This week Skype received a new feature. Now service users can activate background blur in video calls.

 

The point of the feature is that the user can hide from the person on the other end, for example, an uncleaned room or a business plan on a board behind him.

“Background blur in Skype and Teams uses artificial intelligence (AI)—trained in human form detection—to keep you in focus during your call.  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."

The developers noted that background blur in Skype is similar to background blur in Microsoft Teams. The results are similar to the ones of the bokeh effect, which is often used in the iPhone's Portrait Mode.

This feature is available to Windows, Linux and macOS users. You can download the new version on the Skype website.