For those of us who aren't experts on North Korea, the feature could still be a godsend if you're about to take a group conference call from your office and there's laundry hanging all over it.
According to Skype's announcement, the new feature works like the background blur functionality in Microsoft Teams, which was introduced back in September. It's been available in Microsoft Teams software since past year. The feature can also be set as the default for all of your video calls through Skype's settings.
Microsoft is bringing the background blur technology it introduced in Teams last summer to Skype.
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Microsoft itself points out that it means you won't have to wipe your whiteboard if its got sensitive information on it when you're about to speak to a potential investor. Once selected, the background will seamlessly get out of focus.
Microsoft says the feature uses AI trained in human form detection to keep the callers in focus and to specifically to detect things like your hair, hands and arms.
Cautioning the users, Microsoft also mentioned, "We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we can not guarantee that your background will always be blurred".
This new Skype feature is now available only for most desktops and laptops, which means it will work without additional specialized hardware. its arrival comes at a curious time shortly after it was revealed that Google was also working on some form of depth detection for its Duo video chat app.