Skype adds a new "blurred background" feature


Microsoft, the American tech giant officially rolled out a new feature on Skype wherein the users can blur their background during video calls. According to the video calling App, Skype this feature uses artificial intelligence for keeping the focus on the caller.

Besides hiding a messy room during a Skype call with your parents, background blurring has other uses. Select 'blur my background, ' which will allow you to make yourself the priority of the video and to make the background blurry.

The background blurring option can be activated during a Skype call. Notably, the feature was first introduced in the company's Teams collaboration app in 2018, before finally making its way to Skype.

The feature was already present from the a year ago on Microsoft Teams Software. Once you right click on that button, you will find the "blur my background" toggle and switching it on will seamlessly put your background out of focus.

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As this feature is AI driven, Microsoft states that they will try to always keep your background blurred, but can't guarantee it.

"We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we can not guarantee that your background will always be blurred." stated Microsoft's Skype announcement. As such, if you've got confidential information - say, a business plan on a whiteboard - or anything else damning lingering in the background, it'd probably be best to move it (or change locations) before hopping on an important call. Now it's available in the latest desktop versions of Skype, starting today.

Depending on your platform or a device, Skype offers different options and features for its users.

The detection is trained to understand human hair, hands, skin, facial contours, and limbs, and constantly analyses the surroundings basis the movement of the person on the call screen, to keep the rest of the background blurred. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.