Updated Tech Tip: The Latest Teams Features

Microsoft hasn’t slowed down the additions of new features in Teams. They’re way past trying to catch-up with Zoom. Continue reading to learn about animated avatars, automated meeting minutes, and more.

Avatars in Microsoft Teams

Maintain presence in meetings off-camera with avatars in Teams. Avatars are customizable, so you can create one that best represents you. To get started, add the Avatars app from Apps on the left side of Teams and make your first avatar. Then, turn your camera off before or during a meeting, then select More options > Effects and avatars. There you can choose an existing avatar or make a new one. To learn more, see Join a meeting as an avatar in Teams.

Focus On Who’s Talking in Meetings

Focus on who’s speaking during bigger meetings with Speaker view, a setting that spotlights the video of whoever is talking. Turn on Speaker view by selecting View > Speaker view from the meeting controls.

Review Meetings in Minutes in the Meeting Recap Tab

See a past meeting’s details in one place. View meeting recordings, transcripts, and more without switching screens or apps. Just open the meeting in your Teams calendar and select the Recap tab. To learn more, see Meeting recap in Microsoft Teams.

Hand Raised, Hand Lowered

Never forget to put your hand down in a meeting again. Now, Teams automatically lowers your hand when it senses that you’re done sharing.

Improve Your Video Quality With Green Screen

Look sharper and clearer in your Teams meetings, or move and use props without distorting your virtual background, with green screen. To use green screen, you’ll need a solid-colored backdrop or wall behind you. Then, go to Settings > Devices and turn on the Green Screen toggle to apply it to your next meeting.

Express yourself with Teams Video Filters

Show your personality in Teams meetings with custom video filters. Go to Video effects before or during your meeting to apply animated frames, color hues, and more to your video.

Teams Profiles Just Got More Personal

Get to know your colleagues better from the expanded view of Teams profiles. See someone’s LinkedIn profile, career updates, birthday, and more. You can also add pronouns to your profile card.

We hope you’re getting the most from your Teams experience. Remember, Teams is included free with almost all Microsoft 365 plans. For more details on other features, check out this regularly updated What’s New In Microsoft Teams article.