Microsoft Teams gets Zoom-like custom backgrounds for video calls: Details

Microsoft Zoom video calls backgrounds

Microsoft Team users will soon be able to avail the feature of Zoom, which allows them to add and tweak custom backgrounds to their video calls making it more interesting and funny.

Microsoft had earlier announced that it will indeed bring custom backgrounds to Teams over a year back, but after Zoom’s popularity skyrocketed, Microsoft incorporated the same to its own Team application. However, it does not allow adding custom images as yet, but plans to introduce this soon.

“Custom backgrounds, which allow you to replace your background in Teams meetings with a fresh and bright home office, for example, is now generally available in Teams. This feature builds upon background blur, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to blur the environment behind you. In the future, we will also include the ability to upload your own custom images,” Jared Spataro, Corporate VP for Microsoft 365 informed in a blog post.

The latest feature could not have come at a more opportune time for Microsoft Teams as it is getting great traction owing to increased user activity and downloads due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Microsoft earlier this week said that it has seen unprecedented user activity and that there has been a daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in one day on Teams.

This is a massive 200% jump increase from 900 million that it witnessed on March 16. As things stand right now, there are 183,000 tenants in 175 countries using Microsoft Teams for education.

The company also added: “At Microsoft, privacy and security are never an afterthought. It’s our commitment to you — not only during this challenging time, but always”.


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