Microsoft Teams reportedly getting support for custom backgrounds in video calls

Microsoft Teams already allows you to blur your background in video calls, but it could be set to add a more substantial way to get rid of background noise. According to a report from Petri's Brad Sams, Microsoft is gearing up to launch a feature that will let you customize your background, and it's coming later this year.

Background blurring can already be incredibly useful in situations where you may be taking a call with your boss from your home office, in a shared workspace, a coffee shop, or anywhere else where what's going on behind you may be distracting. The ability to outright replace your background takes that a step further, ensuring that the focus stays completely on you throughout a video call.

The option to blur your background during a call initially debuted in Teams late last year. More recently, it also made its way to Skype, opening it up to a wider audience. It will be interesting to see if the custom background feature will follow the same trajectory, eventually making its way to Skype users as well.

Microsoft has yet to announce the feature, so there's no firm timeline on when to expect it to arrive. According to Sams, however, the company is planning to launch custom backgrounds later in 2019.

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  • Makes sense.
    They just offered the auto blur on Skype and Skype for Business is being replaced with Teams.
  • Yeah....that'll fix all the problems N-utella has brought.
  • What?
    You mean record profits? Maybe you meant focus on and expansion into to new services. Or maybe you're one of those 5 peoe who are still butt hurt because your Windows phone 8 Lumia 822 is no longer supported.
  • YOU BETTER TAKE THOSE WORDS BACK!!!!! *Holds on to his Lum...wait, that's a Note 9. Never mind.
  • Cool story man
  • funny that here the word "N utella" (attached) is censored
  • Yeah, who'da thought a childish/racist nickname would be banned 🙄
  • It was a major problem a couple of years ago on Windows Central where hundreds of comments would have n u t e l l a and then some comment how ballmer was better.
  • When did that made up word become racist? Isn't it simply a mock or slang for that Microsoft persons name? Is it a term that I could use to refer to other people of a certain race? I was raised properly. NONE of us freak out over words. Hey kids! Words are harmless.
  • @Biff Henderson, Context is one of the defining principle of linguistics.
  • ******* isn't a made up word. It is a dark colored food spread. Even if you don't mean it in a racist way, there are racist overtones. No getting around it.
  • Somewhat related, is anyone having issues with Teams on Android after the latest update? I can't sign in anymore.
  • Works fine here
  • I am to expect a lot more sign-in issues in the near future still. Nothing seems to work on that front apparently. I mean none of my devices are getting updated to 1809 still, which is pathetic, you had the activation issues, Azure problems, Office 365 lock-outs, XBox login failure. I think something fishy is going on still everywhere around Microsoft services. I'm not blaming them yet though. I remember when we had an IP address mistyped in Docler Holding which masked the domain so that it prevented on some major European Switch Centers their webservers to be UPC's, the countries second largest Internet provider. Leaving subscribers with basically a radomly working Internet connection to its every which aspect. Basically the Internet was down for one-third of the country for a week or so.
  • I'm able to sign in. no problem
  • I am hoping they also include animated backgrounds at some point. ;-)
    I cannot install 3rd party software on my company laptop that would enable me to do that.