Oh, Snap! Let Your Silly Side Shine with Snapchat Lenses for Microsoft Teams
Published Apr 10 2023 09:25 AM 80.3K Views
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A shower of hearts, a sloth’s warm embrace, or a chicken on your head. It sounds like a fun, eclectic party! Good news, it CAN be—in your next work meeting through Snapchat Lenses for Microsoft Teams.

 

Starting this week, a collection of 20+ of the most popular Snapchat Lenses are available to Teams customers globally*, giving you more ways to express yourself, build relationships and let your meetings shine. Ahem, cue the Sunglasses Lens. Or better yet, check out Bear in Love, Cat on Head, or the Sunset Lenses. And did you know video calls make up 78% of positive memories in meetings?** Why not use Lenses to share more of your personality during your next Teams meeting and create connections with your coworkers that are, dare I say, memorable?

 

The key advantage of Snapchat Lenses for Teams is its direct integration. No need to download anything or add a new app to Teams; it’s already available and ready for you to try!

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Teams is your modern workplace, now smarter with AI, for 280 million people worldwide. And it just got a whole lot more entertaining with the integration of Snapchat Lenses, made possible by Snap's Camera Kit. Lenses allow users to add augmented reality (AR) effects to video calls, bringing livelier human interaction to meetings. AR captures and processes information about our physical environment and then overlays it with virtual objects and information, allowing us to see and experience the world in a different way. Since AR uses cameras, sensors, and displays, which are already built into video conferencing, it is a perfect and seamless fit with Teams.


How to get started using Snapchat Lenses for Teams

Before your next meeting:

  1. Click “Video Effects”
  2. Then “More Video Effects”
  3. Scroll down in the right pane and select “Snapchat” under the “Filters” category
  4. Scroll down to view all and select your favorite Lens
  5. Click “Join now”

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If you already joined a meeting and want to choose a filter:

  1. Click “More…” at the top of your meeting screen
  2. Click “Video Effects”
  3. Scroll down in the right pane and select "Snapchat” under the “Filters” category
  4. Scroll down to view all and select your favorite Lens
  5. Click “Preview” to see your selected Lens without others viewing yet or “Apply” to turn on your favorite Lens

 

Lenses give you an easy way to show your personality or mood—from silly to sweet—through the power of AR. There are Lenses that make you look like a cartoon character, Lenses that add quirky backgrounds like Airy Sparkles to your video feed, and Lenses that let you show up as a Fungi, or... “fun guy?” With so many options to choose from, it's easy to find a Lens that suits your personality and sense of humor.

 

Enhance your meetings and bring levity to any situation—use a wacky Lens as the perfect way to break the ice. If you're meeting a new team member for the first time or want to get creative juices flowing on a project, use a Lens to put square glasses on your face, add a snowy background, or turn your co-worker into a stallion…er, horse. It will lighten the mood, create connections and make everyone feel more comfortable.

 

But wait, not wanting any funny business on a call? No problem. Snapchat Lenses are completely optional. If you prefer to keep your video feed free of effects, you can simply choose not to use them. You can also try out the “smooth look” filter for a “glow up” to show up polished and camera-ready—no animations included.

 

Snapchat Lenses are a witty and lighthearted addition to the world’s leading communication platform. Whether you're using them to get to know coworkers better or simply express yourself in a new way, Snapchat Lenses are sure to bring a smile to your work day. Add some sunshine, cloud freckles, or a sparkling aura to your next Teams meeting. Try them out starting this week!

 

 

This feature is built keeping privacy and compliance in mind. We have ensured that –

1. The tenant admin has the control to enable/disable the video filter apps’ availability in their tenant. These apps are enabled by default.

a. Refer to Manage your apps in the Microsoft Teams admin center to disable these apps

2. The tenant admin cannot pre-install these apps as they require explicit user consent.
3. Before using the filters, you will need to provide explicit consent to the app to access your video feed.
4. You can turn off these filters by uninstalling the filter app.


*Available for Teams for Work customers on desktop and Mac only; web version and mobile to come, as well as EDU
**FY22 H2 ABTS report
***Only available for “classic” Teams at this time; will be available in new Teams by calendar year-end

****If your domain is blocked, please contact your IT administrator

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