Microsoft’s Windows “Noise Suppression” Helps Lower Background Noise. Since last year, tens of millions of American workers work from home because of the pandemic. While working from home has its upsides, it also tends to be a bit noisier, especially if you have children, neighbors, or pets. To remedy that, Microsoft adds powerful new capabilities to their Teams application relying on artificial intelligence to filter out unwanted, often unexpected background noises.
Microsoft started working on Windows “Noise Suppression” back in March of this year (2020) when they introduced an early version of the AI technology that proved to be capable of canceling the sound of opening a bag of potato chips. The sound was utterly suppressed in that test, while the test subject’s voice remained audible, which is impressive indeed.
Although the new “Noise Suppression” feature didn’t make it into the Microsoft software in time to help with Thanksgiving chaos, you can test it out now and just in time for Christmas, too!
To begin experimenting with the “Noise Suppression,” go into the Settings menu on your desktop by clicking on the user icon in the upper right portion of your screen. Select “Devices” and then turn on the “Noise Suppression” option.
Note, however, that if you’re a Mac user, you’ll have to wait a bit to gain access to the “Noise Suppression” technology. Right now, it’s only available for Windows 10 users. If you’re one of those, be sure to check it out at your next opportunity.