New Skype update introduces background blur for video

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The objective of background blur is to help your correspondents focus on you during video calls, and to block any potential distractions coming from your environment.

"There are plenty of life's moments that can get in the way of you being the focus in every video call - and that's why we're introducing background blur in Skype video calls". 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. The feature can also be set as the default for all of your video calls through Skype's settings. The blur is available on a toggle which is accessed simply by right clicking to bring up the option. If you've got a kitchen mess going on and you have to talk to your mom, the new blur functions will at least obscure the fine details of the disaster zone around you.

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The new background blur feature is now available on "most desktops and laptops with the latest version of Skype", Microsoft announced today. Select "blur my background", which will allow you to make yourself the priority of the video and to make the background blurry.

If you dread video calls because you can't ever find a clean, distraction-free space that won't embarrass you while you're on camera, Microsoft has just the thing: it's now added an option to blur the background so your contacts won't be able to clearly discern what's in your surroundings.

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

"We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred", the blog post announcing the feature warns, "but we can not guarantee that your background will always be blurred".

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