Skype is introducing one of the most anticipated and demanded features into the desktop apps now. Users will now be able to blur the background of their video chats so that the people at the other end will not be able to see how messy their room is. The feature has been designed in such a way that the face and body of the user would be portrayed clearly while the background would be blurred.
Of course, Skype is not the first company to launch such a feature, nor is it the product to offer the same. In recent past, Microsoft Teams had introduced the same feature and the deal with Skype is not that different either. Even in the official announcement document from Skype, the company says that the background blur feature is similar to that is offered in Microsoft Teams.
“Background blur in Skype is similar to background blur in Microsoft Teams. It takes the stress out of turning on your video and puts the focus where it belongs—on you! With a simple toggle, right-click, or even through your Skype settings, your background will be instantly and subtly blurred, leaving just you as the only focal point,” reads the statement.
Once again, we have to thank Artificial Intelligence in this process. Skype is depending on AI to help the app tell between the messy background and important parts of the screen, such as the hair and the face. It would all be happening so simultaneously that the background-blurring process would be near-perfectly synced to the video input-output ordeal.
As of now, the feature is available in the laptop and desktop version of Skype. There is no word over when or whether Skype would be bringing the feature to the smartphone apps. It is, however, very likely since the background AI would be easy to implement.