Skype adds AI-powered background blur feature

Skype Brings Background Blur Feature For Video Calls on Desktop- Report

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After introducing background blur on video in Microsoft Teams previous year, Microsoft is bringing the same AI-powered feature to its Skype desktop app.

Like the background blur in Microsoft Teams, Skype uses a bit of AI created to detect humans in order to keep the focus on you, blurring everything else out.

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

Background blur should be available to anyone using the Skype desktop client on a desktop or laptop machine. You can download it at this link. As a reminder, a similar background blur feature was introduced for Microsoft Teams users in 2018 and it has not arrived for Skype.

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To turn this on, all you need to do is hover over the video button. If you've got a kitchen mess going on and you have to talk to your mom, the new blur functions will at least obscure the fine details of the disaster zone around you.

Once enabled, Skype keeps you as the focal point. Microsoft has added a new feature to its chat service that might mitigate situations like those, and others: A background blur that relies on artificial intelligence to focus on the caller, to the exclusion of what's around them. Users can use this feature only if they have updated the software to its latest version.

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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. Based on the image for the Skype feature it appears that the blue is more subtle and may not completely blur what is happening behind the person.

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