Skype desktop app gets background blurring in video calls

Yolanda Curtis
February 9, 2019

"This will allow you to make yourself the priority and blur your background in a video call", Skype said on its support page.

According to Skype, the features works similar to the background blur functionality in Microsoft Teams. "With a simple toggle, right-click, or even through your Skype settings, your background will be instantly and subtly blurred, leaving just you as the only focal point".

Redmond is no stranger to using AI for background blur. The background blur is available to all users who are on Skype's latest version on their desktops and laptops. 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.

Although the feature is undoubtedly a useful one, it may not be enough to restore Skype's relevance when users are increasingly turning to Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger free messaging and video calling services.

The same technology has already been seen in the company's workplace-orientated Microsoft Teams offering previous year.

Skype Background Blur is available for both, Desktops and Mobiles.

Right-click your camera feed at the top right corner of your screen, and click the "Blur my background" option in the pop-up menu.

You're scrambling to log into an important Skype call, but then you realize you're surrounded by the shameful detritus of your existence! To recall, a similar background blur feature was introduced for Microsoft Teams users previous year, and it has now trickled down to Skype users as well.

Microsoft is yet to confirm whether Skype users on smartphone or tablet will be able to make use of the feature. It is not just the speaker's face that is in focus, but also their hair, hands and arms, thus creating a smooth body outline and "making a call with background blur just as relaxed and easy as a regular video call".

Other reports by iNewsToday