Microsoft is working on admin policies for Teams backgrounds

Rabia Noureen

Earlier this month, Microsoft rushed to release the background effects for video calls in Microsoft Teams. However, the software giant skipped the admin policies for Teams’ background effects at that time. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap document, Microsoft is already working on this feature and background effects policies for tenant administrators will be coming next month.

With this feature, IT admins will get the ability to assign a user-level policy, allowing them to control how users engage with background effects in Teams meetings. The policy will bring various levels of controls including:

  • No filters — Background filters including the blur option would not be available.
  • Background blur only — Users can only use the background blur feature.
  • Use background blur and default provided images — Users can either use background blur option or only the choose from the default provided images.
  • All — Users can upload their own custom background images.

However, it would be interesting to see if the admin policies would still work with hacks people are already using to set their own custom background image in Microsoft Teams. But if it does, it would be bad news for millions of Microsoft Teams fans around the world. For now, you can just sit back and relax because the admin policies for Teams background aren’t coming just yet.