Source : engadget


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