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Microsoft Teams gains virtual scenarios and more functions for video calls | Productivity

Microsoft Teams, a collaborative service from Microsoft, won on Thursday (19) new functions aimed at online meetings. One of them is the possibility to choose virtual scenarios to display in video calls, something that can be useful for those who do not have an office at home, but are forced to do a home office during the Covid-19 pandemic. Other novelties involve tools to interact better in connections with many people, in addition to automatic subtitling and silencing ambient sounds.

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According to the manufacturer, the funds will be released in 2020, but there is still no confirmed date. Although the free version brings video calls, only subscribers will have access to the news. The collaborative tool is part of the Office 365 Business package, which has a monthly fee starting at R $ 39.

Microsoft Teams can create virtual office for video calls Photo: Divulgao / MicrosoftMicrosoft Teams can create virtual office for video calls Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

Microsoft Teams can create virtual office for video calls Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

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Teams uses artificial intelligence to track the user's contour and movements and replace the background with fictional scenarios. You can choose ready-made templates for the office, beach, among others, or upload a customized image. The feature is an advance on the function of blurring the background of the image available until then.

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During video calls, the system will also be able to identify ambient noise and suppress it so as not to disturb communication with typing sounds or plastic packaging, for example. The user will also be able to press the Raise hand button to signal a desire to speak at a meeting with many participants.

Microsoft Teams cancels ambient noise in video calls Photo: Divulgao / MicrosoftMicrosoft Teams cancels ambient noise in video calls Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

Microsoft Teams cancels ambient noise in video calls Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft

In addition, conversations can become more fluid with the possibility of separating chats in new windows and responding to messages even offline. For faster communications, customers of the service will also have the possibility to create groups with instant voice messages in walkie-talkie style. All tools are integrated with Bookings, a feature available in March that allows you to schedule appointments and appointments in a calendar.