About Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps your team stay organized and have conversations—all in one place. Here’s a quick look at the left-hand side of Teams. Teams – Find channels to belong to or create your own. Inside channels, you can hold on-the-spot meetings, have conversations, and share files.

In this pandemic situation happening all over the world working from home is our helplessness. Applications like Microsoft Teams help us to stay connected while working, stay organized it provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. 

You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. 

Custom background on Microsoft Teams

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While attending a meeting from home many times backgrounds are not favorable as if an employee or user is attending the meeting from the bedroom or living room where there are other homies. 

Starting with the new custom background effects on Microsoft Teams, the company notes that users can customize the background by uploading own images or choosing one of the collections of backgrounds available online. The platform already allows users to choose special backgrounds during a video call, in addition to the option to blur the background.

Microsoft is also adding event-specific background collections for its users. Starting June 16, users can download special LGBTQI+ background photos to celebrate pride month.

How to Use Custom Backgrounds

Background images for Microsoft Teams are available from the moment you click into any meeting type. You can even set up a meeting with yourself just to experiment if you like. Once you’re in a meeting, click on the three dots […] to access the menu. Click on Show background effects.

Microsoft will bring up a section on the right of your screen where you can choose from blurring your background, or a handful of curated images. For your scheduled meetings, you can also select background images before your calls begin.

The only downside for some Microsoft users is that this new feature only came with a handful of backgrounds to choose from (the gamers among you may recognise some of the scenes). There’s no direct explanation on how you can upload your own backgrounds, although Microsoft has suggested that this option will be made available soon.

How to Add Your Own Custom Backgrounds

Tech fans on the internet have learned that you can access the folder within Microsoft Teams to unlock your custom backgrounds.

One thing to keep in mind before you begin fiddling around is that you need the desktop version of the app on a Mac or PC. If you don’t have the background effects option, but you already have background blur don’t panic; it will appear-  just check for updates regularly.

To set your own custom background, you’ll need to navigate the file system. On Windows, you can add your own backgrounds to the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads folder (you can copy and paste this into your search bar in Windows to find the location).

If you’re on a Mac, then your backgrounds will be in the client folder for Microsoft Teams in ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds.

Other new features

Microsoft is also adding new features to the free version of its video conferencing platform. The company says with the new updates, Teams free version customers can work and connect from home “effectively.”

Free version users are now able to schedule meetings and send out invitations in advance. This capability builds upon the existing ability to “Meet Now.” Meeting schedulers have the option of either copying the meeting link to send directly to other participants or sending an invite via Outlook or Google calendar.

The chances are that Microsoft will add more features to the background changing options on its app in the weeks and months to come, however. Along with the option to officially upload your own images, you might also end up with some features like the ability to turn off custom backgrounds for your team.

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