Microsoft Adds Custom Background Effects for Its Communication App

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Microsoft has rolled out a new feature that enables users to add their own background images for video calls on its business communication platform, Teams. Even before the release of the feature, Teams had already been offering templates and other effects for users who wanted to blur their actual backgrounds and remove distractions during meetings. With the new feature, users can now upload their own images to customize their backgrounds during meetings. Users can easily change their background images by clicking the button at the bottom of the Teams app screen. To upload their own images, they just need to click the “add new” option. Only files in JPEG, PNG, or BMP format will be accepted by the app. Aside from rolling out the new feature, Microsoft also added a new set of template images that can be used as virtual backgrounds. Users can choose from different options such as LEGO pieces, the Simpsons’ living room, and a classic Solitaire template. Despite the advantages of the new update, Microsoft warned that there is no guarantee that background effects can hide sensitive information from others during meetings. Some experts believe that the latest update is Microsoft’s way to catch up with rival communications technology company Zoom and convince users to continue using Teams. However, Microsoft asserted that the rising number of people using Teams is what prompted them to release the update. The company said that they aim to help make online meetings more personalized, productive, and enjoyable for their customers.

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