Microsoft has rolled its long-awaited background-blur feature to Skype for the PC and Mac, returning the focus to you and away from the clutter that can distract video callers. 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".
Microsoft uses artificial intelligence (AI) trained in human form detection. The AI keeps the rest of the background blurred.
Microsoft has a fancy new feature in Skype, where it'll use AI to determine edges of people live, in real time and apply a depth of field effect to the background. There is no word on the availability of this feature on the mobile version of the service. So like other free calling and messaging apps, Skype is also updating itself for sake of its users by launching Skype new Feature. Background blur is similar to what is available in Microsoft Teams.
With Skype releasing the new blur your background feature, such a scenario as mentioned above would be the least of your concerns! Alternatively, while on a call, right-click on the camera feed at the top right corner of the screen and click the "blur my background" option in the popup menu.
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".
Although this feature sounds wonderful, Skype has also posted a disclaimer at the bottom stating that they can not guarantee that the background will always be blurred. For Skype users, starting today, you'll now be able to do just that with the app's latest version. That also means it will detect features such as hair, hands and arms.
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