Skype rolls out a new feature that lets you blur out your background during video calls

February 7, 2019
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Yesterday, Skype introduced background blur in Skype video calls to help users blur out scenes behind them during calls.

“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,” reads the official blog post published by the Microsoft-owned company.

The new feature resembles the background blur feature introduced to Microsoft Teams in 2018 and the Portrait Mode on iPhone.

According to Skype, the feature uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) trained to detect human form and focus on the subject.


“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.”

Background blur on Skype can be enabled in the settings or from the video call button inside the service.

For now, the feature does not support all devices but will be available on most desktop and laptops with the latest Skype version.

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