Why slow broadband speeds will no longer be an issue with Microsoft Teams

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Have you ever struggled to connect to colleagues while using Teams due to a slow internet connection? Well this will soon be an issue of the past as Microsoft has confirmed it is working on a new “Low Data” mode for Microsoft Teams.

The new Microsoft Teams Low Data mode was confirmed by Microsoft on its road map. The Teams Low Data mode is planned to be released this month (March 2021).

How will Microsoft Teams: Low Data mode help with poor internet?

The new mode will allow users to limit the amount of data they are using as well as tweak “different settings based on network availability”.

This new feature will be great for users using a slow broadband connection or even using their tethered connection such as 4g or 5g broadband because of its capped data limit options.

It is worth noting that this feature will only be available on the desktop version of Teams.

I am struggling with slow internet while using Teams, what can I do now?

  • If possible, do not use your camera at all or use your camera sparingly.
  • Use the phone-in options rather than your computers audio and microphone.
  • If you are using a slow broadband connection, have you considered mobile broadband?

What other notable features are coming to Microsoft Teams?

Video Filters – estimated release date: April 2021
Before joining a meeting, you will be able to use filters to adjust the lighting levels and soften the focus of the camera. View on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap

Dynamic View – estimated release date: March 2021
This feature will automatically optimise shared content and video participants in teams meetings. New controls will allow you to personalise the view, such as the ability to show specific participants side-by-side with shared content. View on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap

Large Meeting Support – estimated release date: March 2021
You will soon be able to hold interactive meetings and webinars with up to 1000 attendees. View on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap

How can I get Microsoft Teams for my business?

View the Microsoft Teams packages we provide, set-up and support via our small UK based support team in Leicestershire.

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