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Background blur arrives in Skype thanks to AI

Microsoft introduced background blur in Skype video calls Microsoft introduced background blur in Skype video calls
Melba Vasquez | 09 February, 2019, 19:45

Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence trained in human form detection to ensure you remain in focus during a call.

Skype adds a blurred background feature that places the main video subject in focus.

The new feature is available via the app's video and audio settings. It's called background blur, and it's here to save you from all kinds of potential video call embarrassments.

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.

Last year, Microsoft introduced multiple changes to the Skype platform, making it more appealing and relevant to business users.

Background blur arrives in Skype thanks to AI

Background Blur is a feature Microsoft announced during the Ignite 2018 conference that was first added to Microsoft Teams. This feature will no doubt help you blur out everything that is behind letting the other participant focus only on the call rather than the background.

As this feature is AI driven, Microsoft states that they will try to always keep your background blurred, but can't guarantee it.

Skype's background blur is similar to that of MIcrosoft Teams, the post said.

With Skype releasing the new blur your background feature, such a scenario as mentioned above would be the least of your concerns! "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", the company explains on its blog.

This use of machine learning does, however, mean that it's not 100 percent guaranteed to blur everything that you might want blurred.

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