Avatars for Microsoft Teams begins rolling out to public preview today, in the Microsoft Teams desktop app on Windows and Mac.
A day of hybrid meetings can be exhausting, especially when you’re distracted by how you or your background looks. According to our research, video usage is highly correlated to meeting participation, inclusiveness, and effectiveness. However, only ~30% of participants meet with their video on. Avatars for Microsoft Teams offers an alternative to the current binary option of video or no video. Avatars for Teams gives you that much-needed camera break, while still allowing you to collaborate effectively. Include more people in the conversation— whether they need a break due to video fatigue, are joining from a different time zone, or just feel more comfortable with their video off.
Starting today, you can represent yourself the way you want with customizable avatars and reactions. Avatars for Teams public preview is currently available in the Microsoft Teams desktop app on Windows and Mac. It is not yet available in the consumer version of Teams or in the new Teams at this time. Learn more about enabling the avatars for Teams public preview experience here. For more information on avatars, visit our website.
Since we announced the release to private preview in October, we’ve made a few updates.
Improved performance and lighting for avatars
Our first step toward more realistic avatars is a new lighting system. This has improved performance and enhanced the appearance of avatar skin and hair.
Additional customization options with wardrobe, headwear, and accessories
Represent yourself the way that you want. This new version will include a multitude of new customization options, like bindis and hearing aids.
Animated emoji reactions
We understand that there is a lot that can be communicated non-verbally, so we’ve upgraded our reactions. If you react using the Teams emoji reactions, your avatar will mimic that reaction with their body. For example, if you utilize the raised hand reaction, your avatar will also raise their hand.
Avatars for Microsoft Teams: in Public Preview
Add a new layer of choice to your meetings. Connect like never before with avatars for Teams. Learn more about enabling the avatars for Teams experience here.