Skype Video Call Blur Effect, How To

Microsoft has announced that it is dding a new background blur feature to Skype, this is created to put the focus on you during a video call and blur out the background.

To activate the feature, you can hover over the Skype video button and select "blur my background".

You can also go through Skype settings, or just right click, according to the post. It will keep your body in focus, while all other things in the background with be blurred.

Background blurring is the tech giant's latest attempt to freshen up Skype, though not all of its new ideas in the past have gone down well. This will enable Skype video callers to blur out the messy background of their homes for business-related conference calls, or even non-official video calls. There is no word on whether mobile versions will be updated with the function. The company behind Skype has added a brand new feature which might prove out to raise the appeal the users.

While the option mostly works, Microsoft said in a blog post 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".

And maybe this background blur feature would not help that professor who got disturbed by his children throughout a BBC interview, but now, it looks pretty handy. Now it's available in the latest desktop versions of Skype, starting today.

The detection is trained to understand human hair, hands, skin, facial contours, and limbs, and constantly analyses the surroundings basis the movement of the person on the call screen, to keep the rest of the background blurred. While Google's feature may start with AR stickers, it's only a matter of time and a few tweaks to make it also support video bokehs.

All desktop and laptop users can blur the background by hovering on the option provided at the bottom of the screen during a video call.

Vanessa Coleman