Load picture as background instead of blur background in Teams video chat
How about loading a picture as a defined background instead of just blur the background during a Teams video chat?
So, for example, I could load an all black picture as the default background to keep the focus on me.
Thanks for your feedback – the increase in votes recently has been noticed. We are working on this feature and are hoping to release within a quarter. We’ll share more updates as we get closer to the release.
Yeah... so, this needs to happen now. All of us are using platforms for both work and fun. Frankly, I'd rather set up a happy hour on zoom just for the custom backgrounds. Just release it into the wild and slap a BETA sticker on it.
This is the moment… not within a quarter. We should see it available the next week. Thanks!
Jeff Garrison commented
Do you not get offended that your competitors (much smaller and less resources than you) can absolutely DUST you in product/feature release?
I've seen WAY more social media evidence that folks are using ZOOM than Teams. If I was on your product team, I'd be a little more concerned. Don't undervalue the cool (or security) factor to your "big business" folks.
George Morris commented
Microsoft posted that it was coming in March of 2019! What is the hold up? Why do your competitors steal your ideas and then implement them FASTER??
Here is the post from March of 2019: https://news.microsoft.com/europe/2019/03/19/homeworkers-rejoice-microsoft-teams-new-customized-background-feature-hides-distractions-at-the-press-of-a-button/
Hi, yes zoom have it and better you can get videos as background, not only pics
It has been over a year since Microsoft released a video advertising the use of the Teams Custom Background. We are deploying Microsoft Teams and we have users calling in who saw the advertisements of this feature and are asking how to do it. It is an embarrassment to say "Microsoft Teams doesn't do that." when there are videos from Microsoft showing it being done a year ago.
Zoom has it and it works a treat.....
Microsoft, come on, catch up as you are being shown up here....
Now is the time, ASAP.
I even asked for this on https://answers.microsoft.com/threadauth/89b10b89-57e7-4e4e-b804-388ed9a53a12 where I quoted a video where a woman next to Microsoft CEO was demonstrating this feature.
They replied me via e-mail:
Your question has a reply
Hi Sérgio Loureiro,
Ankita Vaidya MSFT has replied to your question Teams Custom Background for call in Microsoft Community.
Thanks for sharing the link again. Enter customized backgrounds is a new Microsoft Teams feature and as per Microsoft News centre (posted on March, 2019) it will arrive later this year. Since we are also not able to get this features, so we had check this case with our consult team and they update that Product team is working on this feature and are hoping to release within a quarter, you can find this update on our Uservoice link via https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/38824921-load-picture-as-background-instead-of-blur-backgro. Once we get any update about this features, we will post back here accordingly and you can also check the next update for this feature via tracking the above Uservoice link. Further if you have any suggestion or comments for this features, we request you to kindly post your comment on our above Uservoice link, so our product team can also check your suggestions.
Many thanks for kind understanding and co-operation.
Thanks and regards,
Al Ruggiere commented
Within a quarter we will all back at work! Come on! Release this already!!
Use zoom until it gets deployed
Yes. This is needed now. How can we tell users to stick with Teams without this much needed feature? Release the test version to all users immediately.
Microsoft promised this was coming "soon" over a year ago (https://news.microsoft.com/europe/2019/03/19/homeworkers-rejoice-microsoft-teams-new-customized-background-feature-hides-distractions-at-the-press-of-a-button/)
Now we're hearing "within the next quarter". Well just so everyone knows, you can just move to Zoom and use this feature right away. Pity Microsoft has been so slow on this. You've lost yet another customer to Zoom.
Alan Mathison commented
As a teacher I want to give my kids a sense of normalcy. I want a picture of my classroom, or even a video of our campus in the background. And not requiring a green screen to do it. This was teased a year ago. Please expedite its rollout.
Marc Poensgen commented
while MS is not able to offer the CI background we have invested into ZOOM :((
Better today than tomorrow..
Within a quarter? It was supposed to be “soon” over a year ago
Richard Marquart commented
I agree with Taz. This COVID-19 epidemic is forcing people to remote conferencing. Chances are what they use now they'll use as their main program going forward. If you want to capture the market now is the time.
Everyone may be back to more in-person communication in a quarter... People want customization now to help endure the bland monotony they are going through on a daily basis.
Peter Lugaro commented
Is there a dev version out there? I have seen this feature already in action.
Taz Diaz commented
We've been testing it internally as a Microsoft partner and it works better than the other platforms. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 outbreak, people are going to Zoom because it already has the feature. This needs to go wide release now, not later, or you're going to lose a lot of users to Zoom.