Microsoft’s popular VoIP app, Skype, has announced that the latest software version of the widely used VoIP service for desktops and laptops now offers an option to blur out backgrounds during video calls.
This option aims to distinguish and isolate the focus of the call (i.e., the person calling) from the surrounding noise in the background and places emphasis on the person as the essential component of the scene.
This development will provide a better video calling experience for users that are prone to distractions and help eliminate unnecessary embarrassments during video conferencing.
This option was first introduced by another Microsoft product, Teams, last September. The tech giant announced their support for the background blurring feature in its collaboration app, adding new features for the workplace chat platform and Office 365.
The blur featuring uses Artificial Intelligence, as the company has managed to train the technology to recognize and analyze human form. According to VoIP.Review, “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.” The result is similar to the portrait mode feature available in most modern smartphones.”
In order to activate the new promising feature in Skype, place the mouse over the Skype video button and select the “blur my background” option.
It is also imperative to understand that this feature heavily relies more on software rather than hardware. Thus, in some cases, the blur may not look very natural. However, a representative from Skype has explained that they are trying their best to improve on the new technology as they continue their research and development initiatives.
To conclude the recent announcement made by Skype regarding the rollout of their blurring feature, they pointed out that: “We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we cannot guarantee that your background will always be blurred.”
The feature is now available in the latest version of the app. /apr