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Forget Zoom — Microsoft Teams is getting a ton of killer new features

Microsoft Teams is getting some fun new features that let you pretend your daily meetings are something more exciting than just yet another video call.

The new features were announced today at Microsoft’s Ignite 2020 developer event, and are covered in detail in Microsoft’s blog post. But the headline here is that the rows of squares containing your colleagues will be a lot more interesting and dynamic to look at and interact with once these updates roll out.

The most visually interesting incoming change is the new “Together mode” scenes. This lets users transpose their webcam footage into an image of a more normal environment, such as a coffee shop, meeting room or lecture theater.

(Image credit: Microsoft)

Related is the ability to customize meeting layouts. Microsoft gives the example of putting your camera feed in front of your presentation slides, letting you present your content more personally than you could as just a voice-over.

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