Microsoft Teams Unveils “Cameo” Feature for PowerPoint Live

Microsoft's new tool for virtual presentations is due to be rolled out this August.
Isobel O'Sullivan

In an effort to make video presentations even more engaging, Microsoft Teams has recently announced it will be adding a Cameo feature to its PowerPoint Live toolkit.

The tool, which was recently unveiled at the company's latest product roadmap, will allow users to integrate their webcam feed into their PowerPoint slides for a more immersive audience experience.

As the demand for remote working technologies remains strong, Microsoft's new Cameo tool is just one of many improvements the video conferencing software is making to improve digital collaboration. Read on to discover more about the handy feature.

Microsoft Teams Announces New Cameo Tool

Since the advent of Covid-19, virtual presentations have become commonplace in many workplaces around the world. Now, as remote and hybrid models only become more cemented, Microsoft Teams continues to evolve its offerings to cater to this new way of working.

According to a recent blog post by the company, the new Cameo feature will let you “seamlessly embed live camera feeds into your slides as part of your presentation.” Not only will this feature be able to create an immersive experience for you and your audience, it's also been designed to help users feel more prepared for their virtual presentations.

“Cameo gives you full control of live camera feeds in PowerPoint. Just like any other image, you can move, resize, crop, and apply transitions or styles to the camera feed.”

Besides integrating a video feed into their presentation, the tool will also allow users to choose a layout where the video will appear on their slides. Just like any other image used on the platform, users will also be able to move, resize, and crop the camera feel to their liking.

Screenshot of Microsoft Teams' new Cameo Tool

Cameo should be available to PowerPoint Live customers this August.

How Else Is Microsoft Improving Teams?

Microsoft's new Cameo tool isn't the only update the video conferencing software has announced recently.

Microsoft Teams is also introducing a tool that can prevent instances of Team-bombing — a form of cyber harassment where individuals or groups gatecrash Team calls.

The software platform also recently released a “Parent Connection” feature designed to improve the experience of parent-teacher meetings, and new login features that aim to improve accessibility across the site.

Is Microsoft Teams the Best Solution for Small Businesses?

With Microsoft's dynamic approach to problem-solving, it's no surprise they sit among the best players on the market.

However, every small business will have slightly different web conferencing requirements. So it's important to consider the pros and cons of multiple providers before you lock down a solution.

If your journey with video conferencing technology is just beginning, Zoom's simple, user-friendly interface and affordable software may be a good place to start. Alternatively, if you're looking for a reliable tool with generous user limits and ample third-party integrations, then Microsoft Teams or Google Meet might be more suitable.

To learn more about what options are available you can read our breakdown of the best web conferencing tools here, or refer to our table below.

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The lowest starting price for a paid plan. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
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Free plan
Audio-Conferencing
Pros
Cons

Zoho Meeting

GoTo Meeting

Zoom

RingCentral

Webex

Google Meet

Microsoft Teams

Lifesize

BlueJeans

$5/month

$4/month

$12-$16/month

Zoho users

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Longer meetings

Larger businesses

Google users

Microsoft users

Users that need hardware

Users that need customer support

Yes (paid plan) – VoIP, Phone & Toll-Free

Yes – VoIP, Phone & Toll-Free

Yes – Add-on audio plan allows you to add Call Out, global Toll-free & local dial-in for premium countries

Yes – Companies get a single audio conferencing bridge dial-in phone number for easy universal access.

Yes – Audio-only calls can be created when a host generates an Audio pin

Yes – Just call the number listed on the meeting invite, or join via the link and turn off your camera

Yes – but only in selected countries, and each user dialing into meetings will need an audio-conferencing license.

Yes – in a meeting contact card, users can tap the phone number under Details to call using their default phone or voice app

Yes – Easy access to audio conferencing is provided via a traditional PSTN number

  • Free – no time limit
  • Browser functionality
  • SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • High quality video
  • Reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Feature-rich free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Affordable
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality video
  • Easy setup
  • Google Calendar compatibility
  • Saves chat logs
  • Easy integration with Google apps
  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Lots of features
  • Many software integrations
  • Recording costs extra
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • No analytics
  • Free – no single sign-on
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Spotty connectivity
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • Connectivity issues without update
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Isobel is a writer at Tech.co with a wealth of experience covering business and technology news. Since specializing in Digital Anthropology at University College London (UCL), she’s been a regular contributor to Market Finance’s blog and has also spent time working as a freelance tech researcher. As a writer, Isobel takes a particular interest in issues regarding data security, social media, and emerging business technology.

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