Microsoft has a new feature for its video calling service teams that allows to include a sign interpreter during the conversation.
However, the company technology clarified that it does not offer sign language interpreters as it does with the option of ttranslation, but these can only be added in two ways: if they are included in the organization who convenes the meeting or is hired and added to the video call externally.
In the statement on the official page of Microsoft where the announcement of the launch is made, it is indicated that people with disabilities or difficulty communicating, they will be the only ones who will have a full version of the interpreting service in view. This screen will be anchored and will have a quality of image higher.
The distribution of the screen In these cases, the interpreter is in the center and on the right side of the screen will be the transcription of the conversation live, which will also be enabled.
In the event that a person decides to make a presentationthis will be located on the left of the screen, occupying a large space, while the rest of the participants will be on the right.
The interpreter will continue to occupy a priority position in that section above the rest of the users, while the Subtitle will occupy the lower part of the screen
“The sign language view and the panel of setting accessibility improvements are currently available in public preview and will be rolled out to customers Web and desktop teams in the coming weeks”, also indicates the company statement.
How to turn on sign language view in Microsoft Teams
To integrate the language of signs in video calls Microsoft Teamsthe company indicates that it can be done through the meeting configuration by pressing the button in the shape of three points (…) and then enter the menu Setting. Once inside, you will have to choose the option Accessibility and finally the function Sign language.
In the event that the interpreters are within the organization and work with them constantly, they can be included in the tab Accessibility, so that they can be seen in the list of users that can be summoned to carry out the interpretation work. Similarly, subtitles can be activated from that tab.
Once these steps have been completed, users will be able to assign an interpreter to a meeting within the organization through the “Manage Preferred Income” section. The name of the interpreter should appear in a list and can be selected.
The steps are similar if the user decides to integrate an interpreter into the video callfrom the access to the Settings menu, then to the Accessibility option and finally to Manage preferred entries.