Skypes Background Blur Hides Embarrassing Environments

first_img Life is unpredictable, which is why Microsoft introduced background blur in Skype video calls.“We’ve all had those moments: You’re about to video call your parents and your laundry is all over the place, or you’re about to have a meeting with a potential investor and your business plan is on a whiteboard behind you,” the Skype Team wrote in a blog announcement.Or perhaps you’re being interviewed on a national television news program when your adorable children come bursting into the room…This new feature takes the stress out of live-streamed chats by putting the focus on you—and only you.Most of the time.Using artificial intelligence trained in human-form detection, Skype does its best to ensure your background is always blurred. But the company did admit it “cannot guarantee” a 100 percent success rate.So maybe you should rethink your scenery before making any important calls.hover your cursor over the video camera button at the bottom of the screen to turn on background blur (via Microsoft Skype)Set up is easy: During a chat, either hover your cursor over the video camera button at the bottom of the screen or right-click your camera feed in the top right corner, then toggle “Blur my background.”Alternatively, you can start a video call, open the Audio & Video Settings menu, and tap “Blur my background,” then close the menu to return to the conversation.“I tested it with my colleague, and it worked as advertised, even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions,” The Next Web’s Abhimanyu Ghoshal wrote in an initial review.Microsoft’s AI can recognize hands, arms, and hair, ensuring video calls don’t unnecessarily amputate a limb or shave your head.The tech titan first introduced background blur to its Teams software last year, before launching it for desktop Skype users this week. There is no word on whether mobile versions will be updated with the function.More on Tests End-To-End Encryption With ‘Private Conversations’Microsoft Wants Xbox Live on iOS, Android, and Even Nintendo SwitchOcasio-Cortez Slams Tech Companies Over Climate Denial at Conference Skype Brings Screen Sharing to iOS, AndroidSkype Tests End-To-End Encryption With ‘Private Conversations’ Stay on targetlast_img

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