Microsoft Rolls Out Sign Language View In Teams


“Sign Language View” has been released by Microsoft “and provides signers, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, translators, and others who use sign language, a new meeting experience in Teams.

Users will be able to give up to two other signers’ video streams the top priority for placement on the main stage with the use of a sign language view, which will offer a more stable, predictable meeting experience.

Microsoft said, “When sign language view is enabled, the prioritised video streams appear at the right aspect ratio and at the highest available quality. You can enable sign language view either on the fly during a meeting or as a setting that persists across all your calls.”

As long as their videos are active, designated signers are visible on stage when a sign language view is enabled. According to the blog post, additional participants can also be pinned or highlighted without taking up any of the signers’ space.

The business also implemented “sticky” preferences “, so when a user joins a meeting there won’t be any more messing about with features and displays. According to the blog post, the accessibility pane and sign language view are only currently accessible through a Public Preview that is made available to each user individually.

In the “coming weeks,” the tech giant will launch to all commercial and government customers “. In Microsoft Teams, go to Settings and more, select Settings > Accessibility, and then turn on Sign Language to enable the sign language view across meetings by default.