Online video conferencing services like Zoom and Micorosft Teams has seen a sudden increase in the userbase due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A lot of people are still working from home or schooling from home, which skyrocketed the demand for these sorts of applications.
Up until now, Microsoft Teams was only having an option to automatically blur the video background and a handful of pre-installed images to replace the background. But Microsoft Teams rivals like Zoom were already having this feature that lets users choose their own custom images as a background. This gave them a lot more customizability options.
Microsoft Teams now lets users add custom background on video calls with the new update. Instead of using the pre-installed images only, users can now upload and use their own images.
Users could click on the three dots icon on the main menu bar and select the option called “Show background effects’ to reveal a newly updated set of settings.
Microsoft blog post mentioned, “Today, we are announcing the rollout of new custom background effects in Teams, along with new features in the free version of Teams. It’s all about enabling you and your team to work productively, collaboratively, and with everyone’s well-being in mind.”
Apart from this feature, there are a number of other feature, too.
Microsoft has added a lot more new features into the free version of Microsoft Teams. Now onwards, Free users will be given an option to schedule meetings in advance and use live captions.
Similarly, the free version of Teams could be used by organizations up to 500,000 users for free, and there are a bunch of features here as well.
Unlimited chat and search, Audio and video calling, Scheduled meetings, 10 GB team file storage and 2 GB personal file storage per person, Ability to use the Office web apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), Unlimited app integration, etc are few other options made available to free users.