Why didn't Microsoft think of this excellent feature for Teams?

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Updated May 14, 2021: This article has been updated to state that the live edit feature is generally available.

What you need to know

  • Prezi Video has a new feature that lets you add multimedia content over your video feed in conference calls.
  • The feature works with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other popular video calling tools.
  • There isn't a native way to replicate the same functionality through Teams at this time.

Prezi Video is a relatively new tool that allows you to overlay text and multimedia content over your video feed in conference calls. The tool works with popular video conferencing tools, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Meet. Prezi recently added the option to edit content live. Prezi Video's new feature appears to be a useful tool that could be used by teachers, business professionals, and students trying to share information.

ZDNet covered the feature, which is available to all Prezi Video users. It also shared an unlisted video of the feature in action.

Watching the video of Prezi Video (shown below) raises the question, "why didn't Microsoft think of this for Teams?" The feature adds a new layer to communication and is more informative than emojis or waving at a camera. There's a place for those, of course, but being able to add text or images enriches the video conferencing experience.

Microsoft Teams has a Presenter Mode that lets people place themselves as a floating head over their PowerPoint presentation. Microsoft could reuse some of that tech to add a bit of fun and versatility to Teams meetings.

While Prezi works with Microsoft Teams, a native feature within Teams would be more seamless. To use Prezi Video, you have to create the content through Prezi's interface then bring that into Teams. Being able to create, edit, and live edit content over your video feed within Teams could add a new dimension to video conferencing.

Sean Endicott
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