Teams on Web gets background effects and Live Captions

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  • Microsoft has just announced a host of new features coming to Teams on the Web.
  • Users will soon benefit from additions such as Live Captions and CART captions.
  • Another notable feature coming to Teams on the Web is the background effects.
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We haven’t spoken about Teams in quite a while, so it was about time to hear some new details about Microsoft’s highly popular communications app.

In fact, through a recent blog post, the company has introduced quite a few new features for Microsoft Teams for the web.

All of these latest functionalities are pretty basic and are already available on Teams desktop clients, so the novelty here is that they’ve also been added to the web version of the app.

Live Captions are coming to the web version of Teams

Shortly after announcing the new host of improved AI features coming to everyone’s favorite conferencing app, Microsoft comes with new features for the web version as well.

Users that rely on Microsoft Teams for the web will finally be able to use features such as background effects for the first time ever.

Furthermore, Teams for the web now give users the ability to blur their background or use a Microsoft-provided background during a meeting.

If you remember, this is a promise that Microsoft made back in 2021, so people are pretty psyched to see it being delivered so soon.

The Redmond-based tech company has also highlighted another great function that will make its way to the web version of Teams.

That being said, know that the Teams web client will now allow users to view captions coming from a CART provider (real-time captioning) within the Microsoft Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window.

You should also know that you can enable the CART caption from the meeting options on the web version of your Teams app.

But wait, there’s more. Support for Live Captions is yet another useful feature that Teams users on the web have been asking for.

Now, Microsoft has finally added it, giving users the opportunity to see who is speaking along with what’s being said.

It’s important to note that Live Captions support is currently available in several spoken languages, including German, Portuguese (Brazil), Japanese, Hindi, and more.

And, last but not least, Microsoft added Live Transcript support, which allows all users to follow and review conversations alongside the meeting video or audio in real-time.

We’re going to keep an eye out and inform you on any other new features being added to either the web or desktop/mobile app versions of Microsoft Teams.

Out of all the features being added to Teams for web, which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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