Skype can now blur your background with a click on desktop

Skype can now blur your background with a click on desktop

Skype can now blur your background with a click on desktop

After introducing background blur on video in Microsoft Teams past year, Microsoft is bringing the same AI-powered feature to its Skype desktop app.

On its blog, Microsoft-owned Skype introduced what it calls "background blur", which is created to do just that.

No word yet on whether or not Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile versions of Skype although given its similarity to portrait modes found on many of today's smartphones, it probably wouldn't be too hard to do so. Microsoft has added a new feature to its chat service that might mitigate situations like those, and others: A background blur that relies on artificial intelligence to focus on the caller, to the exclusion of what's around them. With this new feature, Skype users will be able to blur the messy backgrounds, particularly during business conference calls.

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Microsoft itself points out that it means you won't have to wipe your whiteboard if its got sensitive information on it when you're about to speak to a potential investor.

Background blur is available now on most desktops and laptops running the latest version of Skype.

All desktop and laptop users can blur the background by hovering on the option provided at the bottom of the screen during a video call. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus.

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The feature is similar to the background blur which was introduced in Microsoft Teams in September past year.

Cautioning the users, Microsoft also mentioned, "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". The technology works by detecting and keeping track of a person's head, hair, hands, and arms, which allows Skype to always keep the person in focus and everything around them subtly blurred.

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