One of the best features of Microsoft Teams is aimed at more users

Microsoft is preparing an update for collaborative platform Teams that will bring one of the most popular features to more users.

According to two new entries (opens in a new tab) in the Microsoft 365 product roadmap, Microsoft extends the ability to replace and blur the background of a video call to people running on virtual offices from Citrix and VMware.

The update is currently in development, but should start rolling out to Microsoft Teams users at some point next month.

Microsoft Teams Backgrounds

Since the transition to remote working, virtually all major video conferencing providers have deployed virtual background feature, which allows users to block the room behind them with an overlay of their choice.

A more subtle option is to blur the background, which has the dual effect of obscuring anything incriminating that might be around a bedroom or home office and focusing attention. on the person’s face.

Although Microsoft Teams has offered such a feature for quite some time, it was traditionally only available to users of its desktop and mobile clients.

After bringing background effects to the web client and those running Teams on Azure Virtual Desktop or Windows 365 earlier this year, the feature will now also be available for Citrix and VMware virtual desktop users.

The overall goal is to ensure that the meeting experience is consistent for all Microsoft Teams users, regardless of the client or hardware they use to connect.

Beyond the virtual backgrounds feature, Microsoft has made a number of recent additions to Teams for this purpose, including the ability to benefit from end-to-end encryption when logging in from the desktop, combine work and business accounts and access screen sharing controls for all clients.

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