Thursday, January 20

Microsoft finally unveils its webcam to equip you with teleworking


On the sidelines of the induction of its new Surface Laptop 4, Microsoft presented new Microsoft Teams certified accessories to accompany them. And, in the middle of multiple headsets and other speaker, we finally discover the webcam whispered for a few months.

The Microsoft Teams certified home webcam

The Microsoft Teams certified home webcam // Gamesdone: Microsoft

In the age of telecommuting and videoconferencing galore, it is important to be well equipped. And not just in PC. Microsoft has understood this and, in parallel with the presentation of its new Surface Laptop 4, the Redmond company has unveiled new complementary accessories.

Headsets, speakers and even a webcam: all are obviously there to make the most of Microsoft Teams and are certified in this regard.

Helmets for all tastes

Under the name of the Modern range, Microsoft is adding a wired headset with microphone, light and comfortable, called Modern USB Headset. The emphasis was on sound quality with a noise-canceling mic and intuitive call controls. These padded on-ear headphones promise to be worn all day long without discomfort. Wireless version, the Microsoft Modern announces 50 hours of autonomy in music listening and 30 hours in voice calls. Enough to work for a long time and in complete freedom.

Apart from the sound quality with voice optimization and noise reduction, the latter has several advantages such as the controls on the ear cups, the microphone which is cut off by winding it up with an LED to indicate your status. And it also has a rotary dial on the right earcup to adjust the volume.

After the release of its Surface Headphones 2 and its famous command dials, Microsoft is launching a version for business, the Surface Headphones 2+ for Business. This professional model promises up to 18.5 hours of music listening or 15 hours of voice calls. It has 13 levels of active noise cancellation to make calls or work in peace. Like the Modern, the Headphones 2+ headphones can be connected using a dongle or via Bluetooth. He also takes advantage of his microphones to control voice in order to better manage Microsoft 365 tools and its various functions.

And if you are not a fan of headphones, there is a solution: the Modern USB-C Speaker. This speaker packs intuitive controls in a compact design. Its power cord is stored within it, enough to easily carry it anywhere.

The Modern USB-C Speaker

The Modern USB-C Speaker // Gamesdone: Microsoft

But what we were finally waiting to see is the Microsoft webcam. The Modern Webcam has a 1080p HD camera for high video quality and an optimized 78 ° field of view. It can be fixed on your PC or on a tripod to facilitate HDR video recording, using its USB-A socket. It also has a button to hide the sensor, and thus activate or deactivate the video stream.

It is compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, but also macOS Catalina and Big Sur. Microsoft France has not communicated any price or availability date for its products.

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