Microsoft announces a new webcam and USB-C speaker for home work


Microsoft’s long-awaited new webcam is finally here, along with a number of accessories designed for work from home. Rumors of a new Microsoft webcam have been circulating for years, and the result is what Microsoft calls the modern webcam. It’s a fairly basic and affordable 1080p webcam that ships for $ 69.99 in June.

The Microsoft Modern Webcam supports up to 1080p HDR output at 30fps and connects via USB-A, not USB-C. It’s not the 4K webcam found on Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2, nor does it support Windows Hello. It’s a really simple webcam designed for students or employees to quickly add a better video calling option to an existing laptop or PC. Microsoft has also added a privacy shutter and LED indicator to let people easily see when the webcam is active.

The modern USB-C speaker from Microsoft.
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Microsoft is also launching a new USB-C speaker. Designed primarily for Microsoft Teams, the modern USB-C speaker even includes a button to open a team control panel with meeting quick actions. Microsoft’s USB-C speaker includes omnidirectional microphones and background noise cancellation to improve audio quality. There are also the usual mute, volume and call buttons on the top deck of the dark fabric design.

It’s a compact speaker just three inches wide, with cable storage for the USB-C connection and even a carrying case for protection when moving. While it’s primarily designed for meetings, you can get all the audio out of the speaker, so it should be fine for music too. Microsoft’s USB-C speaker will be available in June for $ 99.99.

Microsoft is also launching new USB and wireless headsets today, as well as Surface Headphones 2 Plus. All three devices have a Microsoft Teams button, and you can read more about it here.