We’ve all been there – a video call request from your boss comes through, just as you realise your room is a state.
But the days of frantically attempting to shove everything in the wardrobe could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Microsoft‘s latest feature.
The tech giant has launched a new tool for Teams called ‘decorate your background’.
As the name suggests, the tool uses artificial intelligence (AI) to clean up your background on video calls.
And it’s not just a quick tidy we’re talking about – the tool can also add decorations to your calls, whether it’s a festive Christmas tree or a calming plant.
The days of frantically attempting to shove everything in the wardrobe on video calls could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Microsoft’s latest feature
The new tool was announced by Microsoft at its Ignite conference this week.
‘Make meetings more fun and personal with Decorate your background,’ Microsoft said.
‘Meeting participants can now use generative background effects in Teams to show up their best – even when the space they’re working from isn’t at its best.’
The tool uses AI to generate a background that either decorates or declutters your real-world room.
Users can choose from three options – clean-up, fancy, or celebration.
As you might have guessed, the clean-up option subtly tidies your background, removing items from the floor and distracting items on shelves.
The tool uses AI to generate a background that either decorates or declutters your real-world room
‘Make meetings more fun and personal with Decorate your background,’ Microsoft said
The fancy option adds sparkling fairy lights and glasses of champagne to your background.
Meanwhile, the celebration option adds a festive Christmas tree and presents behind you.
The feature will launch in early 2024 for Teams Premium users.
The news comes shortly after a study revealed how your background on video calls can influence the first impression you make.
Researchers from Durham University say that people who sit in front of houseplants or bookcases are deemed the most trustworthy.
In contrast, people who use novelty backdrops such as beaches or animals are deemed the least competent, according to the study.
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