365 Unplugged: Surface, Earbuds, and Microsoft Teams

In this episode, Alistair Pugin and I talk about the recent Surface event where Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Earbuds – and whether they (and other earbuds) are suitable devices for use with Microsoft Teams calls:

The video we’re referring to is this one, and you’ll note at the 0:45 mark where it refers to answering calls, the Microsoft Teams logo shows prominently before the other Office product logos appear together.

365 Unplugged: Custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams

In the latest episode of 365 Unplugged, Alistair Pugin and I were onsite at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. We were working on a super-secret project for Microsoft Teams, but decided that given we were recording the episode in person (not via Microsoft Teams) we should talk about a feature that doesn’t exist in the real world: custom backgrounds.

While background blur has already existed in Microsoft Teams for a while, a feature demonstrated back in March 2019 showed the ability to use custom backgrounds such as an office, company logo, or Microsoft campus.

We talk about administrative controls, what’s professional and what’s not, and what we’d like to see in this feature.