Telling your boss what you really think of him during a Microsoft Teams call may soon be a thing of the past after the company announced a new update aimed at censoring some of its more unfortunate user comments.
The video conferencing platform is working on a new filtering control that will allow users to choose whether they see profanity in Microsoft Teams Live Captions.
The new add-on will allow users to turn profanity filtering on and off during a conversation, protecting them from potentially profane language at all times if they so choose.
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In his entry in official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab)the feature is described as “in development” with an estimated general availability date of May 2023, meaning sensitive users won’t have to wait too long to block profanity.
“With the newly introduced toggle to enable/disable profanity filtering, users will now be able to control whether they want to continue using the profanity filtering feature provided at the factory or if they want to see every word as is,” Microsoft noted in its description.
Upon release, the feature will only be available to Microsoft Teams users on desktop and Mac, although it’s likely that another launch on other platforms could follow soon.
The update is the latest upgrade for Microsoft Teams as the company tries to make its platform user-friendly.
The company rolled out the live captioning feature to all users in March 2022, previously only keeping it for paying customers.
This feature was then taken to a whole new level with the launch of live captioning in September 2022. Available in multiple languages, Microsoft Teams users will be able to select live subtitles in the language of their choice, which will help them better understand other participants.
The so-called “smart translation” for Microsoft Teams Mobile users has also recently been launched, meaning that mobile users will be able to quickly translate messages in a foreign language, ensuring that there are never any delays or errors.