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Enhancing Screen Sharing with AV1 in Microsoft Teams


In today’s digital-first world, the ability to share content seamlessly during virtual meetings is not just a convenience; it is a necessity. Microsoft Teams, one of the leaders in virtual collaboration , has embraced this need by integrating the AV1 video codec for screen sharing, enhancing the user experience, especially in poor network conditions.

The AV1 Advantage: A Game-Changer for Clarity and Efficiency

AV1, an open video coding format, is known for its high compression efficiency , which means it can deliver high-quality video streams using less bandwidth. We have leveraged it for screensharing transmissions in Teams, where clarity and fluidity are paramount. Using AV1, users can experience lowered bandwidth for Teams screensharing by 63% compared to the H.264 video codec, as measured by A/B tests. For instance, sharing static content usually requires less than 200Kbps bandwidth, while sharing content that moves, such as when scrolling, needs about 1.2Mbps.

Sharper Visuals and Fluid Motion
The first and most immediate benefit users will notice is the enhanced clarity of the content being shared in limited bandwidth situations. Whether it is detailed spreadsheets, vibrant presentations, or dynamic videos, AV1 ensures that every pixel is rendered clearly even on poor network conditions. This results in sharper text and more vivid images, making for a more engaging and effective meeting experience.

Bandwidth Efficiency: Cost savings for organizations

Another impactful benefit of AV1 is its bandwidth efficiency. By reducing the amount of data required to transmit screen shares, AV1 alleviates network congestion and can lead to cost savings for organizations by reducing the requirements for their internal networks . This translates to a more scalable service that can support a growing user base and the reduction in data transfer also means a lighter load on servers.

Sustainability and the Future
The bandwidth savings have a broader impact beyond just cost. In an era where digital technology’s environmental footprint is under scrutiny, AV1’s efficiency contributes to sustainability goals. Less data transfer means less energy consumption, aligning with Microsoft’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

AV1’s Role in the Future of Collaboration
The integration of AV1 into Microsoft Teams is more than just a technical upgrade; it is a strategic move that enhances user experience, reduces operational costs, and supports sustainability. As remote work and digital collaboration continue to evolve, Microsoft’s initiative in adopting AV1 positions Teams as a future-ready platform that users can rely on for years to come.

By leveraging the power of AV1, Microsoft Teams is setting a new standard for virtual collaboration, ensuring that shared screen is a window to clearer communication , more productive meetings, and a more connected world.

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