check before: 2022-11-10
Microsoft 365 Apps, Teams
Mac, US Instances, Windows Desktop, World tenant
New feature, Admin impact
We are introducing a new Sign Language experience in Teams Meetings to help meeting participants who use sign language to prioritize interpreters and other sign language users so that they remain visible in in a static, central location on the meeting stage, with higher video quality. Specific sign language users inside the organization that you work with regularly – such as regular interpreters – can be prioritized across all meetings by adding them to a prioritized signer list under Settings > Accessibility in the Teams app. Sign language view is a personal, user-level setting, and is visible only for those who have turned it on. It will not be shown to the rest of the meeting participants. The feature is presently available only on Teams Desktop.
Sign Language View addresses three key concerns raised by Deaf/hard of hearing users:
It keeps interpreters and other signers in a static location, unaffected by the dynamic placement of other videos as people enter and exit a meeting.
It simplifies the meeting join process by providing settings for sign language and captioning that persist across all meetings.
It keeps interpreters and other signers visible and prioritized even when content is shared.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 99452.
[When this will happen:]
Preview: We will begin rolling out early November.
Production, GCC: We will begin rolling out early December and expect to complete by mid-December.
GCC-H, DoD: We will begin rolling out January.
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