#Teams – How to add your custom background (not official and at your own risk!)

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Hi !

If you are a Microsoft Teams user, you are probably happy. We are getting the amazing feature which allows us to change our background. The feature uses AI to detect our body and head, and change everything else by a custom background. So cool !

However, in the current release of the feature, you can only choose between a set of +15 backgrounds. I mean, some of them are very cool, but I want my own. I want to have something like this.

this is fine teams background

Again, this is not official, but still is fun to try. Let’s go with the steps.

  • 1st open a explorer and access to the path
 %AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads folder

In my Windows 10 computer this is

  • In that location, paste your desired custom background. I haven’t tested formats and images, but a small (less than 1MB) JPG image seems to work fine.
  • Now it’s time to work in Microsoft Teams
  • Once you are in a meeting, access to the options, and then select [Show background effects]
teams meetings options
  • At this time, you will see your custom image / background and you can start to use it!

So, I’m guessing that the [upload your custom background] will be available soon. In the meantime, you got the hack!

Happy coding!


El Bruno

#MSTeams – #SnapChat lenses on Microsoft Teams ! (Why not? and #ToiletPaper as a bonus)

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Hi !

Let’s go with a fun off-topic for a Friday, and let’s use some SnapChat lenses in our camera feed in Microsoft Teams.

Disclaimer: This is not a very useful post, but in this Covid-19 days, you can get some fun with this in all the virtual meetings.

So, simple steps

  • Close Teams App
  • Download the SnapCamera lenses apps for Windows or Mac from https://snapcamera.snapchat.com/download/
  • Perform the installation wizard, 30 seconds later is done!
  • Open the App and select your favorite lens. An toiler paper hat !
  • Open Microsoft Teams and go to Settings
  • In the Devices section, you will see a new camera available: Snap Camera. Select this one.
  • And that’s it ! Now your camera in Teams will have a lot of amazing features.
  • Something like this !

You can change filter on the fly, in SnapCamera app, and it will be reflected on the camera feed. Also, you may need to close all apps before install SnapCamera, in order to allow the apps to detect the new camera. Normal Windows stuff.

Happy coding!


El Bruno


#RaspberryPi – Microsoft Teams in RPi 4? Mmm, not yet, but it’s an interesting learning journey to start the New Year 2020

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A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released a preview version of Microsoft Teams for Linux (see references). Since that day, I was hoping to have a chance to play around with this version, mostly in a Raspberry Pi.

Those days I also had this conversation with my best half (who is a very smart person):

  • Why do you need to do this? You already have a very powerful MacBook, an amazing Dell laptop and a gaming PC. So, why do you need to install Microsoft Teams in a not so powerful device at home?
  • Because …

There is no logic answer for this, however I learned a lot in the process. Let me share, because it all start with the official download page for Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams Versions

raspberry pi 4 download microsoft teams

Besides the official download page for Microsoft Teams, there is an interesting page which describes all the possible client scenarios for Desktop, Web, and Mobile. And for Desktop it includes, Windows, Linux and Mac: Get clients for Microsoft Teams (see references).

In the Linux section, we have the option to review the packages DEB and RPM repositories

This is also interesting, because browsing the repositories, you may find the Release and the Insiders versions.

Microsoft package repository with release and insider version of MS Teams

Raspberry Pi 4 64-bits kernel

The Raspberry Pi 4 has a 64 bits kernel, however the current Raspbian distro are not using the 64-bit kernel capabilities of the device. There is an entry on the RaspberryPi forums which explains how to enable the 64-bit kernel: Pi4 64-bit Raspbian kernel for testing – Focus on Pi4 (see references)

Add to config.txt


and Run

sudo rpi-update

And done, in a NON OFFICIAL or NON SUPPORTED way, my device is running on X64.

This process took some time, at least 10 minutes.

Note: I’m 99% sure that this is not supported. So, all of this is mostly a testing and learning experience.

Add AMD64 architecture to Raspberry Pi.

Back to Microsoft Teams. After checking the available versions, I realized that AMD64 is the only supported architecture in Linux. The Raspberry Pi uses an ARM CPU, which uses the ARM instruction set. That is a different instruction set than that used by i386 and x86-64/amd64. So, there is no way to install an AMD64 package on a Raspberry Pi 4

However, I found an interesting command: dpkg –add-architecture

And I started to read about the command (some links in references).

dpkg –add-architecture is meant for CPUs that support multiple instruction sets. I think it was mainly introduced for x86-64 (i.e. 64bit) CPUs, which also support i386 (i.e. 32bit) instructions. This allows you to install packages compiled for i386 on a system that otherwise uses x86-64 packages.

