Microsoft Teams gets video filters for Meetings

Mar 14, 2023
Updated • Mar 14, 2023

Microsoft has announced the general availability of video filters in Teams Meetings. The visual enhancement feature began rolling out in Public Preview in January.

Video filters for Microsoft Teams Meetings

What do these filters do? You may be aware of the various background effects that are available in Microsoft Teams, these AI powered effects let you set a virtual backdrop, blur the background, etc. The new video filters for Microsoft Teams Meetings allow you to remove unwanted distractions right in your video. They do so by adding effects such as frames that are animated and styles. This also gives you a way to personalize your video feed. Users can preview the filters by clicking the video effects button, either before joining a meeting, or during a video conference, as illustrated in the screenshot below.

Microsoft Teams video effects

Microsoft's blog article states that the video filters for Teams will be available via apps, including third-party apps on the Teams Platform. While that sounds like it will allow for a lot of customization, but there aren't any that you can download just yet. These apps will be released in the future, Microsoft has already released a first-party app called Custom Filters, that users may use in meetings. Just make your selection from the preview panel, apply it, and let it work its magic.

Now, as far as privacy is concerned, you will need to grant permission to the third-party apps to access your video feed, in order for them to apply the visual effects. The filters from Microsoft's app are available by default, but users (tenant admins) who do not want the effects can disable them manually. To do this, go to the Teams Admin Center website > Manage apps page, and toggle the app. Uninstalling a video filter app will of course remove the effects from Teams.

Don't see the new feature in Teams yet? A Microsoft representative has said that the feature is currently rolling out to users, and will be available for everyone in the coming weeks. The announcement mentions that video filters in Microsoft Teams can only be applied from desktops for now, and that they are not available for EDU tenants (Education organizations).

In case you missed it, the company unveiled Teams Premium last month, which brought AI features powered by GPT 3.5 including intelligent recap with automatically generated notes, recommended tasks, personalized highlights, etc. However, there were some downsides to this, the subscription also removed some features for free users, such as Live Translated Captions, Custom organization Together mode scenes, Virtual Appointments SMS notifications, etc., and placed them behind a paywall.

According to a recent report, the Redmond company is prepping a new version of Teams for work and school. The upcoming app will be based on Microsoft Edge's WebView 2, and is said to offer better performance than the current version, which is an Electron app, that is rather slow and not exactly energy-efficient. Microsoft is also working on bringing Spatial Audio support for Teams, the audio improvement feature is planned for general availability in May 2023.

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Microsoft Teams is rolling out a new feature called video filters for Meetings. The AI-powered enhancement can be used to various effects to your video feed.
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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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