Microsoft Teams is starting the new year off with some fun updates, as the team collaboration platform is reportedly adding even more video filters to its conferencing tools.
It's no secret that Microsoft Teams is constantly updating its platform. Just last year, the company launched a wide range of Microsoft Teams updates to improve the experience of the newly hybrid workers that have setup at home since the start of the pandemic.
This year is no different, as Microsoft Teams is hitting the ground running with some fun updates that will make your meetings a bit more entertaining.
Video Filters in Microsoft Teams Meetings
According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, which provides an insight into the updating coming to the platform, Microsoft Teams will be adding fun video filters that can alter the apperance of attendees or their backgrounds during meetings.
“Video filters allow participants in Teams Meetings to augment their video stream with visual effects. The effects are provided by app developers on Teams Platform.” – Microsoft 365 roadmap entry
As noted in the Microsoft 365 roadmap entry, the filters will be created by app developers, so it's safe to assume there will be plenty to choose from when they go live. The entry states that users can expect the new filters around February of this year.
Video filters like these have become increasingly popular on Zoom, where users have been replacing themselves with potatoes and other fun backgrounds for a while now. The new filters won't serve much of a practical purpose beyond making work a little fun, which Microsoft Teams is already on top of with features like Games for Work.
Is Microsoft Teams Good for Business?
If your team has gone hybrid in the last few years, capturing that in-office culture can be tough. Some employees may be exclusively working from home, which means team members can feel a bit left out, which is never good for producitivity.
This is where Microsoft Teams really shines. Beyond providing the basic functionality of collaboration platforms, like project management and messaging tools, Microsoft Teams has a lot of fun stuff built in that can capture some of the company culture magic that promotes retention and prevents quiet quitting.
On top of that, it's constantly being updated, so much so that we're regularly covering the new features added to Microsoft Teams. Even better, the updates are regularly based on customer feedback, so the platform has quickly turned into a favorite for companies that need to get work done. Plus, with seamless integration with the rest of the Microsoft 365 system, it's a no-brainer for companies already using services like Outlook.
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