We’re getting closer to Teams’ in-app avatars

Good news for many.

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  • If you don't feel like showing your face on camera at a Teams meeting, you can have a modern 3D avatar do the job for you.
  • The feature was announced late last year and is now closer than ever to the official mass rollout, according to Microsoft.
  • A recent Roadmap 365 post shed light on the fact that May 2023 will be the month when we are getting this feature added.

You surely remember when we told you that modern, 3D mesh avatars are coming to Microsoft’s Teams application.

Indeed, Microsoft plans to add these mesh avatars, along with Premium SKU, Places app, and lots more during 2023.

All this information was made public during the 2022 edition of the Ignite tech conference and it seems like the avatars are coming in a couple of months.

And, as revealed by Microsoft Tech Community officer Avery Salumbides in a blog post, the feature has already been rolling out to public preview by end of March 2023. So, if the timeline is correct, we could see a general availability release by May. 

Avatars for Microsoft Teams offers an alternative to the current binary option of video or no video. Avatars for Teams gives you that much-needed camera break, while still allowing you to collaborate effectively. Include more people in the conversation— whether they need a break due to video fatigue, are joining from a different time zone, or just feel more comfortable with their video off.

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3D avatars for Teams have been announced for May

We want to tell you that, over the past few days, we’ve learned about a lot of new features for Teams, including spatial audio and video filters in meetings.

Now, however, it turns out that Microsoft is also working on adding avatars to its online collaboration and communication platform.

On that note, according to a recent entry on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap with Feature ID 107969, avatars are hitting general availability on Teams in May.

If you didn’t know, the idea behind avatars is for you to take a camera break when required, and have your personalized avatar take over instead.

Before we move on, please keep in mind that Microsoft has also touted customization options and reactions.

Back when the feature was announced, the tech company noted that users who prefer a non-robotic interaction between avatars can enable interactive methods such as eye contact and live reactions.

Another important aspect is the fact that these 3D avatars are powered by the Mesh mixed reality (MR) platform.

Teams 3D avatars have been in private preview for some organizations for the past couple of months and can be utilized through the Avatars app in the Microsoft Teams App Store.

Furthermore, the feature is scheduled to hit general availability for desktop and Mac users in May, later this year, according to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap.

That being said, it is important to note that the timelines mentioned on this portal are tentative and may change prior to release.

Before we conclude, know that we can help with issues such as the join button not working or missing, or the Microsoft Teams profile picture not showing.

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What other features do you think would be a great addition to the Teams app? Let us know in the comments section below.

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