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Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype

09 February 2019

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

Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence to keep you in focus during video calls.

You have to right click the button and switch on the "blur my background" toggle that is located at the bottom of the screen. How many of you have already used the Microsoft Skype background Blue feature?

Skype is no longer the go-to service for instant messaging and free online video calls because of WhatsApp and other apps.

As per the report gave by Skype, the new feature works like the background blur functionality in Microsoft Term, which was brought back in September.

The AI background tool is similar to the one that Microsoft added to Teams. The software will then slowly blur everything else in the background and "takes the stress out of turning on your video and puts the focus where it belongs - on you!".

Making video calls on Skype on mobile will now be nearly as flawless as what is obtainable on either desktop or laptop.

Good news for Skype users!

Now, before you get carried away and decide it's totally cool to leave up all those Fight Club posters in your home office, Skype does issue a pretty important note of caution. For Skype users, starting today, you'll now be able to do just that with the app's latest version.

"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", it said in a blog post. This means you should not have something going on in the background that you do not want to risk being seen by others.

Microsoft brought background blurring to Microsoft Teams previous year, promising that it would end up on Skype soon after.

Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype