Skype can now blur the background to hide your messy house

09 February, 2019, 19:47 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Skype background blur made possible with AI

The firm's Skype video calling app has added a new "background blur" feature, which will make sure that no matter how cute they look in their little stroller, they won't appear on camera, making you a meme till the end of days.

To activate the feature, you can hover over the Skype video button and select "blur my background".

Using artificial intelligence trained in human-form detection, Skype does its best to ensure your background is always blurred.

Microsoft says that background blurring can be enabled with just a right-click on the video stream, or alternatively with a simple toggle. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus.

Most desktops and laptops should have access to background blur with the latest version of Skype, according to the company's blog.

The background blurring option can be activated during a Skype call.

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Microsoft is continually upgrading Skype to endeavor it with latest features.

Bottom line: Microsoft's new background blur feature will be incredibly handy but as Redmond warns, it isn't failproof. The feature will help you in getting rid of the clutter around you while having important conversations.

Once enabled, Skype keeps you as the focal point.

You can get the same results via "Skype Settings".

Background blur in Skype is similar to background blur in Microsoft Teams. "This technology is also trained to detect your hair, hands, and arms, making a call with background blur just as relaxed and easy as a regular video call". The new feature will automatically apply a blur filter to the background and will show your face as focused.

Making video calls on Skype on mobile will now be nearly as ideal as what is obtainable on either desktop or laptop.



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