INTRO: Microsoft Teams recently gained the power to let users set custom backgrounds for video calls. The feature apparently wasn’t persistent and required to be set whenever users start a replacement meeting. Well, not anymore. Microsoft has now made the virtual background permanent and it’ll remain an equivalent unless you manually change again.
“I’m happy to share that the default background feature is live. The background you select will now continue all of your meetings and calls, until you opt to vary it,” wrote Microsoft’s Alex during a forum post on Microsoft Teams UserVoice.
In case you didn’t know already, you’ll change the background either before a gathering starts or during a gathering. To change the background beforehand, head to ‘Background effects’ and upload the image you favor using the ‘Add new’ option. The supported image formats are .jpg, .png, and .bmp. On the opposite hand, you’ll change the background while you’re during a meeting from More Actions -> Show background effects -> Add new.
Microsoft mentions that custom backgrounds aren’t live for Linux users just yet. In addition, it’s worth remarking that background effects won’t be available if you’re using Teams through optimized virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Microsoft Teams isn’t the sole video conferencing platform that has added support for custom backgrounds. Almost all mainstream video calling platforms including Zoom and Cisco Webex support the feature, especially because of the increased adoption due to the pandemic. Also, Google Meet will add support for custom backgrounds this October.
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