Microsoft has started rolling out new updates for Skype that add the background blur feature to video calls. When a person is opting to go for a video call via Skype, all they have to do is select an option "blue my background".
Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence to keep you in focus during video calls. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus. The feature is available on most desktops and laptops that are running the latest version of Skype, though the new feature does come with an important caveat. 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.
Skype is available as a free download on PC, Mac, Android, and 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 was already present from the previous year on Microsoft Teams Software. 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. But that should not stop you from trying this new feature from Skype.
Once enabled, Skype keeps you as the focal point. It has been trained to detect your hair, hands, and arms, which enables you to make a call with background blur in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. In other words, you probably don't want to rely on it to hide any truly shameful living or working conditions. In spite of its best efforts, the platform "cannot guarantee that your background will always be blurred"-which leaves some room for technically messy moments that could spark a lot of joy".