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.

Meetings in Microsoft Teams – are you changing your behaviours?

Microsoft Teams brings a raft of features that many users may not have previously had access to. Even if people had been using Skype for Business previously, there are still a number of innovations and features that were not available (and will not be available) in that platform.

In my latest piece for AvePoint – “How to Master Modern Meetings in Microsoft Teams”, I talk through some quick tips before, during and after the meeting to get the most of the features in Microsoft Teams. I also talk about how meetings have changed due to technology, but also how we need to change as people to make the most of them.

This piece compliments previous pieces I’ve written about meetings as well as my Office 365 Good Etiquette Guide which breaks them up into smaller topics.