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Microsoft Teams displays now support custom backgrounds and live reactions

Teams Displays Reactions
Teams Displays Reactions (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams displays have a new update available.
  • The update brings support for live reactions and custom background images.
  • You can also use AI-powered quick replies following the update.

Microsoft has a new update for the Teams display experience. The update brings support for several new features, including custom backgrounds within calls and support for live reactions during meetings.

The ability to use custom background images is one of the most popular features within Microsoft Teams. Following this update, you can customize your background while using a Teams display. You can use the feature to blur out your background or to use other backgrounds. In either case, people won't be able to see what's going on behind you, which is nice for keeping confidential information hidden or hiding a messy office.

Teams displays now also support live reactions within meetings. These allow you to share emojis to react during a meeting. It's a nice little feature that lets you show that you understood something or have another emotion without having to interrupt a meeting.

You can also use AI-powered quick responses to reply to messages quickly. Microsoft shares an example in a Tech Community post (opens in new tab):

Suppose you get the following message:"I will send the file over later today." The display experience will suggest appropriate responses like: "Thank you" "I understand" "Looking forward to it"

Teams displays now also have the ability to work with Cortana. You can use Cortana to search the web through Bing for queeries.

Overall, Teams displays become more capable with this update and make it much easier to communicate through Teams from dedicated devices quickly.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at