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Deep in the hollows of Addison County, bandwidth is harder to find than TP. My home DSL is advertised as 13Mbps down and 1Mbps up. That 1Mbps is a real killer of broadcast video.

This is more than apparent in teams. Here’s what my Westford contact saw of me yesterday:

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And I of her..

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Here, roundtrip from my house Teams;

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Compare to Zoom

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I can’t find any controls in either app to adjust height, width, target bits/sec. It looks like Teams isn’t dynamically negotiating  bitrate to match the bandwidth. Can we employ the Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) to gain insight into the quality of calls made by using Teams? (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/quality-of-experience-review-guide )

Also, googling suggests a popular request is a grid view of participants widows, as seen above.

Finally, the real deal breaker is background images. We could host virtual classrooms for lectures on the Green.

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That said, Teams isn’t all that bad.



Wesley Alan Wright, Retired
UVM Academic Computing Services Legacy Applications Division
Starksboro, VT
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