Cisco's Webex has introduced virtual environments for its video conferences, as it seeks to keep up with the common apps provided by some of its younger rivals. Users may either add a "blur" effect to obscure their surroundings, or remove one of the preset background images from Webex.

Zoom, currently the most popular video conferencing app, and rivals Google Meet and Microsoft Teams all allow users to upload their own custom images for background displays

Webex is one of the oldest videoconferencing players on the space. It was created in 1995 and acquired for $3.2 billion by Cisco in 2007. It is mainly used as a business application and focuses on business rather than personal users, but during the recent boom in demand for remote meetings has expanded the functionality available on its freemium version.

Google and Microsoft have begun catching up to Zoom in recent weeks; Microsoft has grown its Teams app to 75 million active daily users, the firm said in April. And Google recently said Meet had surpassed 100 million participants in the daily meeting.

Unlike its competitors, since the coronavirus pandemic, Webex has seen a dramatic rise in use, with more people at home working and learning. The firm said it tripled its average number of minutes of meetings to 25 billion in April.