Microsoft Teams gets animated backgrounds in Teams meetings, new live captions features, and more

Microsoft released a number of updates for Microsoft Teams in August 2023, including simplified call delegation UI and feature enhancements, animated backgrounds in Teams meetings, task lists sync in Microsoft Loop, and a lot more.

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Microsoft Teams Phone got some updates during August as well

Microsoft is introducing a range of new features across its Teams collaboration services throughout August. Microsoft added a total of 52 new features to Teams in August 2023. Here are some of the most notable ones:

  • Dynamic backgrounds: Users can now add animated backgrounds to their Teams meetings. This is a great way to add some personality to the meetings or to hide a messy background. Microsoft Teams Dynamic Banground
  • Ability to join webinars on up to three devices simultaneously: This is a great option for people who want to participate in a webinar from their computer, phone, or tablet.
  • Streamlined call delegation and pre-configured emergency call options: This makes it easier for businesses to manage their Teams phone calls.
  • UI updates for easier navigation and faster meeting join: These updates make it easier to find the features users need and to join meetings quickly.thumbnail image 2 of blog post titled What’s New in Microsoft Teams | August 2023
  • New hardware certifications: Microsoft has certified a new set of hardware devices for Teams, including headsets, cameras, and displays.
  • Improvements to chat and collaboration: These improvements make it easier to collaborate with others in Teams, including the ability to @mention people in chats and to see who is online. Microsoft Teams Updates to the chat message hover menu
  • Teams Rooms and Devices: These improvements make it easier to use Teams Rooms and Devices, such as the ability to control a Teams Room with your voice.
  • Spatial audio is now available in Teams Rooms that have stereo speakers Certified for Teams with right and left capabilities: Users in Teams Rooms can experience a more immersive audio experience, with the voices of speakers coming from different locations in the room.
  • Platform access: These improvements make it easier to access Teams from different platforms, such as the web and mobile devices.
  • Monitoring meeting quality in real-time: This feature allows you to see the quality of your meetings in real-time, so you can troubleshoot any problems.

These are just a few of the new features that Microsoft added to Teams in August 2023. For a complete list, please visit the Microsoft Teams blog.

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