Microsoft Teams: Blur my background! (Please…)

Have you been on a conference call where everyone turns on their video, except for you? If you’re like me, I don’t like to turn mine on because of the messy house, or just ugly office behind me. Well – Microsoft Teams has you covered. You can now blur your background when in a conference in Microsoft Teams! You can now use video, and not  worry about what’s behind you. Watch the below 90 second video to learn more!

Microsoft Teams: Sorry, I was talking on mute.

Have you been in a virtual meeting and you started talking, but wondered why no one was answering you, and the call kept going with you unacknowledged? Well, I feel your pain, it happens to me all the time too. It’s called talking on mute, where the microphone is muted yet I did not realize it was muted, and I started talking only to hear nothing in return from my intended audience.

Today, I was on a call (in Microsoft Teams) where this happened – but something magical occurred when I was talking on mute. Microsoft Teams notified me automatically to let me know I was talking on mute! For someone who has “talkingonmute-itis“, this notification is magical and exciting!

Essentially it works pretty much as described. If your microphone is on mute and you start talking, a message will appear in the meeting window: “Your microphone is muted”. Here’s what that looks like:

Game changing, enjoy!