Microsoft Teams introduces custom backgrounds

By Press Release | Published on 15 Jun 2020
Microsoft Teams introduces custom backgrounds
Microsoft Teams introduces custom backgrounds

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Microsoft has announced that it is introducing new custom backgrounds for Teams. Users will have the option to customise their background by uploading their own image or choose one of the existing collections. 

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As people continue to work from home, video calls are replacing many people’s physical meeting experiences. To help people make their video calls a bit exciting, Microsoft Teams is introducing custom backgrounds for video meetings on its platform. Additionally, Microsoft Teams is getting a few new features.

Microsoft Teams custom background effects are now available

While on a Teams meeting, users can now shift the focus from their background to themselves. Users can now customize their background by uploading their own images or choosing one of the collections of backgrounds now available online
Teams uses a highly trained model that differentiates the subject from their background and can impose a custom background over everything else, making it easy and fast to start expressing during meetings

Background collections to check out

With the whole world turning to video, companies are getting creative with collections of backgrounds can be easily downloaded and then upload to Teams
A wide array of background collections are available, ranging from the Xbox collection to collection supporting the LGBTQI+ community
Additional features now available in the free version of Microsoft Teams

Schedule your meetings in advance: Free version users are now able to schedule meetings and send out invitations in advance. This capability builds upon the existing ability to “Meet Now.” Meeting schedulers have the option of either copying the meeting link to send directly to other participants or sending an invite via Outlook or Google calendar

Use live captions: Teams free users can now turn on live captions during their calls and meetings. This feature makes meetings more inclusive, giving participants another way to follow along with the conversation and address the needs of participants with different hearing abilities or language proficiencies. It’s currently available as a preview in U.S. English

Check for additional details on the new features of Microsoft Teams in Jared Spataro’s latest blog post.

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