So, even if it won’t work, I tried to add AMD64 in my RPi 4 with the following command:

#sudo dpkg --add-architecture {architecture name} && sudo apt-get update
sudo dpkg --add-architecture amd64 && sudo apt-get update
raspberry pi 4 lscpu

So, after this, I have the AMD64 architecture instructions installed. They are not going to work, but I can install an AMD64 package now.

Installing Teams

If you are running your Raspberry Pi with a desktop interface, just double clicking on the file: teams_1.2.00.32451_amd64.deb. This will start the installation. And, of course, it will fail!

raspberry pi 4 install microsoft teams.png

So, it was time to read and learn, and I found an alternative and amazing tool to install DEB files: GDebi (see references)

Gdebi is a tiny little app that helps you install deb files more effectively by handling dependencies. Learn how to use Gdebi and make it the default application for installing deb packages.

It’s very easy to install, just 2 commands

sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo apt-get install gdebi

Note: It should work with the 2nd command, however, I needed to add the core option 1st.

raspberry pi 4 open gdebi.png

Now I got GDebi, and I can open the package with the tool, and I got a dependency problem with the libasound2 library.

raspberry pi 4 gdebi error on dependencies libasound2

Even so, I can start the installation with the command

sudo gdebi teams_1.2.00.32451_amd64.deb

and, the app won’t work, but I’ll see the shortcut access in the [Sound & Video] folder

Again, the app won’t launch, but in the personal side, I spend some good time here learning a lot about Linux, processor architectures and more. So, I’m 100% cool now!

Happy coding and Happy New Year!

Greetings @ Burlington

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#Labs – Microsoft Teams available on #linux, and this is the right way to install it

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Update: This post was written on 2019 Dec, so there was a lot of changes since them. Apologies if the links or screenshots are not like the ones you may find today


I’ve using Microsoft Teams in Windows 10 and MacOS and the experience is amazing. When I was trying to work only in my Raspberry Pi 4, having a native app was something I missed a lot. I mean, Microsoft Team web version is fine, however the desktop experience is much better.

And now, Microsoft announced that there is a Linux version of Microsoft Team, so I’m trying to manage my schedule during the next couple of days to test this in Raspbian in my Raspberry Pi 4.

We can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats from https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads#allDevicesSection. Very cool to see all the available options

And I’m looking forward to check authentication, integrated services and more!

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

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#Office – Live subtitles in Microsoft Teams, oh yeah! Another great #AI live sample.

Hi !

I usually use the live subtitle demo feature in PowerPoint to showcase how amazing is the current state of AI, and how we can use it in our daily lives. And now, after the official announcement of Microsoft, we can also use the live subtitle feature in Microsoft Teams.

As you can expect the way to use it is very easy, just enable the Live Subtitles feature and Microsoft Teams will automatically start to

  • Listen to every audio conversation
  • Convert the audio to text
  • Present the live as a subtitle in the MS Teams windows

In the official announcement there is a nice animation on this

We may expect to have also maybe some extra features like language translations and more. That will be also so cool!

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno


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#Microsoft – There were more than #Surface Laptop on Microsoft event 2 days ago: #MSTeams and #3D

Hi !

A couple of days ago, Microsoft hosted an event were they revealed a new device for the Surface family: Surface Laptop. It has everything you may expect from a Surface device: great presentation, amazing hardware features and a couple of “buts”. In example, the lack of color options in the top level hardware models and the lack of USB-C ports. Besides all of this, in less than 2 minutes you get everything you need to know about this.


In the 90 minutes of the event there were other interesting topics besides Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop. I think this additional topics shows the new Microsoft path  and that’s why it’s important to give them a couple of words.

In example, Megan Saunders had a small participation on the event. In case you don’t know her, here is her title: Megan Saunders is the Windows 3D Initiative General Manager for Microsoft.

Her presentation was mainly focused on some of the new Windows 10 features: 3D, Mixed Reality and Education. As you can imagine, all the demos were based on the new Windows 10 products, and it was mainly important to remark that everything starts with Microsoft Teams! (I’ll get here later).

