Three years after the world went into lockdown and video conferencing software saw a huge boom, Microsoft Teams continues to be a popular platform for many business meetings and casual get-togethers. It’s no surprise, then, that Microsoft continues to invest heavily in developing what it hopes is the best video calling app.
The latest addition to the Teams app is filters, which the company hopes will allow users to express their own personality and, more importantly, hide the parts they don’t like!
According to the blog post (opens in new tab)visual effects include animated frames and video tint modification, on top of existing tools that allow users to blur backgrounds and soften the video feed to mask and obscure imperfections.
Teams filters and avatars
The new filters first hit users in January when the company made them available in public preview, but they will become generally available very soon.
While the changes may seem somewhat disappointing, this is just the beginning for Microsoft, which then works to introduce avatars to Teams.
These digital characters are designed to give Teams users a “much-needed camera break,” the relative said entry step-by-step plan (opens in new tab).
“You can add a new layer of choice to your meetings and present yourself the way you want with customizable avatars and responses.”
Overlaying a digital character over a human video feed is nothing new, and FaceTime users have long been able to apply their own Animoji or Memoji during a video call. But is this too much for a platform designed primarily with businesses in mind?
Anyway, Microsoft says avatars will be generally available on desktop platforms (including macOS) by May 2023, around the same time as spatial audio will be enabled for a more lifelike digital meeting.