What’s New in Microsoft Teams | August 2023

Welcome to the August 2023 edition of What’s New in Teams! Following a month of great announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2023, we are not slowing down by bringing you 52 new features and devices for the month of August.

We have a great line-up of new features to announce. My personal favorites are Animated Backgrounds in Teams Meetings which allows me to replace their existing background with a dynamic animation for a more immersive virtual environment and the Task lists sync in Microsoft Loop to sync my to-do list across my Microsoft Planner and To Do apps to ensure I do not miss important tasks. And every month we add new devices that certified and ready to use for Teams. Find devices that are certified for Teams for all types of spaces and uses at aka.ms/teamsdevices.


Please read about all the updates and let me know your thoughts! I’ll do my best to respond and answer questions as they come up.




Teams Phone

Chat and Collaboration

Teams Rooms and Devices

Frontline Workers and Vertical Solutions

IT Admin and Security



Teams Premium

Teams for Education




Animated Backgrounds
The dynamic background feature in Teams Meetings allows you to replace their existing background with a dynamic animation for a more immersive virtual environment. It offers various options to enhance meeting experience with creativity and personalization according to their preferences.

Before a meeting starts, on the pre-join screen, select Effects and Avatars > Video effects and select a new animated background, identified by the small video icon in the bottom-left corner of the preview picture. During a meeting, you can select an animated background by clicking More > Effects and Avatars > Select a background.

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Learn more about this feature here.



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What’s More Effective in Web3 Marketing, Audio Ads or Video Ads?

A recent breakthrough adds another layer of complexity to Web3 marketing ads. Amid the dizzying pace of technological evolution, it seems there is still much to be learned from audio ads.

Indeed, a new study reveals audio advertising may just have carved out a niche advantage over video advertising. So, how should Web3 marketers respond?

Audio Ads Outperform Video Ads

At a glance, the digital marketing market is heavily dominated by video. According to the Internet Advertising Bureau, spending on video advertisements will increase by 21% this year. This contrasts with the 11% growth forecasted for overall digital advertising.

Therefore, the cumulative expenditure on digital video ads is anticipated to surpass $55.2 billion by 2023.

Platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snap, Twitter, and TikTok continue to lure significant investments due to the large viewer base, particularly for content led by creators. However, this dominance might be on the cusp of a subtle shift.

Read more: How Web3 Brands Can Boost Leads With Engaging Content

Digital Video Ads Revenue
Digital Video Ads Revenue. Source: Statista

A new study by Dentsu revealed that audio ads hold a distinct advantage in garnering attention and fostering brand awareness.

In subsequent surveys, around 41% of audio ads resulted in accurate brand recall. This is a slight yet significant lead over the 38% benchmark for other forms of advertising, primarily video.

“The fact is audio attention is proving to be really high compared to our norms for other platforms, which is counterintuitive, given that you’re often multitasking when you’re consuming audio. But it actually has that attentive engagement more than other channels,” said Doug Rozen, CEO of Dentsu Media.

Read more: 6 Best Web3 Marketing Agencies To Support Your Crypto Project

Audio Attention Outperforms
Audio Attention Outperforms. Source: Dentsu

Moreover, audio advertising boasted an average of 10,126 attentive seconds per thousand impressions, eclipsing

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See What’s Free on Android and iOS Apps this Week

Thousands of Android and iOS apps are available, and while everyone has favorites, sometimes we seek something new. Aware that not all can afford paid apps, we at nextpit have scoured the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to find normally paid apps now available for free!

Firstly, you should bear in mind that the iOS and Android apps listed here are available for free. In other words, we have absolutely no idea when this offer will expire. It is imperative you download and install whatever app that strikes your fancy as soon as possible. 

We also ensured that none of these free apps in our list are rated at less than 3.5 stars. Unlike our Top 5 Apps of the Week, we do not perform in-depth reviews of the apps listed. 

Tip: If you stumbled upon an interesting app that is listed here but don’t need it just yet, we would recommend you install it before deleting it. By doing so, you will save the app in your library and install it later without having to pay for it, even after the promotion has ended.

Android apps available for free for a limited time

Android apps for productivity and lifestyle

  • Print Photo ($2.99): Most of us use our smartphones as our primary photography tool. This app lets you resize photos and make them ready for printing at a photo shop.
  • Manual Camera: DSLR Camera Pro ($4.99): If you want to exercise more creativity using your smartphone’s camera, this app provides manual controls.
  • Loan Calculator ($14.99): While death and taxes are considered certainties in life, I do think loans fall under such a category as well. This app lets you know just how much you owe creditors like banks. 
  • Sleep Sound (
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