In a couple of minutes we can see this demo:

  • Start creating a 3D model using Paint 3D
  • Then let’s add some animation to the model using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Share the works using Microsoft Teams

The final result is amazing and it was also a nice introduction for a new cool Windows 10 feature: View Mixed Reality. May be the best way to explain this is something like Augmented Reality ++. I’m looking forward to see the samples included on Windows 10 SDK related to this to see how far we ca go with this platform.

At the end of the presentation the staff used on of the new Mixed Reality devices (not Hololens) as part of a cool demo where we saw a cool implementation of the Solar System where the user makes a 3D navigation using an XBoxOne controller. Of course, at the end, a Hololens demo close this section.

The next 12 minutes are this part of the event:

And it was very interesting to see how Microsoft Teams was mentioned a couple of times during the event. They even presented a specific version of Microsoft Teams focused on education.

Now the teachers can set up a dashboard for their students. This dashboards will with include access to activities, tests, and lesson materials. Students will be able to use this artifacts and use MS Teams, post comments, participate on discussions, and more.

The next 10 minutes are the main focus of this new MS Teams for Education features:

I may forgot to mention the new Minecraft Education and other news. However I think only Mixed Reality and MS Teams for Education are a very good example of the way that Microsoft is shaping this new set of tools. 😀

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno


#Microsoft – Lo que (tal vez) no viste en la presentación de #Surface Laptop, #MSTeams y #3D


Hola !

Hace un par de días Microsoft presentó un nuevo device para la familia Surface: Surface Laptop. Como todos los productos Surface, es posee un acabado genial, unas prestaciones muy buenas y también podemos encontrarle algunos “peros”. Por ejemplo, el no poder seleccionar colores en la “gama alta” o no tener puertos USB-C.

Al margen de estos detalles, el producto parece seguir la línea Surface y solo se necesitan un par de minutos para comprenderlo.


Pues bien, en los 90 minutos de presentación también se tocaron un par de temas interesantes que han sido eclipsados por Windows 10 S y Surface Laptop. Personalmente creo que muestran el camino por el que va Microsoft y es necesario darles un repaso.

Por ejemplo, Megan Saunders tuvo una participación pequeña pero importante. Si no la conoces, la mejor forma de presentar a Megan es con su título: Megan Saunders is the Windows 3D Initiative General Manager for Microsoft.

Durante su presentación se tocaron las bases de la nueva versión de Windows 10: 3D, Mixed Reality and Education. Por supuesto las demos fueron alrededor de los nuevos productos de Windows 10, sin embargo todo comienza con Microsoft Teams! (este es un detalle importante,  que comentaré luego).

En pocos minutos pudimos ver una demo muy interesante

  • Crear un modelo con Paint 3D
  • Animar el modelo con Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Compartir y colaborar con MS Teams

El resultado es realmente impresionante, y dió pie a la siguiente feature que veremos en Windows 10: View Mixed Reality. Podemos pensar en esta feature como Augmented Reality ++, y la verdad es que, estoy ansioso por ver que ejemplos tenemos en el SDK de Windows 10 para ver las capacidades del mismo.

Al final de la presentación, pudimos ver uno de los nuevos Mixed Reality devices (que no son Hololens) como parte de una demo donde podemos ver el sistema solar y controlarlo con un mando de XBox One. Obviamente al final la demo se cierra con un ejemplo con Hololens.

Los siguientes 12 minutos son los que se centran en estos temas:

Lo siguiente interesante a comentar es la mención de Microsoft Teams en varias partes de la presentación. Y, en este caso, dándole importancia especial para el entorno de la educación.

Ahora los profesores tienen algunas funcionalidades especiales en Microsoft Teams para crear Dashboards para los alumnos con actividades, materiales de estudio, exámenes, etc. Y los alumnos, pues pueden utilizar MS Teams de la manera tradicional. Aquí podemos ver los 10 minutos donde se habla de Microsoft Teams


En el camino me queda comentar lo nuevo de Minecraft Education y otro par de novedades. Creo que solo el hecho de ver como se enfoca en entornos educativos, el modelo de Mixed Reality y MS Teams es una buena muestra del camino que está tomando Microsoft.

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno


#TFS – Adios a TFS Team Rooms

Hola !

Recuerdo cuando probé por primera vez Team Rooms en Team Foundation Server, la idea me pareció simplemente genial. Inclusive escribí algún post al respecto (link) y las utilicé durante mucho tiempo.


