Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Skype desktop app gets background blurring in video calls

Skype desktop app gets background blurring in video calls

If you've got something especially sensitive in the background, removing it from view before launching a call is the best course of action to prevent any embarrassment or leaks.

It's similar to the blurring feature the company added to Microsoft Teams a year ago and could be handy if, say, your kids wandered in the room while you were being interviewed over Skype. The video chat service you never knew was so chill has a new feature that totally has you covered.

Click on the gear icon at the top right of your call screen to open the Audio & Video Settings menu.

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A few months after adding background blurring to its Teams tool, Microsoft has brought the same option to Skype on the desktop. Select "blur my background", which will allow you to make yourself the priority of the video and to make the background blurry. Of course, the technology is not 100 percent accurate, and Microsoft warns that "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".

The desktop Skype client now supports blurring the background of your video calls so that all the clutter and mess that, ahem, some of us accumulate no longer needs to be broadcast to everyone you talk to.

Skype's background blur AI is trained to detect human forms but it does more than just detect heads.

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