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New Skype update introduces background blur for video

Skype background blur made possible with AI Skype can now blur your background, so no one can tell your life is a shambles
Katie Ramirez | 09 February, 2019, 19:43

Like the background blur in Microsoft Teams, Skype uses a bit of AI created to detect humans in order to keep the focus on you, blurring everything else out. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus.

This feature is now available on Skype versions for most desktops, but we have not spotted a new version of Skype on the Microsoft Store as of yet.

Alternatively, you can start a video call, open the Audio & Video Settings menu, and tap "Blur my background", then close the menu to return to the conversation.

Background blur feature for Skype is equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). It's been available in Microsoft Teams software since past year. Last September the company announced their support for the background blur in this collaboration app, introducing new features for the workplace chat platform and Office 365. 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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Picture this: You are ready to appear for an important Skype interview with a prospective client when you realize that you have forgotten to do your cleaning chores around the house! Skype didn't share future initiatives for background blur feature, but this would be absolutely cool, not to mention potentially life-saving, if implemented in the future. This feature will no doubt help you blur out everything that is behind letting the other participant focus only on the call rather than the background.

Microsoft is yet to confirm whether Skype users on smartphone or tablet will be able to make use of the feature.

Skype for the desktop will be the first one to get this feature however this feature will also be launched for iOS and Android soon. The tech can also detect hair, hands, and arms, making the background blur integrate smoothly, the post said. To recall, a similar background blur feature was introduced for Microsoft Teams users a year ago, and it has now trickled down to Skype users as well.

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