En estos días, donde todo el mundo habla y se autoproclama experto en herramientas de collaboración, hay que reconocer que TFS Team Rooms ha quedado bastante detrás en la carrera. No hay punto de comparación con un grande como Slack, o inclusive con una de las últimas novedades en el mundo Microsoft: Microsoft Teams. Inclusive Visual Studio Team System soporta una integración muy potente e interesante con Microsoft Teams (link).

Y aquí surge uno de los problemas que vemos en el ecosistema Microsoft: la duplicidad de herramientas. Hay determinados escenarios donde nos encontramos con 2 o más formas diferentes de enfocar un flujo de trabajo.

Pues bien, hace unos días el equipo de ALM de Microsoft confirmó el cierre definitivo de Team Rooms en Team Services y en TFS (link). En Team Services el cierre de la funcionalidad se dará durante el año 2017 y si tienes TFS, el update 1 de TFS 2017 eliminará esta funcionalidad.

Como bien comenta el equipo de TFS, hay diferentes alternativas y son bastante variadas. Es momento de elegir una, y sacar provecho de ella al máximo.

The Team room is used both for a notification hub as well as for chat. TFS and Team Services already integrate with many other collaboration products including Microsoft Teams, Slack, HipChat, Campfire and Flowdock. You can also use Zapier to create your own integrations, or get very granular control over the notifications that show up.

Y por último una opinión personal al respecto.

Si bien algunos comentarán “otra vez MS matando un producto!”, “y ahora que hacemos”, etc. Tengo que reconocer que nunca conocí un equipo que realmente sostente su trabajo en Team Rooms. Es mejor que el equipo de ALM descarte el código de esta funcionalidad y centre sus esfuerzos en tareas más productivas para el producto y para la comunidad. (Por ejemplo mejorar la integración con Unity). Y finalmente, si sigues mosqueado – enfadado al respecto, pues será que nunca has probado Slack o MS Teams, el cambio no solo es fabuloso a mejor, sino que además es altamente productivo!

Eso sí, ya he leído y seguramente leeré quejas al respecto.

Saludos @ Córdoba

El Bruno


#VSTS – Now also integrated with #MicrosoftTeams


Now it is already public: Microsoft Teams have been released! A few hours ago was the official presentation of this tool, which basically comes to compete against Slack. Personally I have to say that I use Slack out of work and I have been testing Microsoft Teams for some time at work. Each has its pros and cons. Microsoft Teams works better at enterprise level, thanks to the integration with all the Office 365 family products.

And today also made public the model of integration that will have with Visual Studio Team Services. In addition to the typical chat service on computers, tendrmos access to notifications of important events: for example when someone creates a Bug and we are assigned to the new Bug.


Another detail interesting is the ability of to work with those boards Kanban within Microsoft Team. This is an INCREDIBLE PLUS in regards to collaboration.


All model of integration and support for Microsoft Teams can be read from its entry into the Marketplace; and the same will be available starting from the 9 of November.

Note: Team Foundation Server on premises will not be supported for now.

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno


#VSTS – Ahora también con #MicrosoftTeams

Hola !

Ahora ya es público: Microsoft Teams ha sido anunciando. Hace unas horas se realizó la presentación oficial de esta herramienta, que básicamente viene a competir contra un grande como Slack. Personalmente tengo que decir que utilizo Slack, fuera del trabajo y he estado probando Microsoft Teams desde hace un tiempo at work. Cada uno tiene sus pros y sus contras. Microsoft Teams en em modelo de empresas, gana mucho en cuanto a la integración que tiene comn toda la familia de Office 365.

Y hoy también se ha hecho público el modelo de integración que tendrá con Visual Studio Team Services. Además del típico servicio de chat en equipos, tendrmos acceso a notificaciones de eventos importantes: por ejemplo cuando se crea un Bug y se nos asigna como responsable del mismo.


Otro detalle interesante es la capacidad de poder trabajar con los tableros Kanban dentro de Microsoft Team. Esto es un PLUS INCREIBLE en lo que se refiere a collaboración.


Todo el modelo de integración y soporte para Microsoft Teams se puede leer desde su entrada en el Marketplace; y el mismo estará disponible a partir del 9 de Noviembre.

Nota: Team Foundation Server on premises no estará soportado por ahora.

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno