Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Skype adds background blurring feature to video chats

Skype background blur made possible with AI Skype can now blur your background, so no one can tell your life is a shambles
Kayla Schwartz | 09 February, 2019, 19:44

To activate the feature all you need to do is select the "blur my background" option to activate this for the duration you leave this option enabled.

Skype's background blurring is essentially portrait mode for video calls, using artificial intelligence to separate you-your hair, arms, glasses, and the like-from whatever's cluttering up your background. Alternatively, you can enable it through Skype's settings to ensure an always blurred background. So, from now onwards your background will be out of focus. The new feature will allow you blur out your background in a call, helping erase anything you find not necessary yet in your background. Now a great thanks to the latest Background blur feature which will ease out some load from individuals working from home or a busy cafe. There is no word on whether mobile versions will be updated with the function.

Background Blur is a feature Microsoft announced during the Ignite 2018 conference that was first added to Microsoft Teams.

In the menu that pops up, click on the "Blur my background" toggle to turn the feature on.

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Despite the intelligence of such a mechanism, Skype's announcement also comes with a warning: "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".

Microsoft is yet to confirm whether Skype users on smartphone or tablet will be able to make use of the feature. The feature has been rolled out to Skype desktop app, but only works when you are making calls to the recipient who is also on a desktop computer.

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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