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Get More out of Hybrid Meetings with Microsoft Teams Rooms and Copilot


With many organisations asking how to get the most out of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) to drive team productivity and make smarter and quicker business decisions. Microsoft Copilot has been embraced by early adopters for its ability to get clarity, update teams faster, and generate new ideas. This has been game-changing for individuals at work. But for teams, the conversations that happen in meetings are the building blocks to strategy, action items, and decisions. How do you capture the key insights and outcomes from your team discussions, and follow up on them efficiently.


Microsoft says the answer is simple: enabling Copilot in every space with Teams Rooms. The heaviest Copilot usage data has been people using Copilot in Teams. When asked how it has impacted their daily flow, 70% reported that they are more productive, 84% found it easier to take action after a meeting, and 79% say it reduced their administrative workload. Copilot in Teams lets you ask specific questions, seek clarifications, summarise perspectives expressed during meetings, and quickly organise meeting actions - all powered by responses sources from meeting transcripts.


To fully leverage the potential of Copilot in Team for hybrid meetings, it's essential that every participant, no matter their location, maintains their distinct identity during these meetings. This is precisely where Teams Rooms devices play a pivotal role.




Maintain your Identity in Meetings


The most essential input for Copilot in Teams is the identity of each speaker. Copilot needs a meeting transcript, with attribution for every speaker, to deliver meeting summaries, insightsm and action items. In a hybrid meeting, without speaker recognition, the video and audio feed for people in the room would be attributed to the space (eg., Conferencing room), not the individuals speaking, making it difficult to query individuals contributions, summarise everyone's perspectives, and tackle those to-do-items.


Teams Rooms devices used advanced tchnology called speaker recognition to analyse the distinct vocal characteristics of each speaker, such as pitch, tone, and speaking style, to create a voiceprint for each participant, akin to fingerprint for their voice.


With speaker recognition, Teams Rooms can identify speakers during live transcription in shared meeting rooms, ensuring clear and precise voice capture for every participant. This allows you to effortlessly track who said what during the meeting through intelligent meeting recap and Copilot.


To enable speaker recognition for your employees, you can set up voice profile in minutes using the Teams Desktop app. Each person gets a unique voice signature, stored securely in your organisation's tenant in Microsoft Cloud to assure that every contribution is accurately captured in every meeting, enabling Copilot and intelligent meeting recap - and helping you drive your work forward.



Optimising Transcription Precision with Intelligent Speakers


Speaker recognition is currently enabled by intelligent speakers certified for Teams. intelligent speakers are designed with multiple microphones to provide high-quality audio, maximising accuracy in recognition and transcription and boasting an industry-leading reduction of what is referred to as "word error rate."


With that being said Microsoft get it - intelligent speakers aren't in every Teams Room yet. That is why they announced at Ignite last year that speaker recognition will soon extend to existing hardware. While they're delighted to extend the capbility of speaker recognition to more rooms, it's important to note that the quality may not match that of an intelligent speaker device. So, it's essential to evaluate the advantages of incorporating an intelligent speaker, particularly in crucial spaces where attaining the highest quality transcription and attribution is vital.



Get Smarted Insights, Tasks, and Decisions from your Meetings


For many customers, the struggle lies in capturing key meeting insights, tracking decisions, and managing action items efficintly, all while ensuring efficient use of time and resources. Copilot, when paired with Teams Rooms devices, enables you to ask natural language questions about hybrid meeting details and participants, and receive intant answers and insights.


Imagine you're in a hybrid meeting, a mix of in-peron and remote participants. It's crucial to stay on top of the discussion and make sure everyone is on the same page. You simply prompt Copilot in Teams to "summarise the key takeaways from our discussion toay."Copilot, powered by Teams Rooms devices, promptly compiles the highlights, maintaining each speaker's identity even when they're in the meeting room, ensuring a seamless experience for all participants, whether in-person or remote.



AI has Impact Beyond Copilot, Ensuring Everyone is Seen, Hear and Recognised


Attending hybrid meetings and being able to see everyone in the room more clearly and intelligently can be a challenge, especially when there are multiple participants in the same physical space. How do you make sure that the remote participants can see the faces and expressions of the in-room participants, and that the camera continues to frame them as they move around the room?


When somes in the physical room speaks, IntelliFrame, using its intelligent camera technology, brings them into focus for online attendees, capturing every expression and gesture. It's like having a savvy camera assistant that focuses on each speaker. Integrating certified for teams intelligent cameras and speakers with speaker recognition and Copilot enhances meetings, creating an immersive and interactive experience for all, regardless of location. Additionally, creating recognition profiles for IntelliFrame enables the camera to identify and label meeting participants, enriching meetings further. When combined with speaker recognition and Copilot, this fosters engagement and team cohesion, resulting in seamless and productive meetings for everyone.


Future-Proof your Meetings: Teams Rooms and Copilot

Copilot and Teams Rooms are the dynamic duo for hybrid metings, bring AI-powered features and effortless collaboration to tackle the challenges and unlock the benefits of hybrid setups. Whther clarifying who's speaking, extracting smart meeting insights, ensuring inclusivity, or providing clear visibility of participants, Copilot and Teams Rooms provide richer meeting experiences to improve your team's collaboration, enagagement, and productivity. Even if you doon't have Copilot yet, you can begin with Teams Rooms devices. It's the first step in enhancing your hybrid work environments and preparing for integrating with Copilot in the future. Learn more about upgrading your meeting spaces and the latest innovations in Microsoft Teams Rooms. You wil be ready to seamlessly transition to the full capabilities of Copilot and set the stage for a smarter, more connected meeting experience.


Article By: Kelly Johnson

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