Microsoft Teams is introducing new Snapchat Lenses that offer users a variety of different background effects to explore and use for any work meeting.
“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,” the company shared in a press release.
Among the Snapchat Lenses include a shower of hearts, a bear’s embrace, cat ears, sunset lenses and even a “smooth look” filter for a “glow up,” altering a user’s facial features to look polished and camera-ready.
The best part – Microsoft is making them free-to-use in the app through direct integration, without the need for download.
To use the filters, users can click “Video Effects,” head to “More Video Effects” where they will find “Snapchat” under the “Filters” category. Once clicked, they can choose the Lens they want to try out before joining a meeting.
If a user is already in a meeting and wants to try Snapchat Lenses, they can find more filters by clicking “More...” at the top of their meeting screen, choosing “Video Effects,” “Snapchat” and clicking “Preview” to view their selected filter before turning it on and applying it onto the call for others to see.
“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,” the company wrote.
With this move, Microsoft Teams not only enhances its video conferencing capabilities. It also signals its intent to be a contender alongside top augmented reality development companies in delivering immersive experiences to its users.