Microsoft Now Allows Skype Users to Blur the Background on Video Calls

Skype background blur

Skype background blur

When using the latest version of Skype for a call, users can hover their cursor over the video icon to reveal additional video settings, including the new "blur my background" toggle.

Bottom line: Microsoft's new background blur feature will be incredibly handy but as Redmond warns, it isn't failproof. It actually implemented this very same feature in Microsoft Teams a while ago.

In the menu that pops up, click on the "Blur my background" toggle to turn the feature on. Worry not, as Skype has introduced a new feature that can save you from the embarrassment. Despite its popularity, background blur isn't as common in videos because of complexity as well as the lack of need for such artistic effects in video chats, especially video conferencing. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus.

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Still, though. This is an important development (using "artificial intelligence (AI)-trained in human form detection", no less!) for everyone who's spent 20 minutes tidying up their college dorm room before hopping on Skype with grandma.

This new Skype feature is now available only for most desktops and laptops, which means it will work without additional specialized hardware. its arrival comes at a curious time shortly after it was revealed that Google was also working on some form of depth detection for its Duo video chat app. 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. Alternatively, you can enable it through Skype's settings to ensure an always blurred background.

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