Microsoft Teams Will Soon Be Able to Tell Who Is in Your Meeting

As part of its AI initiative, Microsoft Team's facial recognition feature will be coming to desktops in December.

Microsoft Teams is one step closer to rolling out a “desktop client face enrollment process,” which will allow it to scan the faces of users to determine their identity.

Once the somewhat creepy feature becomes live this December, it will be capable of identifying meeting attendants in person and remotely, through the use of advanced facial recognition algorithms.

This development comes just two months after the web conferencing giant added a slew of AI-driven features to its arsenal, including voice-based transcription capabilities and automated multi-stream videos.

Microsoft Teams to Launch Creepy Facial Recognition Feature

Microsoft Teams’ ever-evolving suite of features is a major reason why it consistently ranks among the top video conferencing solutions on the market. However, the service’s pending facial recognition feature isn’t necessarily catching the attention of the public for the right reasons.

The AI-powered capability, which is still being fine-tuned, will be able to identity and label video call attendees, as long as the users have previously created a face profile with the service.

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Creating a face profile involves enrolling your face with the video conferencing tool, which uses advanced facial algorithms to map and log your identity.

According to a Microsoft blog post, the feature will also provide personal experiences during video conferences and meetings and will be especially beneficial to meetings using an Intelligent Camera.

Microsoft Teams Improves its Offering

Facial recognition isn’t the only feature coming to the web conferencing service. In August, the company rolled out a variety of advanced features including call delegation enhancements, third-party meeting access, and panoramic video options.

They’ve also expanded their artificial capabilities by launching AI-based file suggestions in chat, voice-based transcription, and live-translated captions.

There’s no disputing that Microsoft Team’s features are industry leading. But it’s not the only web conferencing solution that delivers a great service. Below we compare some of Microsoft Team’s top alternatives including Zoho Meeting, which offers flexible packages for as little as $1 per month, and Zoom, which is the best platform we tested for beginners.

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GoTo Meeting

Google Meet

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Google Workspace users

  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • Low cost, flexible pricing
  • Browser functionality
  • SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • Easy to use
  • Feature-rich free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Affordable
  • High quality video and audio
  • Reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Google Calendar compatibility
  • Saves chat logs
  • Easy integration with Google apps
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Recording costs extra
  • Poor audio quality
  • No analytics
  • Free – no single sign-on
  • No free plan
  • Spotty connectivity
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Isobel O'Sullivan (BSc) is a senior writer at with over four years of experience covering business and technology news. Since studying Digital Anthropology at University College London (UCL), she’s been a regular contributor to Market Finance’s blog and has also worked as a freelance tech researcher. Isobel’s always up to date with the topics in employment and data security and has a specialist focus on POS and VoIP systems.
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