Snap lenses are a popular feature on the social media app Snapchat that allow users to add augmented reality (AR) filters and effects to their photos and videos. These lenses use the camera on a mobile device to track a user’s facial movements and overlay digital objects or animations onto their face or surroundings.

Microsoft partners with Snap to introduce Snap Filters to Teams

Snap lenses range from simple effects like adding bunny ears or a flower crown to more elaborate ones that can transform a user’s appearance or create a virtual world around them.

Users can access a library of lenses created by both Snapchat and third-party developers, and new lenses are regularly added to keep the feature fresh and engaging. While Snap lenses may seem like a more fun-oriented feature, Microsoft has integrated that into its conferencing app, Teams.

Microsoft and Snap have collaborated to bring Snapchat Lenses to Teams, adding a creative touch to video conferencing. Users can select from 26 different Lenses, including virtual backgrounds, snow, and the ability to transform into cartoon characters.

The library of Lenses will be refreshed regularly to keep things interesting. Snap’s Camera Kit was used to integrate the AR technology into Teams, following its success on Microsoft’s Flip video learning platform. The Lenses are now available to all users and can be accessed through the Video Effects option.

Snapchat had previously offered a desktop app, Snap Camera, which allowed users to use Lenses on third-party video calling services. However, the app was discontinued earlier this year.

How To Use 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”

How To Use Snapchat Lenses for Teams

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

The integration of Snapchat Lenses into Teams provides a similar fun and creative experience within a more professional setting. With this collaboration, Microsoft and Snap continue to innovate, and it will be exciting to see what they come up with next. Just remember to turn off the Lenses during more formal conversations!

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