Microsoft Teams is set to introduce a new green screen feature on Windows and macOS. The company has announced on the Microsoft 365 Admin center that the green screen technology will allow desktop users to replace their backgrounds with custom images in Teams meetings.
“Green screen improves the sharpness and definition of the virtual background effect around your face, head, ears, and hair. It also allows you to show a prop or other object in your hand to be more visible to other participants in a call. The virtual background with a green screen provides the best virtual background effect, consuming fewer system resources, allowing your Teams to run smoother,” Microsoft explained.
To get started, participants will first need to enable the feature in Settings and place a solid-colored screen or a clean background wall behind them. Users will be able to select a specific background effect and a backdrop color to experience better video quality.
Microsoft notes that the green screen feature is compatible with existing Teams features such as background effects, Presenter modes, and PowerPoint Live Standout. It will automatically disable Together Mode and background blur in Teams meetings. Keep in mind that the feature will only support Windows and macOS devices with Intel processors. However, it won’t be available for Mac machines with M1 and M2 chips.
Microsoft plans to release the green screen feature for Teams meetings in public preview later this month. The company plans to make it generally available for all commercial and government tenants in late April.
Overall, the green screen feature would be a welcome addition that should help desktop users to personalize their meeting experience without using third-party plug-ins. Let us know in the comments below if you think that the feature will help to make meetings more professional and engaging for virtual attendees.