Blur Background: Improve video call focus

Microsoft Teams keeps improving with a bunch of recently released features for desktop, web and mobile devices.

In the modern workplace, many of us are expected to collaborate more and more with colleagues, across the country, or across the world. Research shows the video-sharing capabilities in tools like Microsoft Teams brings us closer together, at least in a metaphorical sense.

 The problem is many of us rarely share videos, for a variety of reasons. We have good news if the reason is you don’t want to expose the background of the location you are meeting from.

The new Background Blur feature in Teams eliminates potential distractions that might be lurking behind you on video calls and keeps the focus on you. Once you’re in a meeting, select the more options button (that’s the one that looks like an ellipsis).

Then click Blur my background. You’ll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed.

This feature is currently available in the desktop app for most newer PCs. 

To find out if it’s available on your device, select more options while in a meeting. If Blur my background appears on the menu, then you're in business.

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