Microsoft Teams Adds New Video Filters

Posted on April 5, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Cloud, Microsoft 365 with 5 Comments

Microsoft Teams is adding new video filters allowing users to improve their appearance during video meetings. The first two filters, Adjust Brightness and Soft focus, have started to roll out on the Teams desktop app and they can be applied before and during meetings.

“Soft focus applies a smoothing effect to appearance, and Adjust brightness enhances the video quality when lighting is poor,” the software giant explained on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. The two filters will be turned off by default, and IT admins will also be able to disable them in their organization. 

Microsoft Teams’ first video filters are pretty subtle compared to the less serious options available on Instagram or other social platforms. Zoom has also added support for more eccentric video filters a while ago, and the Teams competitor went even further by recently launching new 3D animal avatars. 

If Microsoft Teams is keeping its first video filters professional for now, they should still be a welcome complement to the background blur and virtual backgrounds options available in the app. To reduce meeting fatigue, Microsoft also made it possible to hide your own video feed during meetings back in January.

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5 responses to “Microsoft Teams Adds New Video Filters”

  1. thalter

    Great - How about a native ARM64 version for M1 Macs? Teams is literally the last app I use that still requires Rosetta to run.

  2. ebraiter

    Wouldn't mind seeing an option to zoom in for the camera. My Dell laptop [not even 3 years old] has no option to zoom in or out.

  3. hbko

    That's nice. Maybe next is the horrible performance on macOS...

  4. SvenJ

    MacBooks has 'Soft focus' for years. People thought it was just bad cameras, but they were ahead of their time.