The feature that lets you hide your video feed in Teams calls rolls out this month

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  • Teams meetings will soon become less stressful for all the involved participants.
  • Users can hide their own video feed from themselves wile the camera is still on.
  • An indicator will show that the camera is still on, to avoid unpleasant situations.
  • The feature starts rolling out this month and finish the process until March 2022.
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All the new year madness and holidays are over now, and many of the people that are coming back to work these days surely have some video meetings pending.

Since this whole era of hybrid work started, video meetings have become a key part of the way companies function.

For whatever reasons, some people are actually not at all comfortable seeing their face on the screen or being watched by other colleagues for long periods of time.

And because we all know how stressful some meetings can be, Microsoft is coming up with a new trick to make these meetings a little lighter for Teams users.

You can hide your feed if you don’t want to look at yourself

For the time being, we’re going to focus on the users that participate in video calls but despise seeing their own image on the screen for extended periods of time.

It’s for them that the Redmond tech company is planning on making this new feature, just to make sure everyone is more comfortable.

That’s why Microsoft Teams will soon let participants in a video meeting hide their own video feed while leaving their camera on, which will allow everyone else in the call to still see them.

An indicator in the form of a cropped part of your own video image will never let you forget your video is on and avoid any undesired circumstances.

That’s pretty much what Redmond officials had to say about the matter on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

And its great that they’ve added this failsafe, because you wouldn’t all your colleagues to see certain things that shouldn’t be present in a Teams meeting.

Work in a more relaxed atmosphere

According to Microsoft, hiding your video feed during Teams calls should allow participants to relax while still meeting the requirement to have their webcam on, and this will all be done in a non-disruptive way.

A welcome addition if you ask anybody, as we all have our good days and our bad days, and sometimes you just want to do your job without being seen.

This isn’t available right now so don’t waste your time during a meeting trying to find this awesome functionality.

The option to hide your video feed during Teams meetings will begin rolling out in this month, and all users should have it by mid-March.

Also, don’t forget that the web version of Teams will start supporting system audio sharing starting with March 2022.

And, if you are using Teams on Windows 11 and would like to activate its dark mode feature, we can offer some help with that.

Excited about this new feature being added to your favorite conferencing app? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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