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Microsoft Teams allows users to transform into 3D avatar

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Microsoft Teams has introduced a new feature that will enable users to transform themselves into a 3D avatar during a meeting, especially if they don’t want to show themselves.

The company had been testing the feature over the past year but has now officially released them for users to try.

Product manager, Avery Salumbides, said in a blog post, “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”.

The avatars will animate themselves based on the user’s voice, even without the need for a webcam on a PC. The new tool is expected to roll out broadly in May.

Moreover, working with the Microsoft Mesh Platform,
The avatars have been considerably improved in terms of skin tone and hair appearance. It became possible with customized additions like adding hearing aids, and bindis. Emoji reactions will also be animated. It will be based on the user’s avatar. Even when they raise their hand during a meeting or send a thumbs-up.

Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams primarily compete with the similar service Slack, offering workspace chat and videoconferencing, file storage, and application integration.

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