Avatars for Microsoft Teams is finally rolling out

Kerem Gülen
May 30, 2023

As we've reported last month, Avatars for Microsoft Teams have made their debut, bringing a notable shift to the visual dynamics of workplace calls.

In light of an ongoing rollout of a new feature, the visual aspects of your Microsoft Teams workplace calls are poised for a significant transformation. The renowned video conferencing platform recently unveiled the introduction of virtual avatars, accessible to all users of the Microsoft Teams desktop app on Windows and Mac platforms.

This fresh offering endeavors to enhance the overall meeting experience by granting users a wider range of customization choices and elevating the visual appeal of phone interactions.

As highlighted in its official entry on the Microsoft 365 roadmap, Microsoft highlights that the upcoming feature aims to offer users "the option of a camera break while encouraging engagement and fun." The company underscores that the avatars will be customizable, and new personalized reactions will be incorporated.

Expanding on the existing functionalities that allow users to blur backgrounds and soften video feeds to conceal imperfections, the addition of visual effects introduces animated frames and video effects that alter hues.

Microsoft acknowledges that the introduction of the new Microsoft Teams avatars presents an alternative to the current binary choice of "video or no video." Notably, FaceTime users have long been able to employ their own Animoji or Memoji during video calls. With this new feature, Microsoft anticipates attracting a greater number of users to the Teams platform as a whole.

During the recent Microsoft Build event, Microsoft made an additional announcement regarding the introduction of "immersive spaces" for Microsoft Teams calls. Utilizing the newly developed Microsoft Mesh platform, these spaces are designed to offer a truly immersive experience for Teams meetings, catering to those who seek a level of separation from their physical office environment.

The announcement reads:

Today, we are excited to announce key milestones on the journey to bring Mesh to life – progress with the Mesh product as well as by early adopter customers. First, an update on the latest product news:

  • Avatars for Microsoft Teams is rolling out to general availability in phases starting this week. It will be available to Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3, Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Teams Premium customers.
  • Immersive spaces for Microsoft Teams is in private preview – available for Teams Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers.
  • The Mesh platform is available in private preview. Interested organizations and developers can register their interest here.
Image courtesy of Microsoft

Immersive spaces

Available through a PC or a virtual reality headset, these experiences are said to encompass expansive virtual locations, enabling users to navigate between various rooms or spaces to engage with different teams or individuals. With the inclusion of spatial audio, users will be able to participate in one-on-one conversations or participate in larger discussions with multiple conversations happening concurrently.

Consequently, the introduction of these immersive spaces has the potential to enrich communication within a single team or act as a fundamental component for virtual conferences and company events. It can facilitate seamless collaboration and foster an engaging environment for participants.

Microsoft plans to offer a preview of these immersive spaces in the coming days, allowing users to have an early glimpse of their capabilities. A broader release is scheduled for later this year, making the feature accessible to a wider user base.


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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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