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Microsoft Teams has support for spatial audio, but Bluetooth headsets don’t work

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Microsoft Teams has support for spatial audio, but Bluetooth headsets don’t work

Video conferencing software Microsoft Teams recently launched a spatial audio feature for desktop applications for Windows and macOS, designed to mimic face-to-face conversations by separating the voices of individual conference participants, assigning them different sound directions based on their location on the screen, resulting in a more natural listening experience. This makes it easier for users to know who is talking and better understand what is going on when multiple people are talking at the same time, reducing meeting fatigue and cognitive load.

Apple has previously supported spatial audio in FaceTime, but spatial audio on Microsoft Teams does not support Bluetooth headsets. Microsoft said that due to protocol limitations, Bluetooth devices are not currently supported, and users need to use wired headphones or laptops with stereo capabilities to enjoy spatial audio. It’s also possible to use spatial audio if a user’s wireless headphones are connected via a USB receiver; only Bluetooth-only devices are temporarily unavailable.

Microsoft said that it will support the next-generation LE Audio protocol in the future, which will allow Bluetooth devices to realize stereo sound as well.LE Audio is a new Bluetooth audio standard that requires support from both the source device and the audio accessory and is already supported by some headsets from brands such as Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, EarFun, and others. This past May, Windows 11 also added support for Bluetooth In May of this year, Windows 11 also added support for Bluetooth LE. Therefore, in the next few months, Microsoft Teams spatial audio is expected to be compatible with some Bluetooth devices.