During its online Build event this week, Microsoft officially unveiled that its long-coming Avatars for Teams service will drop on Windows and Mac.
Windows and Mac users can access the integrated, immersive service for Microsoft Teams via the desktop application. The news comes after Microsoft debuted the service via its public preview avenue.
Microsoft designed Avatars for Teams with enterprise end-users in mind. Enterprise customers can access the Avatars for Teams service this week via Microsoft 365 Business and Enterprise licenses.
Is Going Immersive Right for Enterprise Video Calls?
Microsoft is working hard on transforming its Teams service, which is a mainstay for many workplaces, remote or otherwise, into an immersive service that not only differentiates the service from its counterparts but also helps to fight common video conferencing challenges.
For example, Microsoft’s new immersive features allow workers to combat hurdles like Zoom fatigue by providing greater dial-in flexibility.
Microsoft achieves this by providing an immersive alternative to webcam-based dial-in methods. Avatars for Teams allows users to dial in without needing a webcam, replacing the conventional video feed with a customisable avatar.
Teams’ new integrated, immersive features assist workers who cannot share a video feed due to an unsuitable working environment or poor internet connection.
This allows dispersed Teams to continue meeting participation in ways unachievable with simple audio-only dial-on options.
Creating a Perfect Workplace Avatar
Microsoft Teams users can create a new Teams avatar, starting from a selection of base personas; Microsoft encourages users to choose the most suitable base avatar and start personalizing it.
Users can then access customization features like body, face, hair, appearance, and clothing. The features allow employees to alter avatars to fit their desired digital representation. Moreover, Microsoft provides users with various clothing options for a casual or professional-looking avatar – ready for any virtual situation.
Users can use sliders in the face customization tab to alter specific features, including face shape, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Moreover, further personalization options exist for avatar body alterations.