04 December 2018
Microsoft has released a new Skype update to make it a little more convenient to make video calls. This new update adds the ability to blur the background while on a video call. This should come in handy in a number of situation where a user would not want the other person(s) to see what else is going on in the room.
This new Skype background blur feature is exactly the same one which Microsoft already offers with Teams. It is powered by artificial intelligence which helps it differentiate between the video calling user and his background. It helps blur everything in the background so that the full focus is only on the user.
It should be noted that this feature will not be enabled by default. It will have to be turned on manually depending on when you want to make use of it. This can be done via Skype video settings, video settings during the call or by simply right-clicking. The ability to enable or disable it during a video call is what makes it even better. It gives you the full freedom of deciding when exactly you want or don't want to blur the background.
One important to keep in mind is that Microsoft has said, "We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we cannot guarantee that your background will always be blurred." So while you use the feature, do keep this disclaimer in mind.