Virtual background support for Linux
Please add support for using a virtual background on Linux.
Suggested initial level of support:
* Support using a green/blue screen to determine where to replace the background (i.e., simple overlay).
* Support using a user provided PNG or JPEG image for the virtual background.
Future level of support:
* Support blur or replace of the background without needing a green/blue screen (this would understandably require either a GPU for acceleration or a very high performance CPU).
* Support using a MPEG or OGG video for the virtual background.
Using V4L2 hardware acceleration (when available) would be preferred to doing everything on the CPU. If using the CPU, running the video processing on a separate thread would be preferable to doing the processing in an existing thread.
Thank you for your feedback. The team is looking into options on how to improve the Teams meetings experience on Linux.
The Teams core product is being rewritten as Teams 2.0, and it will be using Edge Webview rather than Electron as its core architecture. At present, Edge Webview is Windows only - it does not yet support MacOS, let alone Linux. There is yet to be official confirmation that an Edge Webview package is planned for Linux, and the earliest rumor of a MacOS build is not until 2022 (that is also unconfirmed).
The roadmap for Edge presumably has this written somewhere so:
* Is the Teams for Linux preview going to see any further updates at all now that Teams 2.0 is in progress?
* Due to Teams 2.0 being dependent on Edge Webview, can we assume that there will be no plans for Teams 2.0 on Linux until the Edge team commits to a Linux port of this package? Is there any expectation at all that such a package will ever exist?
Nico Roets commented
Come on Microsoft!! With this amount of votes and still nothing????
Persics Bálint commented
It is ridicoulus, that MS does not support it for Linux. Retire the Linux version, you must feel ashamed about the support you provide for Linux.
Please we need this on Linux
Richard Jesús Hernández Afonso commented
Please implement background blurr on linux systems or at least give us an estimate date.
This is all a form of gaslighting by Microsoft. Perhaps at Halloween they could release a memo that effectively states it was never their intention to provide a Teams client for Linux on par with their Microsoft/Apple desktop clients, and we should just have used the Chrome browser client all along?
We really need this feature, in my company we use it but due to the lack of virtual background feature i'm forced to use teams in the VM or definitely use zoom which does have the feature.
Any kind of information about this feature, even if the information is that there is no new information and it isn't being worked on yet, would be appreciated.
At the times the original request was raised, both Teams and Zoom were lacking it. I see MS is still evaluating the request, while as of today Zoom did already implement it.
When will we finally get new features???
>>Alex (Teams Engineering, Microsoft Teams) antwortete · 24. April 2021
Thank you for your feedback. The team is looking into options on how to improve the Teams meetings experience on Linux.<<
When can we expect any improvements on the meeting experience on linux?
Or do you just keep on closing all the inquiries regarding that topic?
Up-vote for this as well.
Philipp Reichmuth commented
I really wanted to believe that Tams for Linux was going somewhere :(
Hamid Zare commented
I've been using this to control my webcam and background on any video call app on Linux
Setup your webcam to focus and follow your face by cropping and resizing the frames it receives from your main webcam.
Separate the people in the frame from the background using a fast real-time prediction model. The model outputs a mask values between 0 to 1. We have mods based on this to swap the background with:
a solid color
blurred version of the input frame (aka blur my background)
Interactively move your camera around with arrow keys ctrl+arrowkeys Resize the cropped frame using ctrl+shift+arrowkeys
Interactively pad your camera output with arrow keys alt+arrowkeys while keeping the output framesize fixed.
Shouldn't it be under the Linux tag?
It takes time, they need to review letter by letter. Microsoft took more than a year to figure out that they would like to split the inital request " Keep the Linux Client up to date with the latest features" (https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/40324324-keep-the-linux-client-up-to-date-with-the-latest-f) into smaller tasks. But as we can see still they are not capable to provide a proper linux client on time.
I wonder how long does the "review" take. It's been "Under review" for almost 3 months... So will it take another year? Then another year for implementation? And six more months for a deployment?
Please add the virtual background support!!
it would be great if you could provide this feature, especially nowadays as so many people is working from home in sub-optimal conditions.
It would be really nice to have virtual background support.
I've seen several reports where people say they've seen this feature in Linux - but that it disappeared. Microsoft have the resources to make this feature happen in the blink of an eye if they want to. So it all boils down to priorities, and why MSFT is not devoting resources to it (in case there's a technical problem) - or just plain switch it on again.
I guess the most likely cause is that Microsoft's DNA is to always ensure that Windows is better supported and has more features. Nothing exceptional about a big company putting their own interests firsts. Although it's annoying for Linux users. But they'll eventually just grumble and move on. After all - they're not using Linux for the smooth UI and slick user experience.
Linux is underserved in terms of good software. It would be great if Microsoft saw this as an opportunity.