Saturday, 16 February, 2019

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
Emmett Howard | 08 February, 2019, 02:40

That's why the popular Skype video call service has announced today a feature that makes the background of the image look blurry and thus preserves your privacy.

There are plenty of life's moments that can get in the way of you being the focus in every video call-and that's why we're introducing background blur in Skype video calls.

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.

Bottom line: Microsoft's new background blur feature will be incredibly handy but as Redmond warns, it isn't failproof.

For those of us who aren't experts on North Korea, the feature could still be a godsend if you're about to take a group conference call from your office and there's laundry hanging all over it.

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In the menu that pops up, click on the "Blur my background" toggle to turn the feature on. If you've got a kitchen mess going on and you have to talk to your mom, the new blur functions will at least obscure the fine details of the disaster zone around you. Worry not, as Skype has introduced a new feature that can save you from the embarrassment. Select "blur my background", which will allow you to make yourself the priority of the video and to make the background blurry.

Microsoft is pushing background blurs as a stress removing feature for desktop Skype users.

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

Microsoft says it does its best to blur your surroundings but can not guarantee that everything will always be blurred. "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", Microsoft says.

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