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.
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.
Learn more about this feature here.
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