Microsoft Teams has rolled out a new feature that enables users to customise an image as their background during video calls. Teams has seen a big surge in usage since the pandemic and it is expanding its features to attract more users.
The company recently announced the feature in a blog post. However, Microsoft says custom images and background effects are only available during scheduled Teams meetings.
“When joining a Teams meeting, you want the focus on you—not that messy bookcase behind you. Last year, we introduced background blur to help everyone preserve privacy and keep their attention on their teammates.
“Our design team also created a collection of preset images that range from professional (a modern office) to pretty silly (a cartoonish beach scene). Today, we’re expanding these options so you can customize your background by uploading your own images or choosing one of the collections of backgrounds now available online,” Microsoft said in the announcement.
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Microsoft has presented itself as a more secure option for video calling, collaborations, and other meetings. Compared to its close rival Zoom that has been plagued with various security challenges, it’s been relatively scandal-free.
Despite its security flaws, Zoom still leads the pack among video conferencing apps. Zoom also already allows users to use custom backgrounds during calls.
Microsoft Teams is also rolling out some additional new features for its free users. They can now add live captions to their calls, schedule meetings, and send out invites instead of just using the “Meet Now” option.
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