Snapchat and Microsoft have collaborated on a new integration that lets Work users on Microsoft Teams enjoy some of the most popular Snapchat Lenses to add AR effects in their video meetings. There are more than 20 Lenses that users can choose from.
The Lenses are powered by Snap's Camera Kit and offer an AR effect to video calls, making them livelier and more interactive. “Since AR uses cameras, sensors, and displays, which are already built into video conferencing, it is a perfect and seamless fit with Teams,” says Microsoft. Previously, the filters in Teams were powered by the Snap Camera that was launched in 2018 and primarily designed for Twitch streams, and was later shut down.
Snapchat Lenses in Teams can be accessed in the Teams client directly, without having to download Snapchat or an add-on. They can be tried on from the Video Effects section, and if a user wants to choose a Lens in the middle of a Teams meeting, they can access them by clicking on ‘More’ at the top of the meeting screen and selecting ‘Video Effects.’ Users can also preview the Lenses before applying them.
In addition to the new Snapchat filters, Microsoft is bringing a new animated backgrounds feature to Teams, the rollout of which is due in May.