Microsoft Teams finally rolls out custom background effects

    Microsoft Teams also added more features like schedule meetings to its free version.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 13 2020, 16:24 IST
    Microsoft Teams users can now add custom backgrounds or choose from the collections available.
    Microsoft Teams users can now add custom backgrounds or choose from the collections available. (Microsoft)
    Microsoft Teams users can now add custom backgrounds or choose from the collections available.
    Microsoft Teams users can now add custom backgrounds or choose from the collections available. (Microsoft)

    Microsoft Teams is finally getting custom backgrounds, one feature that rival Zoom has had for a long time. Microsoft also announced new features for the free version of Teams.

    Microsoft Teams offered background options for meetings. It had background blur and preset images like a modern office and a cartoonish beach scene. Microsoft Teams is now getting the option to add custom background effects. Users can upload their own images or select from the new set of images available.

    There are different collections of background effects to choose from on Microsoft Teams. There's a mountain of LEGO building blocks, the Simpsons' living room and masked singer. These are background images from Fox. There's also an Xbox collection that gamers would prefer. Microsoft has also added its classic Solitaire as a background effect to Teams. There's also a Pride collection in support for the LGBTQI+ community.

    For the free version of Teams, Microsoft has rolled out meeting schedules. Users can now schedule meetings and send invites in advance. The invite can be sent via Outlook or Google calendar. Microsoft Teams free users also get access to live captions for their meetings. Microsoft Teams will be updated automatically with these new features.

    The free version of Microsoft Teams also offers features like unlimited chat and search, 10GB file team file storage and 2GB personal file storage, and Office apps integration.

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    First Published Date: 13 Jun, 16:24 IST
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