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Skype Introduces Background Blur Feature for Video Calls

Skype Introduces Background Blur Feature for Video Calls

Microsoft has announced that it is dding a new background blur feature to Skype, this is created to put the focus on you during a video call and blur out the background.

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

First introduced to Microsoft Teams (formerly Skype for Business) previous year, background blur "uses artificial intelligence (AI)-trained in human form detection-to keep you in focus during your call", the company blog explains. Select 'blur my background, ' which will allow you to make yourself the priority of the video and to make the background blurry. Background blur is available on desktops and laptops running the latest version of Skype, but the feature is still somewhat experimental.

It's not clear whether Microsoft plans to add background blurring to the Skype platforms for the smartphone, such as Android or iOS. The feature was first introduced in the company's Teams collaboration app, and it has finally made its way to Skype.

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The feature is rolling out to Skype for desktop, the web and mobile although it doesn't support all devices yet.

So all the messy people around, are you excited to use the background blur feature? Currently, the new feature is limited for the latest version on PC and Laptop.

While it's a great feature to be rolled out, Microsoft cautions, "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". You can also just switch it on within the Skype settings menu, as seen here.

This use of machine learning does, however, mean that it's not 100 percent guaranteed to blur everything that you might want blurred.


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